AHH Education and Practice Committee

Professor Catherine McMahon (Chair)

Macquarie University Hearing

McMahon is Head of Department for Linguistics at Macquarie University and Director of HEAR (Hearing, Education, Application, Research) Centre. She is a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Hearing Loss. She contributed to the World Report on Hearing (published by WHO), and was on the committee that developed the Roadmap of Hearing Health, endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). She is the lead investigator for two projects seeking to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal children with hearing loss.

Professor Greg Leigh AO


Director of NextSense Institute and conjointly Professor of Education and at Macquarie University. Greg has served on numerous Australian Government consultative committees and is Chair of the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee. He is a former National President of the Education Commission for the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf and Chair of the International Congress on Education of the Deaf. He is active in research and serves on the editorial boards of several journals in the field.

Trudy Smith


Trudy is the Manager of Continuing Professional Education at the NextSense Institute. A teacher of the Deaf for 25 years, Trudy serves on a range of executive committees including the National Association of Teachers of the Deaf, Educators of Deaf Students Association of NSW, and the Family Centred Early Intervention International Executive Committee. She has worked in schools in north west Queensland and Western Sydney, supported families and infants through telepractice as a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, and coached teachers, therapists and families in early intervention around the world.

Patricia Van Buynder

Hearing Australia

Trish is the Clinical Leader, Paediatrics with Hearing Australia, a role that includes the oversight of paediatric clinical quality and training. She is a highly experienced paediatric audiologist and has also worked as a senior research audiologist with the National Acoustic Laboratories. This included key roles on the Long-Term Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) and Children with Unilateral hearing Loss (CUHL) studies. She has a passion for improving children’s outcomes with research and data.

Dr Pia Watkins

The Shepherd Centre

Pia is the Manager of Research, Learning and Development at TSC supporting evidence-based practice and innovation internally and externally. Pia has a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and a Masters and PhD in Audiology. Prior to joining The Shepherd Centre 5 years ago Pia undertook international postdoctoral and clinical work with a focus on the implementation of research standards and good clinical practice. This experience has enhanced Pia’s understanding of and interest in equitable access and service provision.

Louise Dodd

Australian Hearing Hub

Louise provides the executive support for the Australian Hearing Hub Education and Practice Committee.