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