Meet our Board 

Your representatives leading the profession

We are governed by the Board of Directors who has the responsibility of making effective decisions in the best interests of the profession. 

The Board sets our mission, vision, values and strategic direction.

 

 

 

Dr Jessica Vitkovic
Director - President

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.

Rebecca Allnut
Director – Vice President

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 one of two senior audiologists.

Myra Cairns
Director - Treasurer

Myra has been working in adult rehabilitation at Australian Hearing in Tasmania since graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2014. The last few years she has specialised further to work with adults with more complex communication needs. Myra has a strong interest in the holistic model of patient-centred care, with a key interest in supporting regional and rural members with local CPD opportunities. She is passionate about continuing the time, energy and funds the association has devoted over recent years to increase the access and breadth of CPD education that is available to members.

Dr Jason Ridgway
Director

Jason completed a Diploma in Audiology in 1991, Masters in Science in 1999 and a PhD in 2017. He is an experienced health professional, adviser and consultant with extensive background in rehabilitative hearing health care, government policy and strategy, cross-disciplinary stakeholder management, project work and executive level leadership. Jason has wide-ranging experience in the community, public and private health sectors in adult aural rehabilitation and tinnitus management, and he is passionate about motivation, mental health and wellbeing, program design and service quality. 

Margaret Dewberry
Director

Margaret has been an Audiologist for 40 years and for most of this time has worked at Australian Hearing as a clinical Audiologist, clinical Manager and finally Executive Manager responsible for the Community Service Obligations Program, and Executive Manager Indigenous and Multicultural Services, Government Relations and Corporate Governance. Margaret  has undertaken humanitarian audiology work in Samoa and served on the Board of EARS Inc, a humanitarian audiology group.

 

Marian Jones
Director

Marian graduated from Macquarie University in 1984 and began working for Australian Hearing until 2006. During that time, she worked with adults before becoming a paediatric specialist. Marian then had various roles, including Centre Manager, working on Learning and Development projects and later as a Clinical Advisor. Being able to work in various roles and specialist areas as an audiologist has enabled Marian to continue to develop and learn new skills as well as extend her knowledge.

Bec Bennett
Director

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. Bec completed her PhD at the University of Western  Australia in 2018, where her PhD work developed and translated clinical tools to enhance audiological clinical practices.

Dr Barbra Timmer 
Director


After graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Audiology from The University of Queensland (UQ) in 1992, Barbra gained clinical audiology experience in both diagnostics and rehabilitation at institutions such as Australian Hearing and VU University Medical Center in The Netherlands. Barbra completed her MBA in 2003 and a PhD in Audiology in 2017.  She is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at UQ as well as Senior Scientist at Sonova and her research focuses on the real-world challenges and audiological outcomes for adults with hearing impairment.

Nicholas Baulderstone 
Director

Upon completing his Masters of Audiology in 2010 at Macquarie University, Nicholas began his clinical career with Australian Hearing. In 2014 he spent two years working in the Paediatric Audiology Team at The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London. On returning from the UK, he began his current role with the Cochlear Implant Program (Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre) at the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). In his current role at Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre and Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Nicholas is responsible for providing cochlear implant services to the community.