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.

Dr. Catherine McMahon - Head of Audiology / Senior Lecturer

Dr Catherine McMahon is the Head of Audiology at Macquarie University and the Vice President of Audiology Australia, the peak professional body for audiologists. Catherine is a member and project leader of the Centre for Language Sciences (a Centre Of Research Excellence) and a project leader within the HEARing CRC. Catherine was awarded Young Professional of the Year (2008) by Professions Australia for her work with the professional body. Her research is conducted in conjunction with the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, National Acoustics Laboratory and Centre for Vision Research. Her research areas include the following:

Her expertise is in the area of evoked potentials and she is also a key researcher in the development of the novel MEG system for cochlear implants in conjunction with the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Cochlear Ltd and CSIRO.

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

Dr Elisabeth Harrison - Program Convenor & Senior Lecturer

Elisabeth is the Program Convenor of the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program. She is a member of the new ARC Centre of Excellence that is based in the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, and is a Principal Investigator on a current NHMRC Program Grant held by the University of Sydney. Her research field is language sciences, specifically stuttering in adults and children. Her recent peer reviewed publications have concerned the mental health of adults who stutter, and the application of evidence based clinical practice in speech pathology. Her current research projects use MEG to investigate the nature of early stuttering, and continue the development of efficient treatments for preschool age children who stutter.

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.

Liora Ballin - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator

Liora is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with experience working with people with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental delay. Her experience has focused on delivering assessment and therapy to people who cannot use speech as their primary communication mode. She presents workshops in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and interventions. Liora’s PhD research involved developing, implementing, and evaluating a communication program for people who use a speech generating device. She has presented at national and international conferences and published research in peer-reviewed journals. Liora also lectures in the Master of Speech and Language Pathology and the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences at Macquarie University.

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.

Erin Chalk - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator

Erin is Certified Practising Speech Pathologist working as part of the Macquarie University Speech Pathology clinical team. Erin currently provides speech pathology services to Macquarie University Hospital, as well as outpatient services at Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Erin has been a Clinical Educator for Speech Pathology masters students completing placements at Macquarie University Private Hospital and Mt Wilga Private Hospital, since 2013. She has experience working with the adult population in rehabilitation, nursing home and acute hospital settings.

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 working on commercial litigation and due diligence matters.

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