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.
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 Daniel Robinson (QLD)
President & 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 Georgina Harris (NSW)
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 Cate Madill (NSW)
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.