MQ Health - Macquarie University

Speech and Hearing Clinic

Our clinicians

The Speech and Hearing Clinic of Macquarie University attracts leaders in the clinical audiology profession from across the globe to provide expertise in clinical practice and clinical education.

If you are interested in joining the clinic staff, please contact the Director of Clinical Education, Eva Nemeth, on (02) 9850 6877 or the Head of Audiology, Dr Catherine McMahon on (02) 9850 4863 for a confidential discussion.

Associate Professor Catherine McMahon
Director of Audiology, Dept of Linguistics 
Director of MQ Centre for Implementation of Hearing Research (CIHR)

Associate Professor Catherine McMahon is a researcher and clinical audiologist, as well as Director of Audiology and Director of the Centre for Implementation of Hearing Research (CIHR) at Macquarie University. Catherine is also a senior scientist and project leader of the HEARing Co-operative Research Centre, the largest translational hearing research group in Australia, and an associate investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence, Centre for Cognition and its Disorders. Catherine's research has a strong clinical focus that aims to better understand the effects of adult-onset hearing loss and its associations (such as tinnitus) on the individual, the family and community. It focuses on older adults where sensory disorders such as hearing loss and cognitive decline is highly prevalent. Her research aims to better understand the interactions between cognition on auditory perception in individuals with hearing loss, and to understand the changes that occur with hearing devices (mostly focusing on cochlear implants) and training programs. Ultimately, she hopes to provide clinicians with improved tools to differentiate between speech perception problems that arise from auditory disruptions or cognitive limitations and to provide clinical tools to remediate this.

Phillip Nakad - Audiology Clinic Manager

Phillip is currently the Audiological clinic manager, responsible for overseeing the quality of our service provision at the Macquarie University and Liverpool Hospital Audiology Clinics. Since completing his Masters in Audiology in 2006, Phillip has worked in a range of government and private clinics, and also has several years experience as a clinical educator at Macquarie University, from 2007 - 2010. He is passionate about the quality of hearing health care in Australia, and committed to ensuring the University clinics provide the best experience possible for clients, as well as a productive learning space for future audiologists.

Alisa Gourlie - Audiologist / Clinical Educator

Alisa became a part of the Speech and Hearing Clinic - Audiology Services team in 2008 after working within the private hearing aid industry for two years. She was attracted to the various audiological services offered at the clinic, as well as the challenge of providing clinical education to students. Her main focus is on adult aural rehabilitation, and in particular to improve the outcomes of adults with hearing impairment.

Andrew Myles - Clinical Educator

Andrew has been practicing clinical audiology since 2002, and enjoys working with a range of clients in both diagnostic and rehabilitative appointments. He is passionate about his profession, the importance of evidence-based best practice, and the value of his role as a clinical educator of audiology students. Andrew is also an accredited Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreter.

Craig Salmon - Clinical Audiologist

Craig started working as an audiologist at the Speech and Hearing Clinic in 2016. Prior to embarking on his career as an audiologist Craig worked as a sound engineer. His primary interests include adult aural rehabilitation, paediatric assessment and tinnitus management.

Fiona Odams - Clinical Educator

Fiona Odams has been employed at Macquarie University since 2015 and has been working in the field of audiology since 2000. Fiona has had the opportunity to specialize in diagnostic testing within the field of neuro-otology and was employed in London for a number of years as a paediatric audiologist. Continuing to practice all aspects of audiology within her role at Macquarie University, Fiona’s current areas of interest lies in vestibular assessment and complex paediatric testing.

Lynne Blackford - Audiologist / Clinical Educator

Lynne has been a member of the Speech and Hearing Clinic - Audiology Services team since 2008. She enjoys being a clinic educator and teaching students best practice for audiological services. Her special interests are tinnitus, hyperacusis and adult rehabilitation.

Oskars Stubis - Clinical Educator

Oskars joined the Speech and Hearing Clinic in 2016 after several years of audiological practice with both adult and paediatric clients in a small private hearing clinic. He enjoys attending to the varying needs of his clients and the opportunity to deliver his care within a high technology, best-practice setting.

Speech pathologists

Eva Nemeth - Clinical Education Manager

Eva is the inaugural Director of Clinical Education for the Masters of Speech and Language Program at Macquarie University. She comes to Macquarie University as a highly experienced and regarded Speech Pathologist and Clinical Educator. Her professional commitment to the education of speech pathologists commenced in 1989 as manager of the Blacktown Hospital Speech Pathology student unit and developed in the early 90s when she established the St Joseph's Hospital student unit. Eva has presented papers at Speech Pathology Australia Conferences and co-authored book chapters in clinical education texts. Along with her clinical expertise in acquired speech and language disorders, Eva has a particular interest in student difficulties during clinical placements. She has completed postgraduate research in this area and has been invited to author chapters in textbooks on Clinical Education from which she is currently writing research papers. Eva was the NSW State representative on the National Steering Committee for Speech Pathology Australia which formulated the Competency based Occupational Standards document. She has been a guest lecture for professional practice, aphasia and dysarthria, awarded numerous honorary titles of from both Sydney University and Macquarie University and received the Deidre Russell Service Recognition Award (2007) from the University of Sydney.

