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Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic - Speech Services attracts leaders in the speech pathology profession from across the globe to provide expertise in clinical practice.

Eva Nemeth

Eva Nemeth – Director of Clinical Education

BAppSc(Sp Path), MHlthSc(Hons)

Eva is the inaugural Director of Clinical Education for the Masters of Speech and Language Program at Macquarie University. Eva comes to Macquarie University as a very experienced Speech Pathologist and Clinical Educator. Many hundreds of speech pathologists have been supervised by Eva in their clinical placements. Her commitment to the education of speech pathologists commenced in 1989 when she was employed at Blacktown Hospital to manage the Speech Pathology student unit. In 1990, Eva moved to Parramatta Hospital and two years later relocated to St Joseph’s Hospital at Auburn. Eva was responsible for establishing, organising and running St Joseph’s Hospital student unit that managed the adult medical rehabilitation outpatient department speech pathology services for Western Sydney Area Health Service. Eva has also set up and managed her own private practice.

Eva has presented papers at Speech Pathology Australia Conferences and co-authored book chapters in clinical education texts. Eva’s special area of interest is acquired speech and language disorders following neurological events and clinical education, particularly student difficulties in their clinical placements. She has completed postgraduate research in this area and has been invited to author chapters in textbooks on Clinical Education from which she is currently writing research papers. Eva was the NSW State representative on the National Steering Committee for Speech Pathology Australia which formulated the Competency based Occupational Standards document. She has been a guest lecture for professional practice, aphasia and dysarthria, awarded numerous honorary titles of from both Sydney University and Macquarie University and received the Deidre Russell Service Recognition Award (2007) from the University of Sydney.

Belinda Hill

Belinda Hill - Speech Pathology Clinical Education Manager

BAppSc (Sp Path). MAppLing

Belinda has worked in the field of speech pathology for the last 20 years. Following completion of her undergraduate degree, she completed a Master of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University. She has operated a successful group private practice providing a wide range of services to the Greater Western Sydney community as well as providing a rural school based speech and language service at Nyngan Public School. Belinda has also been involved with team teaching in a TAFE setting for adults with acquired brain injury.

Belinda has presented to numerous organisations on a range of paediatric speech and language topics. She has also presented on private practice business related topics at both state workshops and national conferences for Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Belinda has written speech and language programs for preschool and school aged children.

Belinda currently represents NSW private practitioners in a number of roles with SPA NSW Branch. In addition, she was instrumental in creating and facilitating the Western Sydney Private Practice Member Network group. Belinda has a special interest in mentoring colleagues and clinical education and has been involved with the clinical education of numerous speech pathology students. Belinda has particular interests in the areas of autism spectrum disorder and language impairment in children and adults.

Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown – Speech Pathologist / Clinical Educator

BAppSc(Sp Path)

Jenny has experience in working with children from early intervention to adolescents and has worked for over 15 years in community health settings in Sydney West Area Health Service. This experience has also covered a wide range of service delivery types, including: individual therapy; group therapy; parent training; screening; and consultation with/programming for/training of teaching professionals. Her clinical interests are broad and include school aged language, child voice disorders, stuttering, training parents and language therapy groups. Jenny also has experience in clinical education of undergraduate and graduate entry masters speech pathology students, managing a speech pathology service, team leading, clinical supervision of speech pathologists and in lecturing in professional development topics related to speech pathology.  She has also presented clinical papers at professional conferences.

jenny cole

Jenny Cole-Virtue - Speech Pathologist / Clinical Educator


Jenny has more than 20 years clinical experience in speech pathology. Her initial clinical education was in the UK where she worked extensively in the acute care setting including a senior clinical role at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
Jenny has also practiced extensively in Australia, including 7 years at the Prince Henry and Prince of Wales Hospitals. In 1994, Jenny was recognised by NSW Health as a specialist clinical resource in the field of Aphasia. She has lectured widely to speech pathologists at state, national and international level on the application of cognitive neuropsychological theory in assessment and treatment of acquired language disorders. She was instrumental in the development of a language screen based on cognitive neuropsychological principles that is widely used clinically by Speech Pathologists across Australia.
In 2003 Jenny completed the Macquarie University Master of Communication Disorders. Her research proposed additions to the PALPA (Kay, Coltheart & Lesser, 1992) that enable specific clinical applications to the assessment of aphasia; she has published two papers in Aphasiology as a result of this research. More recently, Jenny has worked as a Research Clinician with Professor Lyndsey Nickels in Macquarie University’s Cognitive Science research centre, and in the Disability and Community Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. As a result of this work she has co-authored journal publications in Cognition, Aphasiology and Asia-Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing.
Jenny has extensive clinical experience with adult acquired neurological impairment and dysphagia across a wide field of aetiologies and care settings, with further experience in tracheostomy management and videofluroscopic examination of swallow.
Jenny is an adult specialist speech pathologist at Macquarie University Speech Clinic, Macquarie University Hospital, and Clinical Educator for the Macquarie University’s Master of Speech and Language Pathology Program at BCS Marsfield.

