Professor Catherine McMahon

Professor Catherine McMahon is the Head of Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University and Director of the HEAR Centre, a World Hearing Forum member and an informal WHO collaborating centre. Her research centres on understanding the barriers and facilitators to accessing and ultilising hearing healthcare, and the design and implementation of effective care pathways. Professor McMahon worked closely with the World Health Organisation to develop and collate the evidence-base for the World Report on Hearing, and is a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission of Hearing Loss and is co-chair of the “Innovation in Service Delivery” team. Professor McMahon’s research spans animal models of hearing loss to better understand the mechanisms of tinnitus and auditory neuropathy, neurophysiological measures of the cortex in humans to understand the effects of tinnitus remediation and to understand the benefits of cochlear implantation. Her current work aims to redesign the hearing healthcare pathway to improve outcomes for populations which involves co-production with Aboriginal communities and with older adults to better understand the barriers and enablers of complex interventions that improve heading health outcomes.


Talk Title: From individuals to populations: Optimising hearing interventions and hearing healthcare for all.

Dr. Andone Lavery

Dr. Andone Lavery is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Lavery received BA and M.Math degrees from Cambridge University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Cornell University. Dr. Lavery’s research is in the area of acoustical oceanography with a focus on ecosystem acoustics, estuarine and coastal acoustics, and quantifying the acoustic signatures of small- and sub-meso scale oceanic features. Her research interests are driven by the use of sound to address societally relevant questions. Dr. Lavery is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and a recipient of the Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography and The Oceanography Society Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound In the Sea.


Talk Title: Exploring the ocean with sound: Telltale acoustic signatures of a changing ocean