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The Australian College of Audiology Inc.

The Australian College of Audiology Inc (ACAud) is an approved professional body representing audiometrists and audiologists which promotes and develops the science and practice of hearing care by educating, accrediting and supporting its members. It was established in 1996 and now has 487 members.

Bettina Turnbull has been a member of the Australian College of Audiology (ACAud) since its inception. She believes strongly in a unified hearing healthcare industry. She has served on the executive committee for 6 years, and is its current president. She has spent many years creating further education pathways for audiometrists and has been involved in reviews of the audiology course curriculum. Bettina has worked in government and private audiology businesses in diagnostic and rehabilitation audiology. She is the professional development manager at Connect Hearing.

Sam Camilleri has practised as an audiometrist for more than 20 years and has gained a wealth of experience working in both private practice and for service providers. He holds a diploma in Hearing Aid Prescription and Evaluation and is the current president‐elect of ACAud. He feels the changes in standards and education over the years have been positive and he enjoys the discussions and challenges associated with working within a professional body. Sam is passionate about helping those who suffer from hearing loss and feels the continuing improvements in technology have made life easier for so many with hearing impairment.

Audiological Society of Australia Inc.

The Audiological Society of Australia Incorporated, trading as AUDIOLOGY AUSTRALIA, is the principal professional association representing audiologists. Established in 1968, it has nearly 2300 members, representing more than 98 per cent of the profession.

ASA promotes the knowledge and practice of audiology and related areas of science and technology. Its stringent code of ethics, clinical practice standards, clinical certification program and clinical internship program ‐ with professional development programs and a biennial national conference ‐ ensure that Australians receive the highest standard of hearing healthcare.

The society’s qualification and clinical standards are the benchmark for recognition as a “practising clinical audiologist” within Australia. Full members have a masters of clinical audiology postgraduate degree (or equivalent). Full members in clinical practice also hold its certificate of clinical practice, which is awarded when a further year of supervised clinical Internship after graduation is completed.

ASA audiologists work in academia, research, diagnostics, Indigenous health, hearing‐aid dispensing, deaf education, noise management, compensation, paediatrics and complex adult rehabilitation. It is a member of Professions Australia, Allied Health Professions of Australia, the International Society of Audiology, Hearing International and the Australian Deafness Forum.

Audiology Australia is based in Melbourne but each mainland state has an executive committee.

Monica Persson became chief executive officer for the Audiological Society of Australia Inc in 2001. The society, established in 1968, is the principal professional association representing audiologists in Australia.

Monica was previously general manager for VRI Incorporated, an organisation of 10,000 members which provided leisure and employee benefits to organisations and individuals across Victoria. She was also general manager for the Meridien Consulting Group and Business Development Resources; worked in recruitment, outplacement and management consultancies, specialising in career guidance, and training and strategic positioning for organisations.

Jim Brown is a past president of Audiology Australia and is currently the Senior Procurement & Contracts Manager Australian Hearing.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Mathematics and Psychology), Master of Arts (majoring in Psychology) and a postgraduate diploma in audiology.

He was president of the Audiological Society of Australia for eight years until he stepped down in November, and was part of the inaugural issue of its Clinical Certificate, a qualification he holds. Before becoming a councillor on its federal executive, Jim was treasurer at state branch level.

Jim was involved in developing the Visual Reinforcement Orientation Audiometry procedure for testing children under the age of three.

Hearing Aid Audiometrist Society of Australia

HAASA (the Hearing Aid Audiometrist Society of Australia) ‐ or the Australian Audiometrist Association, as it was originally known ‐ has been representing clinicians in the hearing‐health industry since 1961. As such it is the longest established professional body in our industry. With Approved Professional Body status, HAASA membership levels provide a path for audiometrists, post‐diploma, to meet the supervision and competency required for eligibility to apply for a Qualified Professional (QP) number with the Office of Hearing Services. HAASA helps keep its members up‐to‐date with matters that directly affect them as clinicians but which also have implications for the hearing‐ impaired clients they care for daily.