Carmel Whitty - Clinical Education Manager

Carmel has over 20 years experience as a practising speech pathologist across the acute, rehabilitation and community settings in Sydney, rural NSW and Southern England. She first developed a keen interest in clinical education in 1998 as a senior rehabilitation clinician at Balmain Hospital, and has since continued to foster student learning within the roles of clinician, educator, case manager and service manager. She has a special interest in the role of creativity and inter-disciplinary rehabilitation, and has worked in partnership with creative arts therapists in the implementation of holistic client care. She readily incorporates the key principles of creative enquiry in her approach to teaching and student mentorship. Carmel has worked intermittently for Macquarie University since 2005, initially as a clinical educator, then later as the MSLP Clinical Coordinator, before more recently stepping into the role of Speech Pathology Clinical Education Manager, job-sharing with Eva Nemeth.

Nicola Black - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator

Nicola Black is a clinical educator for the Masters of Speech and Language Program at Macquarie University. She has worked as a Speech Pathologist for more than 15 years. She has worked extensively with adult populations at Liverpool Hospital, Mount Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital. She has also gained experience working within hospital settings in the United Kingdom. As Speech Pathology team leader at Mt Wilga Nicola was involved in the establishment of the Mt Wilga/ Macquarie University clinical student unit. She has also been involved in running the Macquarie University Student Unit at Westmead Hospital. Her main clinical interests include head and neck cancer, oncology, dysphagia and voice management.

Eileen Boyle - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator

Eileen graduated with a Master in Speech Pathology from Macquarie University in 2013 after leaving a successful career in International Project Management. Having over 15 years’ experience working with a variety of professional businesses in cross-functional teams, Eileen is accustomed to engaging constructively with stakeholders and thinking creatively to resolve challenging situations. Her inspiration to become a speech pathologist in-part came from her time teaching English in Italy for over 4 years. Eileen brings her expertise in teaching language and literacy, plus her warmth and energy, to paediatric private practices and school settings. Her scope of clinical experience includes stuttering, early language delay, receptive and expressive language difficulty and speech sound disorders. Eileen is an active member of Speech Pathology Australia and is currently participating in the Early Career Reference Group (ECRG) to engage and support early career speech pathologists.

Jennifer Brown - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator

Jennifer is a speech pathologist with 25 years of clinical experience in assessing and treating speech and language problems in children. She works with children and adolescents who have language delays and disorders; speech sound disorders; voice problems; difficulties with reading and spelling; stuttering; and Autism spectrum disorders. Her extensive therapy experience includes individual therapy, running therapy groups, as well as training parents and teachers to work with their children/students. She has worked in government health facilities and in private practice and has managed speech pathology teams. Jennifer has been educating students in the Master of Speech and Language Pathology course for the past 10 years at the Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic - teaching and supervising the Masters' students on clinical placements. Ms Brown also lectures and runs tutorials in paediatric speech, voice and language disorders; sharing her knowledge and expertise with the students and helping them link theory to practice. She lectured Chinese Speech-Language Therapists on the topic of language disorders in Beijing in 2013.

Lillian Cochrane - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator

Lillian is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with clinical and managerial experience in acute hospital and rehabilitative adult care. As part of the Macquarie University speech pathology team she provides speech pathology services to Macquarie University Hospital and outpatient services at Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Lillian has extensive experience in assessing and managing a broad range of communication and swallowing problems across the areas of neurology, neurosurgery, head and neck cancer and oncology.  She has particular clinical interest in stroke, acquired language disorders, cognitive-communication difficulties, dysphagia management and motor-speech disorders. Lillian is committed to delivering holistic, evidence-driven service and is passionate about guiding and educating speech pathology students. As a Macquarie University Clinical Educator she supervises students completing practicums for their Master of Speech and Language Pathology.

Sarah Legge - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator

Sarah has been practising as a speech pathologist since 2000, and since 2002 as a high level clinical educator, earning the title of Clinical Associate Lecturer for Sydney University prior to joining the team at Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Her scope of clinical practice spans community health, hospital, private practice and school settings. Sarah’s breadth of paediatric experience includes early language delay, receptive and expressive language difficulty, speech sound disorders, stuttering, reading/spelling difficulties and voice disorders, and includes those with acquired communication difficulties related to a stroke or other neurological events. She has expertise and a clinical interest in paediatric feeding disorders. Sarah has a strong commitment to providing interventions that combine recent research and evidence base whilst making therapy fun and meaningful for clients. She engages with individual and group therapy models, inclusive of parent and teacher training. In addition to her clinical education work, Sarah contributes to the theoretical component of the Masters’ program, lecturing on paediatric language disorders.

Virginia Gore - Clinical Placement Coordinator, MSLP Program

Virginia is an experienced administrator who coordinates clinical placements for students enrolled in the MSLP program. She manages relationships with students, health partners and works closely with NSW Health. Before joining the Speech and Hearing Clinic she was responsible for practicum placements at the Institute of Early Childhood. Virginia also has 15 years of experience as a legal technology project manager.