Plenary sessions - keynote speakers
Pino has a BA and Dip. Ed (Secondary), is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (FPRIA) and a Qualified Practicing Market Research (QPMR) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAIDC) He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2017; a Knight Commander (Commendatore) of the Italian Republic in 2009 and received the Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Immigration 2011 by the Migration Institute of Australia.
Pino is an expert in immigration, multicultural affairs and social policy areas relevant to diversity. Through this expertise he has made his mark in helping organisations understand, respond to and benefit from the cultural diversity of the population. Most recently Pino has delivered his expertise through governance roles in a number of government companies, private companies and community sector Boards.
Although new to Starkey Australia since November 2017, Judy has been a member of the Starkey US Education and Training team since 2010. Before joining Starkey, she was director of the audiology department at a large ENT practice in Washington DC. Prior to her experience on the industry side, Judy had over 15 years of experience in the clinical setting including hearing aid fittings, comprehensive diagnostic testing on adult and paediatric patients, vestibular testing, evoked potentials and optoacoustic emissions testing.
Judy received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her master’s degree in Audiology from Kent State University in Ohio before going on to receive her doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2007.
Ush’s qualifications and certifications in Executive Coaching, Emotional Intelligence Coaching, Neuro Leadership and Mediation is complimented by working in the field. Ush has worked with a variety of corporate clients ranging from the Australia Federal Police, Smeg Australia, all the way to hospitality, medical and dental. Ush is also on the Board of Directors for Hunterlink, an employee wellbeing service. Having worked for clients across the globe from Australia, Shanghai, Canada and London, Ush’s experience will be second to none whether you are looking for corporate training or individual coaching.
Ush’s qualifications and certifications in Executive Coaching, Emotional Intelligence Coaching, Neuro Leadership and Mediation is complimented by working in the field, having worked with a variety of corporate clients ranging from the Australia Federal Police, Smeg Australia, all the way to hospitality, medical and dental.
Emma Ramsay has worked in Australia and internationally as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist. Emma has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology and a Masters in Clinical Audiology. Emma began her audiology career at Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC), and this was followed by an appointment with United Kingdom's renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where Emma held the position of Chief Audiologist on the Cochlear Implant Program. Emma joined Cochlear in 2008, where she has held positions in the Asia Pacific clinical education team and marketing team. Emma has travelled all through Asia Pacific supporting, presenting to and training hearing health care professionals. More recently Emma has been appointed Clinical Director for Australia and New Zealand.
Mel Ferguson (PhD)
Mel Ferguson has recently become the Head of Audiology at the National Acoustic Laboratories, and has responsibility for the Adult Hearing Loss research area. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor and Consultant Clinical Scientist (audiology) at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, UK. Her translational research programme on Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss focussed on (i) e-health and self-management, (ii) listening and cognition, and (iii) listening devices.
Mel has a long track record in audiology professional affairs, with leadership roles in the British Society of Audiology and British Academy of Audiology. She contributed to developing national UK NICE clinical guidelines on hearing Loss.
Dawn joined Starkey in January 2019, after a wealth of experience in the Audiology Profession, both clinically and managing large teams. Dawn qualified as an Audiologist in the UK, and relocated to Australia to pursue her career in 2007. Dawn has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical Audiologist, working in both retail and wholesale as well as practicing as a high performing leader.
Her passion in leading and coaching others to perform at their very best, coupled with many years of experience of leading large, multidisciplinary teams has allowed her to create a holistic view of what excellence really looks like.
Rebecca graduated from the University of QLD Postgraduate Degree of Audiology in 1994, and was the first Indigenous Audiologist to graduate from this university. Since then, much of her working life has been spent in the Northern Territory. She has been fortunate to work in a lot of different areas in audiology including diagnostics, rehabilitation, private practice and research. In 2008, she was awarded a Public Service Medal for services to improving Indigenous Ear Health in Central Australia. Rebecca is currently Acting Manager with the Hearing Health Services Central Australia as well as Vice President of Audiology Australia.
Kathryn ‘Kat’ Penno had an auspicious start to her audiology career after leaving her corporate business role in the mining & resources sector. Kat's passion for healthcare, communication and human connection coupled with her interest in business and technology has led her to become a leader in Telehealth and online healthcare service delivery.
Having written her masters thesis on the future of audiology and being an advocate for online hearing health care and proactive healthcare, Kat founded the Hearing Collective. Hearing Collective is an online audiological service providing an alternative and complementary services, to traditionally delivered business models.
Childhood listening beyond the audiogram
Prof Harvey Dillon AO
Macquarie University, University of Manchester, National Acoustics Laboratories
Prof Dillon has most recently conducted research into auditory processing disorders, electrophysiological assessment, and the outcomes of hearing aid fitting. Prof Dillon is the author of over 250 scientific publications and a widely used text book on hearing aids. He has been closely associated with the various NAL prescription rules, COSI outcomes evaluation, the trainable hearing aid, the LiSN-S test of spatial processing, and clinical cortical response testing.
He is a part-time Professor at Macquarie University, part-time Professor at the University of Manchester, and part-time Senior Research Scientist at the National Acoustic Laboratories.
