Meet Our Team

Our strength is in the excellence of our people

Our focus is on our members. We are a small and passionate team dedicated to helping you.

The team works across the strategic priorities of member services, professional development, policy and advocacy, marketing and communications.

 

 

 

 

Dr Tony Coles
Chief Executive Officer

Prior to his appointment at Audiology Australia in 2015, Tony spent six years as the CEO of the Australian Association of Gerontology. He is a Director on the Boards of the Allied Health Professions Australia and the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions. A graduate of the Australian Public Service, Department of Health and Ageing, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Tony has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, where he specialised in men’s health and ageing issues, including men’s uptake of health services.

 

Elissa Campbell
Research and Policy Manager

Elissa has an extensive background working in health law and policy for a variety of not-for-profit organisations. As Research and Policy Manager, she is responsible for the development of policy documents on issues relevant to the audiology profession and hearing health care. Elissa is passionate about making a difference and using policy and advocacy to improve health outcomes for all Australians. 

Jan McFarlane
Operations Manager

Jan is a long-standing staff member of Audiology Australia, joining the team in 2001. Prior to joining Audiology Australia Jan has worked in a number of commercial organisations, in various administrative roles.  As Operations Manager, Jan is responsible for managing the member services team, as well as the internship and CPD programs.  She is actively involved in assisting student members transition into full members, and then undergoing the internship program to become an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist. 

 

Savio D'sa
Education and Communications Manager

Savio brings over 10 years’ marketing and events experience to the team. He is responsible for the overall education program delivered by Audiology Australia including all marketing and communications activities. Savio is passionate about delivering education that goes beyond just CPD points and always welcomes input in developing educational programs that continually help inform and up-skill audiologists.

Cassandra Jensen
Conference Manager

Cassandra has over a decade of experience managing and coordinating a wide range of events within the not-for-profit and member associations sectors. Cassandra volunteers as an events consultant to various not-for-profit organisations. One of Cassandra’s greatest professional achievements to date was managing a world first symposium in 2017, hosted by PartnerSpeak. Cassandra is passionate about providing exceptional customer service and delivering outstanding events to conference delegates.

 

Melissa Phibbs
Events and Communications Coordinator

Melissa has over eight years’ experience in event management and communications and is responsible for the chapter conferences, professional development workshops and the member value webinar series. She has a passion for health and enjoys delivering quality education opportunities to members.

Simone Cutajar
Communications Officer

Simone has over 15 years of communications and media experience. She studied Journalism and Public Relations at Deakin University and has experience working for not for profit and membership-based organisations as well as local government. Simone is responsible for the development, coordination and distribution of communications for Audiology Australia, as well as creating content and managing all online assets including the website and social media platforms.

 

David Rischbieth
Finance Manager

David is the chief number-cruncher at Audiology Australia which sees him manage all things finance, including budgeting, monthly management and board financial reporting, as well as annual financial statements. He brings over 30 years of finance experience to Audiology Australia, with past roles including research institutes, local government and professional associations.

 

Sejal Shah
Accounts and Payroll Officer

Sejal is responsible for accounts payable, receivable and payroll. Sejal has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Commerce and has worked in various sales, marketing and communications roles, before changing her focus to accounts and payroll.

 

Jenny Smith
Editorial Manager

Jenny began working for Audiology Australia in 2006, before taking an international role based in Denmark. Upon her return to Australia in 2013, Jenny found her way back to Audiology Australia and re-engaged with members on local issues as editor of Audiology Now. Jenny loves crafting words and continuing to learn and grow professionally, even after 40 years in the audiology profession.

 

Angela Marshall
CPD Endorsement and Internship Officer

Angela lectured in Audiology at the University of Melbourne for more than 35 years before joining the Audiology Australia team in 2015. Angela's current role includes member services administration relating to CPD endorsement and the internship program.

 

Hayley Dougal
Administration and Member Support Officer

Hayley is the first point of contact for most Audiology Australia members. She completed a Diploma of Visual Merchandising at RMIT in 2015 and has over five years of experience in administration and customer service. Hayley has a passion for working in the health care sector, most recently moving from the Mercy Hospital for Women where she worked in the Patient Services department. 

Accreditation and Policy Officer

Rachel has a background in communication and education, having worked in the accreditation of health education programs across several different health professions over the past ten years. She has worked as accreditation manager for two different registered health professions, developed eLearning materials to support accreditation teams and currently sits on the Accreditation Committee for the Australian Osteopath Accreditation Council.