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. 



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.


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.


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.