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 Adjunct Senior Research Fellow 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 Health/teleaudiology.

Marian Jones
Director – Vice President

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.

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.

 

Yetta Abrahams
Director

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.

 

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.

 

Emma Ramsay
Director

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
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 Jessica Vitkovic
Director

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. 

Nicholas Baulderstone 
Director

Nick is a clinical audiologist with experience working with adults and children in Sydney, rural and remote Australia and London. His goal is to be a contributing member of a dynamic and innovative audiology industry, with a focus on patient centred practice. Nick currently works at 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, Nick is responsible for providing cochlear implant services to the community.