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Harvey Coates AO DM MS FRCS(C) FRACS DABO  is a Paediatric Otolaryngologist and Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia, School of Paediatrics and Child Health and University Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,and former Senior ENT Surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

He is past Chairman of the Aboriginal Sub-committee of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck and Surgery. His current research interests are  chronic rhinosinusitis and adenoid disease, obstructive sleep disorder and newborn hearing screening and Indigenous children’s ear disease.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his work and research in paediatric otolaryngology and ear disease in Aboriginal children. He has also won several other awards including the Deafness Council WA Inc. Dr Harry Blackmore Award (2004) the Australian Lions Foundation William R Tresise Fellow Award for humanitarian services (2002) and the Fiona Stanley Medal (2001).

He studied medicine at the University of Queensland and trained in Australia as well as in the United States of America where he worked at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He undertakes an active role in the management of Aboriginal ear health. He is the author of numerous book chapters and over 70 papers. He is a member of 15 learned societies and committees both in medicine and the arts. Dr Coates is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.


DM Doctorate of Medicine University of Western Australia

AO Officer of the Order of Australia

MB BS UQ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MS (Otol) Minn Master of Science in Otolaryngology.
FRCS(C) Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons(Canada)
FRACS Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
DABO Diploma American Board of Otolaryngology


Professor David Watters OBE, President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Clinical Professor Harvey Coates AO, and Associate Professor Kelvin Kong FRACS  at the presentation of the Inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Headquarters in Melbourne.

Professor Coates was the proud recipient of the Inaugural Award to recognise his outstanding contribution to closing the Indigenous health gap.  After more than three decades treating children in remote locations, Professor Coates has seen the damage that chronic otitis media (middle ear inflammation) causes in Aboriginal children in regional Western Australia.

Professor Coates spends six to eight weeks a year in remote Aboriginal communities and urban outreach clinics for Aboriginal children.

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