Chief Executive Officer
Since graduating as a speech pathologist, Athina has spent over 16 years in clinical practice with a specialty in pediatric communication difficulties and undergraduate clinical training in the public and private health and tertiary education sectors. She has had numerous senior executive roles in public health involved in policy formulation, strategic planning, organizational redesign, budget planning and people management. Her immediate previous role was as Chief Executive Officer at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, the largest Early Parenting Centre in Victoria delivering specialised therapeutic programs for the most vulnerable children and their families. She proudly joined Better Hearing Australia (Vic) in July 2017.
Hearing Consultancy Team
Jenny Smith is an accredited audiologist with a breadth of experience with both adults and children in Australia and the United Kingdom. For 15 years she provided audiological training at an international level, with a focus on hearing aid provision in developing countries particularly across Asia. She runs an independent business, Jenny Smith Audiological Consultancy, providing advice, support and training for a range of clients including a hearing aid manufacturer, independent practices, corporations and the professional association, Audiology Australia. Jenny completed a Master in Education by research at the University of Melbourne in 2009 and presents regularly at international scientific conferences, including the International Congresses of Audiology in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Her specific areas of interest are models of best practice with a focus on adult rehabilitation and changing hearing aid technologies. She is passionate about improving standards of audiological care and ensuring high quality service provision for hearing-impaired people of all ages.
Kaushalya (Kaush) Troy is an audiologist in Melbourne with audiology clinics in Camberwell, Richmond and Altona Meadows. She completed her Masters of Clinical Audiology at the University of Melbourne in 2007. She has since worked privately for and with GPs, ENTs, paediatricians, psychologists, a neurologist, other allied health professionals in both the paediatric and adult fields. Her passion for Audiology stems from her experience in Sri Lanka where her parents established a school for hearing impaired children in 1999. She is passionate about hearing health for all ages and has specialised in Cerumen management, Auditory Processing Disorder, Tinnitus and Hyperacusis management. She enjoys both the diagnostic side of audiology as well as fitting hearing aids and other devices. Kaush is involved in lecturing and assessment at the Latrobe University Masters of Audiology course and was a clinical educator for 12 months for Masters of Audiology students at University of Melbourne in 2014. She also established and maintained an in-house cerumen management clinic and facilitated the introduction of practical cerumen management into the Masters of Audiology course. She has been heavily involved in the State Chapter of Audiology Australia since 2008 and occasionally helps facilitate Professional Development events for local members.
Mary-Ann Law is an Audiologist in Melbourne and completed her Master of Clinical Audiology degree in 1999 at The University of Melbourne. Since then Mary-Ann has worked in a variety of roles including both the public and private hearing aid sectors, as a Research Audiologist for Cochlear Ltd, and as a member of the Cochlear Implant team at the Eye and Ear Hospital. Mary-Ann has had her own Audiology clinics in Blackburn and Fairfield since 2014. Mary-Ann has been exposed to hearing loss and hearing aids since a young age as her younger brother was born with a significant hearing loss and first fitted with hearing aids as a child.
Jack Leigh has been an Audiologist in Melbourne for 10 years and has run his own private clinic since 2013, specialising in home visits and aged care. He trained, qualified and practised in the UK, before migrating to Australia in 2008 and taking employment with one of the largest audiology providers in the country. Over the next 5 years, he was able to assess and identify the pros and cons of both the UK and Australian audiology systems, which led to his decision to start his own practise dedicated to in-home care, an area typically poorly serviced in Australia. Jack has experience in both the public and private sectors, having worked for the NHS and a selection of private companies. These range from small boutique firms to large multinational audiology providers. His case load today varies from young children through to his oldest patient, who was 110 years old when she first met him. Jack’s main interest is in adult rehabilitation and the satisfaction he receives when he is able to assist a patient in making the change from a private, quiet and lonely life to one filled with vibrancy, social interaction and excitement. Jack also specialises in wax management and ensuring that people still living at home are able to maintain their independence through increased communication. He often assists with minor home modifications such as setting up doorbells, alarms, telephone and television systems for use with hearing aids or other notification systems.