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Audiology Australia Awards Put the Profession up in Lights

After three years of mostly virtual events, Australian and international audiologists and hearing health professionals joined Audiology Australia in channelling some Hollywood glamour as they honoured the best of the profession with the 2023 AudA Awards at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast.

A total of 18 awards across five categories were presented at the conference dinner, recognising outstanding service and extraordinary achievement at every stage of the profession including students, early career audiologists and experienced practitioners.

2023 AudA Award Winners

Life Membership Awards: Helen Goulios and Alison King

Fellow Membership Award: Sandra Bellekom, Myriam Westcott, and Janis Whitehead

Certificate for Outstanding Service: Jenny Smith, Martin Edward Wall and Dayse Tavora-Veira

Outstanding Supervisors: Lawrence Sim, Blake Henderson, Shirley Lam, Jevan Leggett, Faubala Nemetala, Anne Dunne

Audiology Australia Internship Awards: Quinnie Sun, Laura Drexler, Isaac Mau and Zxeng Lindt See

AudA President, Dr Barbra Timmer said this year’s winners were worthy recipients for their exceptional work and contributions to AudA and the profession.

“The passion, innovation, excellence, and leadership of these outstanding individuals whether at the beginning of their career or experienced leaders mentoring future generations is inspiring. In and beyond the clinic, each has made an indelible mark on the profession and its impact on Australia’s hearing health,” said Dr Timmer.

After the challenges of the past few years, AudA CEO, Dr Tony Coles said it was particularly special to be able to celebrate the profession and the extraordinary contributions and achievements of this year’s winners in person during the AudA 2023 Conference.

“For the first time in such a long time we are together again celebrating our profession and importantly these outstanding individuals. I congratulate and thank each of them for their leadership, service, and excellence in delivering quality hearing healthcare for all Australians,” he said.

The AudA Awards were presented on Tuesday 9 May during the AudA 2023 Conference on the Gold Coast.

The Tuesday AudA 2023 conference dinner and Wednesday closing plenary also saw awards presented to celebrate the knowledge, talent and expertise of AudA members who delivered oral and poster presentations at the conference, and the announcement of the Barbara Skurr Scholarship Recipients, named in honour of AudA's first female president and a founding member of AudA, to student members.

Conference Award Winners and Scholarship Recipients

Best Early Career Research Presentation Award: Ellen Bothe

Best Research Presentation Award: Dr Robyn Choi

Best Clinical Presentation Award: Melisha Sirisena

People’s Choice Oral Presentation Award: Prof Padraig Kitterick

Laurie Upfold Award: Marcus Voola

Best Early Career Research Poster: Taegan Young and Alice Pender

Best Research Poster: Angela Wong

Best Clinical Poster: Shaani Graves

People Choice Poster: Shaani Graves

Barbara Skurr Scholarship Recipients: Luke Austin, Sithmi Withana Arachchi, Nikolina Katarina Banovac, Grace Malone, Kerry Huang Chen and Lilly Leaver

Congratulations to all recipients. You can read more about the conference and the awards on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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