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 Georgina Harris (NSW)

Treasurer

Dr Georgina Harris is a consultant ENT surgeon and laryngologist who heads the multidisciplinary Voice Assessment Centre at St Vincent Hospital, Sydney. After completing her Otolaryngology, Head and Neck training in NSW, Dr Harris pursued her passion for laryngology and voice, culminating in an 18-month fellowship. She has trained with cutting-edge laryngologists at UC Davis in California and completed the laryngology fellowship in London at UCL and Imperial College. Her interests include vocal cord palsy and laryngeal reinnervation, respiratory papilloma, transgender patients and the professional voice users. She has a passion for education and teaching and remains involved with multiple airway and laryngology courses both in Australia and internationally.

Dr Elizabeth Hodge (QLD)

Secretary

Elizabeth Hodge is a Queensland-trained ENT surgeon and treats both adult and paediatric patients for a wide-range of ENT concerns.  Her special interests are in voice concerns, paediatric otolaryngology, chronic cough, swallowing disorders, and head and neck malignancy.

She is a graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School and has worked extensively throughout South-East Queensland.  Following completion of her Australian training, and the awarding of her Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, she has completed two further sub-speciality fellowships.   The first of these was in Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.  Secondly, she completed the Royal College of Surgeons “North Thames Laryngology Fellowship” in London.  She was a recipient of the Morgan Travelling Scholarship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for the Laryngology and Airway Fellowship.

As well as practising privately she also holds an appointment as a Visiting Medical Officer with the Metro North division of Queensland Health in Brisbane.

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.

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.

Dr Daniel Robinson (QLD)

Website

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.

Dr Cate Madill (NSW)

Professional Development

Dr Cate Madill is an Australian trained Speech Pathologist with previous experience as an actor/singer. She has worked in the area of voice assessment and treatment for the last 17 years in private practice, public health and University research and teaching.  She is Senior Lecturer and has recently been appointed as co-director of the newly established Dr Liang Voice Program at the University of Sydney. She runs a large, multi-site private practice in NSW and SA, and conducts regular multidisciplinary voice clinics in Sydney.  She is regularly invited to speak at international conferences as has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in voice and voice disorders.