Professor Bamini Gopinath is the inaugural Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Health. In this role she leads the Public Health and Policy Pillar of Macquarie University Hearing. She is an epidemiologist who has been actively involved in developing and conducting numerous population health studies. To date she has co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed papers (with over 6500 citations to her name). Her publications have attracted >400 media stories with an estimated audience of 210 million people worldwide. Using large population datasets Bamini has provided novel community-based evidence on the health determinants and health outcomes associated with a sensory loss and disability. Her ongoing research in the public health field aims to translate key study findings into health policy and practice, with the intention of targeting current gaps that exist in Australian healthcare.