Professor Piers Dawes

The University of Queensland

Professor Colette Browning

Federation University Australia

Professor Browning is a health psychologist specialising in ageing and chronic illness management. Her research involves working with partners to facilitate implementation of evidence-based approaches in healthcare. She has a particular interest in the impact of dual sensory loss on social participation and mental health in older people.

Associate Professor Kasia Bail

University of Canberra

Dr Bail is Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Canberra and ACT Health Directorate. Her work involves older people, health services and nursing, and particularly examines the systemic barriers and enablers to person-focussed care.

Dr Carly Meyer

The University of Queensland

Dr Meyer is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London. She is interested in the development, implementation, and evaluation of complex interventions to improve outcomes for all people living with communication disabilities and their families.

We are a very diverse team, with expertise in hearing and vision care, implementation science, ageing, and health economics.

Associate Professor Angelita Martini

Brightwater Research Centre

Associate Professor Angelita Martini, PhD, is the Director of the not-for-profit Brightwater Research Centre.

Her research is focused on the health needs of vulnerable Australians, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and families impacted by illness. She has extensive experience in policy and health services research, leading to substantial influence on policy and practice through successful collaboration with community, government, industry and non-government organisations.

Professor Chyrisse Heine

Federation University Australia

Professor Chyrisse Heine is the Discipline Lead for Speech Pathology at Federation University Australia. She is a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist with research interests in Dual Sensory Loss, Auditory Processing Disorder and capacity-building services in Majority world countries. Chyrisse is a highly experienced clinician and has worked extensively with people of all ages who have hearing loss.

Associate Professor Yuanyuan Gu

Macquarie University

Dr Gu is a Senior Research Fellow at the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy. His research is in the broad area of health economics, economics of ageing and aged care, choice modelling and econometrics, with a particular interest in preferences, choice, behaviour, and performance in the health and aged care system.

Emma Scanlan

Hearing Australia

Emma is Principal Audiologist for Adults at Hearing Australia, mainly responsible for service delivery and quality for adults with complex needs. She has delivered clinical services in the paediatric and adult areas for many years, and manages policy and practice for clients who have severe and profound hearing loss, have poor communication ability, or have other impairments in addition to hearing loss.

Emma is passionate about improving communication outcomes and access to services for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, with a particular interest in adults with additional challenges and the hearing health of Aboriginal people in remote communities.

Associate Professor Melanie Ferguson

Curtin University

Dr Mel Ferguson is an internationally-recognised researcher in hearing science and audiology. She is Associate Professor at Curtin University and leads the Brain and Hearing group at the Ear Science Institute Australia. Her translational research focusses on listening and cognition, new service delivery models including connected hearing healthcare tools, and outcome measures. Her research is underpinned by theoretical models (e.g. health behaviour change, implementation science). Previously, she led research teams at the National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney, and the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, UK. She has held leadership roles in UK Audiology and been involved in UK hearing healthcare policy-making.

Professor Lisa Keay

University of New South Wales

Prof Keay is the Head of the School at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW Sydney. She is an Optometrist and public health researcher, with expertise in epidemiology, health promotion and injury prevention.

Associate Professor Hamid Sohrabi

Murdoch University

Associate Professor Hamid Sohrabi was awarded a PhD in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia in late 2010. He has combined clinical and academic roles both as a neuroscientist and a clinical psychologist. Hamid’s research examines diverse mechanisms (psychological, functional, neuroanatomical, biophysiological and genetics) causally underpinning young (before the age of 65) and late onset dementia (after the age of 65) due to AD. He is the Director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing at Murdoch University, WA, and has Honorary appointments as A/Prof in Neurosciences at Macquarie University, Sydney, and Edith Cowan University, WA.

Dr John Newall

Macquarie University

Dr Newall is a clinical audiologist and lecturer at Macquarie University. Dr Newall’s key research interest is in developing effective and efficient hearing rehabilitation for special populations and those in low-and-middle income countries.

Dr Antonio Ahumada-Canale

Macquarie University

Dr Ahumada-Canale is a Research Fellow at the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy. He is also trained as a pharmacist. His expertise is in conducting economic evaluations and clinical trials of health interventions in older adults.

Tim England

Tim England is a Dementia Champion and is a leading voice in Australia on dementia. With a Masters of Dementia and a Bachelor of Dementia Care, Tim operates as a freelance dementia consultant who De-mystifies and De-stigmatises dementia, and he is an effective information bridge between the scientific community and the general public with regard to dementia related topics. As a skilled Educator, Consultant, an Advance Care Planner, and a Public Speaker, Tim is a regular contributor to dementia discussions on community and commercial radio, on film, and both national and international podcasts.