The AVA began in 1991. It is an umbrella organisation for all involved in the care of the human voice including speech pathologists, singing teachers and voice teachers, ENT surgeons, voice scientists and other professionals and amateur voice users.

Through meetings, professional development events, publications, lobbying and representation, the AVA aims to provide services to its members in a variety of ways; 

  • To act as a central point of focus for many disciplines involved in voice and promote the field of voice in Australia;
  • To encourage links between artistic, clinical and scientific disciplines related to voice;
  • To promote education and training in the clinical care of voice, as well as vocal performance and voice science;
  • To promote research into voice.

About Us

Meet the National Board of AVA

This stellar group of individuals strive to serve the members of Australian Voice Association by meeting regularly to organise events and webinars as well as directing advocacy for voice related issues in the Australian community.

Members of the national board volunteer their time and talents, serving two year terms.

Dr. Amanda Richards (VIC)

President & Chief Accountant Manager

ENT Surgeon/Laryngologist

Ph: (03) 9421 1000

Dr Amanda Richards is a Melbourne-based Consultant Laryngologist and ENT surgeon.  She undertook her Laryngology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York along with a fellowship at St. George’s NHS Trust in London. Amanda works with adults and children in all aspects of voice care, and has a special interest in care of the professional voice and minimally invasive office procedures. Amanda leads a multidisciplinary Voice disorders service at Pinnacle Surgery in Epworth Richmond.

Dr. Anna Rumbach (QLD)

Vice President & Secretary

BSc MSpPathSt GCHEd PhD MSPA CPSP

Anna is a lecturer and researcher in Speech Pathology at The University of Queensland. She has a particular interest and expertise in the area of the voice and its disorders; a passion she shares with students in her work as a lecturer and clinician.  Anna works alongside her fellow AVA Board Member, Laura Moroney, to run the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital’s student voice clinic. Anna’s research interests lie in the areas of swallowing and voice. Her PhD research had a trauma and critical care focus; an area in which she continues her research pursuits to date. She has expanded her research to include work on professional voice users, with a particular interest in the fitness industry and the effect of exercise on the voice. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, Anna trained in classical voice and worked as a singer in a semi-professional capacity. She still enjoys singing for pleasure and performing for audiences when able.

Dr. Anne Vertigan (NSW)

Treasurer

B.App.Sc. (SpPath); MBA; PhD

Anne studied speech pathology at Latrobe University in Melbourne and has worked as a speech pathologist in Newcastle since 1991. She has a special interest in voice and dysphagia. She currently works as the Director of Speech Pathology at John Hunter Hospital and Newcastle Acute Hospitals.

Despite the demanding administrative work in these positions she maintains a clinical caseload and continues to love working with patients. Since graduation, she has completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Newcastle and her PhD in voice at the University of Queensland. She continues to pursue research in the areas of speech pathology management of chronic refractory cough and voice and upper airway symptoms associated with asthma.

Anne is also a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle and lectures in voice, laryngectomy and dysphagia. She enjoys seeing the next generation of speech pathologists learn about voice - and particularly to see the passion for voice that can develop.

Laura Moroney (QLD)

Professional Development

Laura is a University of Queensland graduate and joined the speech pathology department at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH) in 2009. Here, she has developed a special interest in voice, and the area of head and neck cancer.  She has been running the RBWH ENT and SP Diagnostic Voice/Botox Clinic since 2009, working closely with ENT surgeons and Neurologists to diagnose and treat a variety of voice disorders. She is currently completing her research masters in the area of head and neck cancer and oncology.

Laura is the chair of the QLD Health Endoscopic Evaluation of Voice Working Group and is a steering committee member of the QLD Health Voice Special Interest Group. She enjoys the opportunity to promote the field of voice through these roles and with the AVA board.

Dr. Margaret Schindler (QLD)

Membership

Dr Margaret Schindler is Senior Lecturer in Voice and Head of Vocal Studies at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Margaret’s professional profile combines teaching and research with her performing schedule as concert artist and member of critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists. Margaret has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras and performing organizations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Germany in opera, concert, song recital and oratorio. She has recorded for ABC Classics, Melba Records, Artworks, Wirripang and Tall Poppies: her concert performances are regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM. Margaret enjoys the creative nexus of teaching and performing as well as promoting multidisciplinary activity and research in voice.

Georgia Magarey (VIC)

Professional Development

Georgia Magarey is a qualified Speech Pathologist gaining her Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University in theatre and foreign languages and spent several years working abroad teaching english as a second language. Since that time, she secured roles in Victoria's leading acute hospitals followed by a year in Toronto, Canada working in speech pathology research. She now runs her own private practice specialising in voice care alongside Dr Amanda Richards, one of Australia's leading Laryngologists. Georgia obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Voice Studies in 2016 at the Victorian College of the Arts bringing together her scientific background with her passion for the creative arts.

Dr. Daniel Robinson (QLD)

Website

AssDipMin BMus GradCertMusSt MMusSt DMA

Daniel is a freelance artist and educator. In 2011 Daniel completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. He has served as National Vice President (2009–11) and National Secretary for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (2006–11). Daniel is the principal Singing Voice Specialist for Djarts and presents workshops to singers across Australia and abroad. Over the past two decades, while maintaining his own performance career, Daniel has instructed thousands of voices. This vast experience enables Daniel to effortlessly work with voices of all skill levels: beginners to professionals.

Daniel is also known for his various academic-level works. Recent writings include Teaching the Contemporary Worship Singer (ed. Harrison, 2010), Singing in Church: The role of men in Contemporary Worship (Harrison & Robinson, 2011), Look before you Leap! (Journal of Singing, 2012), and the Springer publication, Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (ed. Harrison & O’Bryan, 2014) in which Daniel’s chapter, Voice in Worship provides a brief overview of his doctoral research.

Greg Chiapello (QLD)

Publications and Promotions

Greg studied speech pathology at The University of Queensland and is currently working as a speech pathologist for Gold Coast Health. Greg also continues to work as a singer/songwriter. Having performed and written with many of Australia's most acclaimed acts and composing for both television and film, Greg continues to work towards infusing his passion and knowledge for music and the singing voice with his practise as a speech pathologist.