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2021 AudA Board Announcement

Media Release

26 November 2021

AudA Announces Board Changes Ahead of New Five-year Strategic Plan

Audiology Australia (AudA) has announced changes to its Board this week following the re-election of Dr Barbra Timmer and Dr Bec Bennet, and the appointment of new Director, Next Sense Area Manager and Clinical Audiologist, Cleon Kirby.

The re-elected and newly elected Directors are joined on the Board by Marjolijn Kindt, Myra Ng, Yetta Abrahams, Xiaoyin Shang, Emma Ramsay and Dr Jessica Vittokovic.

Dr Timmer who was also re-appointed as Board President, said she was delighted to be given the opportunity to continue working with the AudA Board, staff, and membership to set the standards for audiological training and service delivery and help drive development and implementation of AudA’s strategic plan.

“I am honoured to continue to lead the AudA Board and to work with an outstanding mix of field leaders, including Bec and Cleon, who deepen its capacity to support the organisation, its membership and its mission,” said Dr Timmer.

AudA CEO, Dr Tony Coles said the re-election of Drs Timmer and Bennet and the addition of Cleon Kirby as Director, positioned the board with the depth of knowledge, expertise, and experience to take the organisation forward into its next chapter.

“As AudA plans for the next five years, I look forward to working with the Board to develop the next stage of our strategic blueprint to shape and deepen our impact and influence as the national voice and accrediting body for the audiology profession and our members,” said Dr Coles.

The Board also announced the appointment of two current Board Directors to Office Bearer roles. Yetta Abrahams will take on the role of Vice President while Marjolijn Kindt will replace outgoing Board Director, Nick Baulderstone as Treasurer after his decision to step down after three years.

Thanking Mr Baulderstone for his service as a Director and Treasurer, Dr Timmer said the NextSense audiologist had been instrumental in helping shape the impact and success of its 2018-23 five-year strategic plan. She said AudA and the Board had benefited greatly from his significant wealth of clinical audiology experience and passion.

“On behalf of the Board and AudA, I thank Nick for three outstanding years of service including in the role of Treasurer. We have valued and benefited from his input and understanding of audiology and his contributions have helped shape the future and standards of the profession,” said Dr Timmer.

Meet AudA’s New and Re-elected Board Members and Office Bearers

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.

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 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.

Marjolijn Kindt - Director - Treasurer

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.

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.

Cleon Kirby - Director

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.

About Audiology Australia

Audiology Australia is the peak professional association representing audiologists in Australia. Established in 1968, it has a current membership of over 3,000 audiologists representing approximately 95% of the profession.

Audiology Australia’s mission is to provide leadership in the science and practice of audiology through advocacy, education and networking. We enable audiologists to deliver the highest standards of person-centred care. Audiology Australia provides professional accreditation for audiologists. Professional accreditation by Audiology Australia is a requirement to provide audiological services that fall under Medicare, the Hearing Services Program, state and territory work cover schemes, as well as many private health insurance funds. The profession of audiology is self regulating, and Audiology Australia strives to help our members achieve the highest standards when delivering services to their clients.

More Information

Read more about the full board here

For Interview

Dr Barbra Timmer, Audiology Australia Board President
Dr Tony Coles, Audiology Australia CEO

Contact:

Laura Watson
Audiology Australia Communications and PR Manager
Ph. 04215 18733 E. laura.watson@audiology.asn.au

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