Bec Bennett

Dr, Mrs

  • The University of Western Australia (M509), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

I am a clinical audiologist with 16 years of experience in adult aural rehabilitation.    

My PhD work (awarded by The University of Western Australia, October 2018) developed and translated clinical tools to enhance audiological clinical practices. The clinical interventions developed as part of my doctoral studies are now being used by audiologists across Australia, benefitting thousands of hearing aid recipients each year. 

I have extensive teaching and mentoring experience, including development and delivery of educational content for professional development courses (GP, nursing, ENT and audiology) and university students (medical and audiology). I currently supervise three PhD students, and three Masters students across various universities (University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne, and University of Pretoria). I have previously supervised fifteen Masters students and more than ten clinical intern audiology students to completion.

I am a Board Director (since 2016) of Audiology Australia (national peak body for audiologists), which has afforded me the opportunity to deelop strong relationships with experts and influential leaders in the audiology community. I am also the Chair of the Audiology Australia University Accreditation and Competencies Committee (2017-current). We oversee the university course accreditation processes, and develop competency standards and guidelines for the audiology profession. I thus meet regularly with the heads of faculty of the six Australian universities that offer audiology programs.

 

My research experience includes planning, management and delivery of research projects, including sourcing funding (successful grants totaling over $300,000). I have experience with quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods techniques. I have used co-design approaches and the Behavioir Change Wheel process for intervention planning, and am experieced with pilot testing in the clinical setting. 

I have an extensive and growing network of national and international collaborators, including 58 researchers from 10 countries (Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, USA, Switzerland, South Africa, Netherlands, UK, and Ireland), and from over 40 institutions. Many of these are thought-leaders in their field. I am an active interdisciplinary collaborator with research partners in audiology, speech pathology, psychology, gerontology, General Practice, ENT, epidemiology, and behavioural sciences.      

My research interests span (i) hearing device acquisition, use and management; (ii) audiology service delivery; (iii) the social and emotional impacts of hearing loss, and how these are addressed in the audiology setting; (iv) building a multidiciplinary team to support persons with hearing loss; and (v) aged care.

I currently head four research projects that aim to transform hearing rehabilitation services so that the social and emotional impacts of hearing loss are more adequately addressed. One of these projects, supported by a Raine/Cockell Fellowship, will develop an intervention program to equip and empower audiologists to better provide mental health support to adults with hearing loss presenting in the audiology clinic. 

 

Education/Academic qualification

Audiology, PhD, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 30 Nov 2018

Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Notre Dame Australia

Award Date: 30 Nov 2012

Masters of Business, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 30 Nov 2008

Masters of Audiology, University of Queensland

Award Date: 30 Nov 2004

Molecular Biology and Parasitology, Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Queensland

Award Date: 30 Nov 2002

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ear Sciences Institute Australia

Nov 2018 → …

Industry keywords

  • Ageing
  • Digital Health
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • tele-audiology
  • counselling
  • aged care
  • hearing aids
  • cochlear implant
  • service delivery

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