The Spirit of Sound Storybook


Hearing Australia is proud to have partnered with artist Davinder Hart, of the Noongar nation to develop the Spirit of Sound, a children’s storybook that explores the importance of hearing and sound in the context of cultural connections and traditions.


When we start to listen we can start to learn. – Davinder Hart

For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, ear and hearing trouble starts before they turn two. It’s a time when they are learning to listen, yarn and communicate. These skills are important for building relationships, learning culture and learning in school.

Davinder Hart is an Indigenous artist who was born in Perth, Western
Australia. His connections spread far and wide over to west of NSW. He pays his respects to his grandfather (Nudgee) Paul Gordon and his uncles, for with their knowledge passed down he can tell stories through his paintings.


The book is designed to support parents, educators and carers to engage with children about what they can hear, encouraging interaction on hearing and promoting dialogue in communities on hearing health.
The book is free to organisations who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and to all communities across the country to raise awareness about the importance of a regular hearing check early in life.


Hear from Davinder Hart on the Spirit of Sound Storybook

“The three circles in the spirit of sound represent Music, Dance and Mother Earth. Three things that are incredibly important to my culture and all intrinsically connected. The lines connecting the circles represent the connection between music, dance and mother earth and passing down of knowledge between generations.”

“I'm very proud to work with Hearing Australia to highlight the importance of sound to myself and to Indigenous people. When we hear sound it travels through our ears into our bodies and wakes up our feelings. In this book you can see the spirits of sound and how it moves around like a message being sent.

When we start to listen we can start to learn.”

Disclaimer: The Spirit of Sound is not an old Ngurrampaa (dreamtime) story. The story and illustrations were developed by Noongar man Davinder Hart and represent how he sees the spirit of sounds through his eyes. The development of the story was supported by the knowledge passed down from his elder’s, uncle Paul Gordan (Nudgee) and uncle Waylon Boney (Kamilaroi) who hoped the story would connect young children to the importance of sound to community and culture.”


Supporting the HAPEE program and First Nations children's hearing health this WHD - Meet Professor Kelvin Kong


Professor Kelvin Kong is a proud Worimi man and ear, nose and throat surgeon working with children to improve hearing health. Kelvin is joining HAPEE today on World Hearing Day to host a parent's Q&A with special guests, Wiradjuri man and father Luke Carroll, Gumbaynggirr, Dhungatti, Torres Strait Islander mother, Elsie Seriat OAM, and Noongar mother and grandmother, Daniella Borg.


Kelvin says improving hearing health is so important. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids and our mob are more likely to getaffected by hearing issues and its effects,” said Kelvin.
“The problem with that is that it means our language, our development, ourspeech, and our progression through life can be hampered.
“Tune into our pre-recorded yarning session about out the signs to look out for and tips to help parents in taking that first step to get a hearing check so they can be ready to listen and learn.”

To find out more about our HAPEE spokespeople visit here.


Resources available to help promote the Spirit of Sound and good hearing health in the community: Click Here




Community Engagement Officers from the HAPEE Team will be attending Spirit of Sound events around the country to support the launch of the book.

If you are interested in having a Spirit of Sound visit to your service and storytime with kids in your community please email the team at




*The Hearing Assessment Program is an initiative of Hearing Australia and funded by the Australian Government. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children not yet attending full time school are eligible to be seen. All services provided under this program are free of charge. A hearing check includes a number of age-appropriate tests of hearing and middle ear function.