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 Barbra Timmer
Director, President

Barbra Timmer, PhD, MBA, is Senior Scientist for Sonova AG and Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to starting her academic career, Barbra worked in clinical audiology in Australia and The Netherlands and gained hearing care industry experience in Switzerland. Her current research interests include the real-world challenges and audiological outcomes for adults with hearing impairment, the implementation of family-centred care in audiological practice, vestibular function in older adults with hearing impairment, and mHealth/teleaudiology.

Marjolijn Kindt


Marjolijn completed her Masters in Speech Pathology and Audiology 
(University of Ghent, Belgium) in 1997, and has since enjoyed 23 years of working in the profession of audiology, the last 17 years in Australia. She has worked across a range of audiological environments, including clinical audiometry and vestibulometry in and ENT practice; adult audiological rehabilitation including hearing aid fitting; paediatric audiology; auditory processing assessment; and teaching clinics for university students. Marjolijn also has extensive experience in project management, market share growth and subject matter expertise within the hearing instrument manufacturing industry. In March 2019, she graduated as Executive Master in Business Administration from QUT, Brisbane. 

Myra Ng

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.


Yetta Abrahams
Director, Vice President

Yetta is a hearing care professional and leading audiologist with more than 20 years in the field of hearing implants. She’s is currently the Senior Manager for Education and Professional Engagement for Cochlear Asia Pacific, and has held previous roles with The Shepherd Centre, University of Sydney, Hearing Implants Australia, the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre and Sydney Children’s Hospital. Her interests lie in leadership and innovation in the clinical arena. She has worked closely and collaboratively with teams of audiologists, surgeons, speech pathologists and researchers to challenge current thinking and embrace the integration of person-centred care and evidence-based practice. She is inspired by clinicians from around the world who share the goal of delivering the best possible services for the best possible outcomes. Yetta is also a current non-executive director for the board of Hear for You. The focus of her career continues to be innovation and advocacy for people with hearing disabilities of all ages so that hearing is not a barrier in any part of their lives.


Xiaoyin Shang

Xiaoyin Shang started her career as an audiologist and Clinic Manager in  metro and rural Melbourne. Following her Biomedicine and Clinical Audiology degrees, she pursued an MBA focused on strategy and innovation. Xiaoyin joined NAL as Head of Strategy and Innovation in 2020, combining past experiences and her passion in Audiology to change the lives of people with hearing difficulties.
Xiaoyin was the inaugural president/founder of Clinical Audiology Students' Association during Masters degree, and the inaugural Chair of ECA in Audiology Australia after graduation. Xiaoyin was also the Victorian Chapter Chair for Audiology Australia from 2016 to 2020.


Emma Ramsay

Emma has been a proud member of Audiology Australia since 2003.  Over her 20+ year career, Emma worked in Australia and internationally as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist.  Emma is a member of Cochlear Limited’s Australian leadership team, holding the role of Clinical Director for Australia and New Zealand.  In this role, she is responsible for clinical leadership and delivering services to 17,000+ recipients.

Emma has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology and a Masters in Clinical Audiology.  Emma has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and participated in a Leading Innovative Change Leadership program through UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education.  To supplement her clinical knowledge, Emma has taken select leadership courses, particularly in the field of Customer Service and Communications. 

Emma began her career at Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC). This was followed by an appointment with United Kingdom's renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, where Emma held the position of Chief Audiologist. Emma joined Cochlear Ltd in 2008, where she has held positions in the Asia Pacific clinical education team and marketing team. Emma has extensively travelled Asia Pacific supporting, presenting to and training hearing health care professionals on clinical best practice.

Dr Bec Bennett

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 Jessica Vitkovic

Dr Jessica Vitkovic, PhD, MBA, is the Better Hearing Experience Lead at Better Hearing Australia Victoria Inc and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Jessica is a hearing healthcare professional and an audiologist with more than 19 years experience as one of Australia’s leading researchers in vestibular audiology, responsible for setting up one of Melbourne's first public vestibular physiotherapy services. She has an accomplished research background with strong clinical applications focussing on vestibular migraine and vestibular physiotherapy outcomes and more recently, the contribution of hearing to balance control. Her current role at Better Hearing Australia Victoria utilizes human centred design approaches to design contemporary and bold new 'whole-person' services for those impacted by hearing conditions. 

Cleon Kirby, Director

Cleon Kirby

Cleon is an Area Manager for the Northern Region at NextSense managing four Cochlear Implant/Early Intervention Centres across NSW, QLD, and the NT to ensure clinics deliver best practice to clients on their cochlear implant journey. With a Masters of Clinical Audiology from the University of Queensland, Cleon has worked as a clinical audiologist for over 20 years in Australia and the UK including as a Cochlear Implant Audiologist for Next Sense, and in roles for Remote Area Health Corp and Western Australia Country Health Service, Victorian Hearing, Phonak and Australian Hearing.