Kerrie Gibson is an audiometrist working in the hearing healthcare industry looking after both private and Office of Hearing Services clients. She is employed by Active Hearing Solutions in Wollongong.

Kerrie has been a member of the Hearing Aid Audiometrist Society of Australia for 20 years and is its president. She has also served in other board roles for the past three years.

Kerrie has a passion for training newcomers to the hearing healthcare industry and for counselling her clients to get the very best out of their hearing devices.

Gerard ‘Gerry’ Taniane was first employed in the hearing profession in 1975 as a trainee technician with the Commonwealth Acoustics Laboratories (now NAL/ Australian Hearing). In 1981 he began as a technician with OPSM Hearing Division and earned his Certificate of Audiometry that year. In 1983 he joined Johnson and Murphy Hearing Aids in Sydney which he later bought and renamed Excellence in Hearing. Gerry sold it 13 years later to Connect Hearing, and still works there.

Gerry has been active in the Hearing aid Audiometrist Society of Australia ‐ he is vice‐president ‐ and the Australian College of Audiology since the early 1980s.

Hearing Aid Manufacturers & Distributors Association of Australia Inc.

HAMADAA is the Hearing Aid Manufacturers & Distributors Association of Australia and this year it celebrates 20 years since it was formed. Its members represent the majority of hearing‐aid manufacturers and distributors in Australia and are suppliers of world‐class hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices to hearing‐care providers. Members are also contracted suppliers to the Federal Government’s Office of Hearing Services scheme. HAMADAA member companies are among the world’s major investors in hearing‐aid research and development and as such contribute to improving the quality of life for the hearing‐impaired globally.

Simon McMillan is the managing director of Starkey Laboratories Australia, Pty Ltd. He has worked in the hearing industry for 18 years. He joined Starkey Laboratories Australia in 1997. Simon began as an audiologist for Starkey New Zealand before moving to Brazil to set up a manufacturing and distribution operation. In 2005 he moved to Australia to take up his current position. Simon is vice‐president of the Hearing Aid Manufacturers & Distributors Association of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a graduate diploma in audiology from the University of Queensland and is completing a masters of business administration at the University of New South Wales.

Ashley Wilson is the managing director of Sonic Innovations Pty Ltd. He has more than 37 years’ experience in the hearing‐care industry in a number of key roles. He is also: president of Hearing Aid Manufacturers & Distributors Association of Australia; on the board of HCIA; a member of Minister Butler’s Hearing Services Consultative Committee; a former board member of Australian Health Industries; a founding member of the Hearing Aid Audiometrist Society of Australia; a member of the Australian College of Audiology, and is the current chair of Diving Australia.

The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre

The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is focused on the twin challenges of more effective prevention and improved remediation of hearing loss. Through research and development, The HEARing CRC aims to reduce the impact of hearing loss by: maximising lifelong hearing retention; reducing the loss of productivity due to hearing loss; increasing the uptake and use of hearing technology, and providing postgraduate education and professional training.

Associate Professor Robert Cowan is the chief executive of the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, and a Principal Research Fellow of the University of Melbourne. As CEO of the HEARing CRC, Bob brings together the research, educational, clinical and commercial skills of internationally recognised Australian hearing groups and leading biomedical companies to develop communication devices. These enhance communication for millions of hearing‐impaired adults and children in Australia and around the world.

Dr Warwick Williams is a senior research scientist at the National Acoustic Laboratories where he leads the research of NAL and the Hearing CRC into the prevention of hearing loss. Warwick has extensive experience in the area of the measurement of noise, noise exposure and the prevention of hearing loss. He is actively involved with the development of Australian Standards and the human effects of noise and represents Australia at the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) on several working groups. He has been actively involved with several NHMRC projects (sponsored by the Office of Hearing Services) and the recent World Health Organization project concerning the Global Burden of Disease.