Prof Suzanne Purdy
University of Auckland, the Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence
Professor Suzanne Purdy is Head School of Psychology at the University of Auckland and Principal Investigator in the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and the Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence. Her academic background is in psychology, speech science and audiology and she has research interests in communication disorders, auditory processing, hearing and neurological conditions. Her research includes two large scale studies of hearing and auditory processing in adolescents in the Pacific Islands Families Study and in New Zealand adults in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Together with her former doctoral students Dr Joan Leung and Dr Rose Kalathottukaren she has investigated auditory and prosody perception in children with hearing loss and children with autism spectrum disorder.
Assoc Prof Dani Tomlin
The University of Melbourne
Dani is a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne, with more than 15 years clinical experience. She holds a PhD in Clinical Audiology and her specialist areas are Paediatrics, Infant Diagnostics and Auditory Processing Disorders.
University of Melbourne
Philippa earned a Master of Clinical Audiology in 2012 from the University of Melbourne and a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Florida in 2017. Philippa is working on developing a clinical model for the audiologic management of children with Autism. Her prior work history includes hearing aid fitting and counselling, and auditory processing assessment and management.
Assoc Prof Wayne Wilson
The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
Dr Wayne Wilson PhD MAudSA CCP is an Associate Professor in Audiology at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. He has worked mostly as a university academic in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Wayne’s current research interests include auditory processing disorder (APD), simulated learning environments, and the signal processing of auditory evoked potentials. He has published >70 papers, book chapters and patents; given >200 presentations at scientific conferences; and secured over AUD$3 million in competitive research grants. His CAPD research is widely read and has been included in white papers and national guidelines internationally.
Dr Kerryn Saunders
Dr Saunders is a Developmental Paediatrician who began working with children with hearing loss and their families and those with Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1985. Dr Saunders’ research topic presentations and publications have included Universal Newborn Infant Hearing Screening, hearing loss in preterm infants, the genetics of hearing loss, targeted newborn CMV screening, congenital CMV and auditory neuropathy, auditory processing in children with ASD, upper limb and gait analysis in children with high functioning ASD, long term developmental follow up of infants born extremely prematurely and developmental outcomes in children conceived through Assisted Reproductive Techniques.
Dr Kelley Graydon
University of Melbourne
Dr Kelley Graydon is a Paediatric audiologist and Lecturer at The University of Melbourne. She has been working in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology for twelve years and is involved in research, teaching and co-ordination roles within the Master of Clinical Audiology Course. Kelley has a strong research background with a particular emphasis on clinical applications. Kelley’s recent research investigated the effects of chronic middle ear pathology in early childhood on the development of central auditory processing skills. Her research focused on spatial processing disorder, in particular its prevalence in children with a history of conductive hearing loss.
Hearing and cognitive decline in ageing: New directions for audiologic practice
Eriksholm Research Centre
Gabrielle (Gaby) Saunders, Ph.D., is the Research Area Manager for eHealth at Eriksholm Research Centre. She is responsible for overseeing the direction of ehealth research and for planning and preparing studies. Her group’s work combines the application of technology - such as the internet and big data tools - with person-centered approaches to ehealth solutions in order to optimize hearing healthcare uptake, provision of hearing aid services, and support for patients, their families, and hearing healthcare professionals alike. Prior to joining Eriksholm, Gaby was Associate Director of the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) in Portland, USA. In additional to health, Gaby has expertise in developing tools to improve audiological rehabilitation, in health psychology and in hearing-related outcomes measurement.
Prof Kathy Pichora-Fuller
University of Toronto
Kathy Pichora-Fuller is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Previously, she taught Audiology at the University of British Columbia. She combines clinical experience in rehabilitative audiology with experimental psychology and has earned an international reputation for her interdisciplinary approach linking research on auditory and cognitive processing during communication in everyday life. She co-chaired the Eriksholm Workshop on “Hearing Impairment and Cognitive Energy” that resulted in the consensus on the Framework on Understanding Effortful Listening (FUEL) published as a 2016 special issue of Ear and Hearing. She also co-chaired the 2016 World Congress of Audiology in Vancouver.
Baycrest Centre, Toronto
Marilyn Reed is the Practice Advisor for Audiology at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, where she has worked since 1997. She graduated with a Masters degree in Audiology from the University of Southampton in England in 1976. Since moving to Canada in the same year, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, with a focus on geriatrics, rehabilitation and clinical research in the area of hearing and cognition. Most recently, she was the principal investigator on a Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovations SPARK grant examining the provision of a community-based hearing rehabilitation program for at-risk seniors.
Dr Natalie Phillips
Dr Natalie Phillips is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University. She examines the neuropsychology of healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease, using clinical and experimental tasks and measures of electrical brain activity (EEG/ERP). Natalie’s current research interests include sensory-cognitive interactions and speech and language processing in older adults, including those who are bilingual. She is one of the principal developers of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a cognitive screening instrument used globally for the assessment of mild cognitive impairment. She is also the academic lead neuropsychologist for the COMPASS-ND study in the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and is the founding leader of CCNA Team 17, which examines sensory decline and cognitive function in persons with dementia.