Anna Hearne

Anna Hearne   BSc (SpPath), PhD

Speech Pathologist (Stuttering Specialist)

Anna has been specialising in the treatment of stuttering since commencing her PhD in 2001 at The University of Sydney. Her study focused on developing treatments for adolescents who stutter and investigating the experiences of adolescents who stutter. Her most recent position was that of Clinical Director at the Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust in Auckland, New Zealand. She also teaches at Massey, Auckland and Canterbury Universities in New Zealand. She is a Lidcombe Program Trainers Consortium member and conducts workshops in New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

Jeannie McDonald

Jeannie McDonald – Speech Pathologist / Clinical Educator

BAppSc(Sp Path), MEd Hons

Jeannie has experience working with children from early intervention to adolescence in community health, school and private practice settings. Previously she has worked with adults with neurological disorders in rehabilitation and palliative care. Jeannie has a personal interest in teaching and research and is currently teaching Clinical Linguistics Analysis at Macquarie University. She has worked on research projects investigating treatments for Childhood Apraxia of Speech and the experience of stroke.

Judy Rough

Judith Rough – B.Sp.Thy, LMus.A (singing performance), Grad Dip Counselling and Communication

Speech Pathologist (Adult Voice Specialist)

Judy has many years of experience as a Speech Pathologist, with a particular interest and expertise in the area of the voice and its disorders. She has pursued this interest in both the public and private sectors during her career, most recently as Senior Speech Pathologist (voice) at St Vincent’s Hospital where she continues to work in addition to her work at Macquarie University Speech Clinic. During her career, Judy has lectured to singers and teachers on how to care for the voice, as well as providing assessment and treatment for a wide variety of complex voice disorders in both the adults and children. She has training in acting from the Ensemble Acting School, training and experience as a freelance classical singer, and continues to perform in Oratorio and concert/recital work. Recognising the close connection between the voice and the emotions, and the need to take a holistic approach to therapy, Judy has completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Communicaton. She is also certified to deliver the Lee Silverman Programme. Judy has experience in clinical education, having worked as a clinical educator for four years at the University of Sydney, and prior to that having established and supervised a student unit in a school in the Sutherland Shire.

Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor – Speech Pathologist

BAppSc(Sp Path)

Christine has over 16 years experience as a practicing speech pathologist and has received international recognition for her clinical research activities in the in the field of acquired speech and language disorders of neurological origin. She was the Director Speech Pathology services at Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney from 1996 – 2008. She has represented speech pathology and allied health at numerous senior Department of Health forums. She was integral in securing a large NHMRC grant between Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Sciences and its industry health partner. Her research interests are in the field of aphasia, cognitive-communication disorders, motor speech disorders, minimally responsive state, severe communication impairment and more recently establishing models of clinical practice within an ICF framework. She is currently the National Executive secretary for the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and holds honorary titles with Sydney University and Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Sciences. Christine has extensive experience in the development, coordination and implementation of the Speech Pathology Clinical Education program within a hospital setting and supervised and mentored numerous students throughout her career. She is currently based at Macquarie University within the Masters of Speech and Language Pathology program.

Elizabeth Harrison

Dr. Elisabeth Harrison - Program Convenor & Senior Lecturer

BAppSc(SpPath), PhD

Elisabeth is the Program Convenor of the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program. She is a member of the new ARC Centre of Excellence that is based in the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, and is a Principal Investigator on a current NHMRC Program Grant held by the University of Sydney. Her research field is language sciences, specifically stuttering in adults and children. Her recent peer reviewed publications have concerned the mental health of adults who stutter, and the application of evidence based clinical practice in speech pathology. Her current research projects use MEG to investigate the nature of early stuttering, and continue the development of efficient treatments for preschool age children who stutter.

Ann Ashby

Ann Sood-Ashby - Clinical Placement Coordinator, MSLP Program

Ann gained experience in IT services doing programming, analysis and production support in London with Prudential and Eastman Kodak. In Sydney she developed skills in project management at Legal & General and BT Financial Group (formerly Bankers Trust) leading superannuation teams delivering legislative and product changes to systems. Ann's career has encompassed planning and organisation, team leadership, as well as change management in the Banking and Finance industry. She has also worked for Westpac where she was responsible for providing a variety of computer services specialising in project office reporting. Ann brings to Macquarie an accomplished IT technical background. More recently she volunteered with the Cancer Council NSW as an Intranet Editor and assisted the Learning & Development Advisor with updating the orientation process as well as policies, procedures and forms.

If you are interested in joining the clinic staff, please contact the Director of Clinical Education, Eva Nemeth, for a confidential discussion on (02) 9850 6877.

Phone: (02) 9850 2900