My research focuses on preventing and effectively treating otitis media and hearing loss in children. This includes improving the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and improving access to services using innovations in telehealth.
Areas of Expertise: ear infections (otitis media), paediatric audiology, hearing loss, Aboriginal children, telehealth, electrophysiology, auditory neuroscience, tinnitus, psychoacoustics, ototoxicity, cochlear implantation, language development, epidemiology, evidence synthesis, Cochrane reviews
Head, Ear Health at Telethon Kids Institute (in the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases).
Co-Lead, Raine Study Senses Special Insterest Group
Senior paediatric audiologist, Perth Children's Hospital
Associate Editor, International Journal of Audiology
I currently hold an NHMRC Fellowship and have previously been a Raine/Robson Fellow (2019) and a Visiting Fellow to the UK Cochrane Centre at the University of Oxford (2015). I maintain a suite of Cochrane reviews examining interventions to treat chronic suppurative otitis media and co-ordinate the 'Cochrane Corner' for the International Journal of Audiology.
I qualified in clinical audiology at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (2013) and completed my PhD in telehealth (2016) through the Ear Science Institute at University of Western Australia. I received the 2016 WA Premier’s Science Award (Student Scientist of the Year) for this research to improve access to ear health services, particularly Aboriginal children.
I am an enthusiastic science communicator for hearing and communication sciences and a WA Science Ambassador. I regularly contribute columns and interviews for mainstream media, including for The Conversation, SBS and the ABC, including the Curious Kids series.
At Perth Children’s Hospital I Co-Chair the Children's Hearing Research Group, a multidisciplinary network of over 20 research active clinicians. I also give Guest Lectures and am a research supervisor for the Clinical Audiology program at UWA. I serve on a number of local and national committees including the WA Child Ear Health Strategy and technical advisory group for the national CRE in Ear and Hearing Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children (CRE_ICHEAR) and the the World Health Organization's World Hearing Forum.
I have received more than $2.5M in research grants as a chief investigator, $2M as CIA and published >40 peer-reviewed publications. I have authored a number of book chapters and presented at over 40 local, national and international scientific meetings.
Supervision of research students.
Guest Lecturer in Clinical Audiology