Name: Poh Boon Fong
Credential: Boon Fong graduated from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) with a Bachelor of Audiology in the year 2003. She later pursued the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CeMBA) at Wawasan Open University (WOU) and was awarded the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Memorial Prize for being the best student in WOU’s postgraduate programmes in 2012. She is a member of the Malaysian Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (MASH) as well as an international member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).
Interest: Community services and management of hearing impairments among children and adults. Boon Fong also has special interest in managing patients with tinnitus and/or hyperacusis.
Achievement: Boon Fong initiated the first “Better Hearing & Speech In May” (BHS) awareness campaign in Malaysia in 2004. The campaign aimed to provide early diagnosis and intervention to those suffering from speech-language and hearing problems. Throughout the month of May, the team provided free speech-language and hearing assessment to the public. Due to the success of the campaign, MASH adopted BHS in 2006 and since then, BHS has been celebrated nationwide in Malaysia. Boon Fong is also part of the team that started the Cochlear Implant Programme in the Northern Region in 2005, bringing the gift of hearing and a new light of hope to the hearing impaired community.