Infusing Counselling in Audiology Practice
Prof Louise Hickson
The University of Queensland
Prof Louise Hickson is Professor of Audiology and Associate Dean External Engagement in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at The University of Queensland. Prof Hickson has published 250 research articles, books and book chapters with her main focus on the effects of hearing impairment on people's everyday lives and the development of strategies and interventions that improve the uptake and outcomes of hearing rehabilitation. Her most recent book to be published in 2019 is "Patient and Family-Centered Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: A Practical Guide for Students". Professor Hickson is an elected Fellow and past President of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology and a Fellow and Past President of the Audiology Australia.
Dr Joseph Montano
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
Dr Joseph Montano is a Professor of Audiology and Director of Hearing and Speech at Weill Cornell Medicine. He received his Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University and M.A. from New York University. Dr Montano is licensed as an Audiologist in New York State and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) and is a Fellow through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). He served as ASHA Vice President for Standards/Ethics in Audiology and is Past President of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. In addition to numerous presentations and publications, he is the co-editor of the book Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation.
Assoc Prof Christina Bryant
University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Christina Bryant is an academic clinical psychologist and currently serving as the Director of the University of Melbourne’s clinical psychology training programme. She has 20 years’ clinical experience and 15 years’ research experience in psychology and the mental health of older adults, in particular the prevalence of anxiety and depression, the relationship between attitudes to ageing and anxiety, depression, and well-being, managing long-term physical conditions, and the promotion of healthy ageing.
Dr Bec Bennett
Ear Science Institute Australia
Bec is a clinical and research audiologist from the Ear Science Institute Australia. Her current research focuses on improving outcomes for older adults with hearing loss, specifically successful hearing aid and cochlear implant use.
Dr Caitlin Barr
Better Hearing Australia
Dr Caitlin Barr is the CEO of Better Hearing Australia (VIC) and Senior Lecturer in Audiology within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Dr Barr is known for her research on person-centred hearing care and audiologist communication skills, and now implements person-centred approaches to hearing care in her organisation. Caitlin is an experienced clinician, lecturer, Board director and advocate for change in hearing care.
vestibular bootcamp (introductory & advanced)
University Of Melbourne
Donella is a vestibular audiologist at the University of Melbourne. She has a special interest in diagnosis and management of people with balance disorders, coordinating the Balance Disorders Unit within the clinic. Donella is actively involved in educating graduate Audiology students, leading them through clinical practice, practicum and lectures in vestibular audiology. She is also currently undertaking her PhD on vestibular function in children.
Dr David Szmulewicz
Dizziness & Balance Disorders Centre
David Szmulewicz is a Neurologist, Neuro-otologist and medical researcher. His clinical and research interests include balance disorders that affect the vestibular system, cerebellum and the combination of the two. He is Head, Balance Disorders & Ataxia Service at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital and founder of the AlfredHeallth Cerebellar Ataxia Clinic. David is lead investigator on research defining a novel ataxia – CANVAS, a project looking at improved methods of imbalance diagnosis, as well as the development of an objective bedside test of imbalance - the video VVOR. He is co-director of The Australian Temporal Bone Bank.
Dr Jessica Vitkovic
The University of Melbourne
Dr Jessica Vitkovic is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Dept. of Audiology and Speech Pathology, The University of Melbourne. As the leader of the department's vestibular research, she continues to remain at the forefront of vestibular audiology practice, having helped set-up one of Melbourne’s first public vestibular physiotherapy services. This is underpinned by an accomplished research background with strong clinical applications focusing is on vestibular migraine and vestibular physiotherapy outcomes and more recently, the contribution of hearing to balance control.
Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dizzy Day Clinic, Austin Health
Arimbi has 20 years of clinical physiotherapy practice with an interest in neurological rehabilitation and falls prevention and focussing on vestibular rehabilitation for the past twelve years. She completed her Masters in Vestibular Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University in 2010. Arimbi currently works at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, at Dizzy Day Clinics, and at Austin Health as Outpatient Physiotherapist for patients with neurological and vestibular dysfunction. She conducts regular vestibular rehabilitation physiotherapy training in conjunction with the APA as well as yearly lectures at the University of Melbourne and at James Cook University in Townsville.
Dr Kamran Barin (PhD)
Ohio State University, Ohio
Dr Kamran Barin, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor Emeritus, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Department of Speech & Hearing Science, The Ohio State University.
Dr Barin will deliver a number of hands-on workshops in the advanced Vestibular Bootcamp stream.
He established and served as the Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center for over 25 years until his retirement in June 2011. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has published over 80 articles and book chapters and has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Anne is a Clinical Gr 4 Physiotherapist at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Coordinator RMH Vestibular Rehabilitation Service and RMH Falls and Balance Clinic. She is a Churchill Fellow who has worked as a physiotherapist for 27 years, largely in the field of improving health, outcomes and advocacy for older people. In the past 15 years, Anne has worked primarily with patients and clients presenting with vestibular symptoms, plus/minus diagnoses.