A photo of the Equinox 1 building in DeakinAbout Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre

Welcome to Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre, providing Canberra ACT and surrounds with the broadest range of hearing, speech, language and balance services and products. Every service is conducted by a university qualified Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist.

Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre is proudly independent to offer you the best solutions from the world's top brands. We never, ever pay commissions or set employee targets on hearing aid fittings or any other product or service. Our philosophy is to provide you with professional assessment, advice and options so you make informed decisions.

 

On this page

  1. A brief history of Brindabella Speech & Hearing Centre
  2. Qualifications, accreditations, awards and government provider status
  3. Premises and equipment
  4. Community and environment
  5. Meet our staff

A brief history of Brindabella Speech & Hearing Centre

Brindabella Hearing Centre was established in 2004 with a vision to provide Canberra ACT and surrounds with a broad range of diagnostic and rehabilitative hearing services. While we have always been located in the medical district of Deakin, we have had to move premises 4 times to accommodate our growth in staff and services.

In 2006, after significant research and planning, diagnostic services for children with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD, or APD) were introduced. This was a first for Canberra.

Prior to 2007, patients with vestibular (balance) problems had to travel to Sydney for objective assessments. Responding to a strong desire in the medical community, especially amongst Canberra's Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialists, Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre invested in the skills and equipment to bring this needed service to Canberra.

Then in 2009, building on the CAPD assessments, a Speech-Language Pathologist was added to the team to provide treatment options, followed by a second in 2010 and third in 2012 as our services expanded to include in-classroom speech and language support and a school holiday program for children aged 4-7. It was also at this time we moved into our current premises and renamed ourselves to reflect the expansion into speech and language services: Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre.

In 2011 we tendered and were awarded the contract to provide hearing and speech services to the new Queanbeyan GP Super Clinic. Services commenced in July for 1-2 days per week and we expect this may increase with demand over time.

In 2013 we began operating part-time from the Calwell Medical Centre in partnership with Ochre Health.

In 2014 we opened doors at our second permanent, full-time clinic in Bruce at the Health Hub building on the University of Canberra campus.

In 2015 we opened doors at our third permanent, full-time clinic in Erindale, relocating from the Calwell facility. We also began offering the Hanen Program 'It Takes Two to Talk' for parents.

Qualifications, accreditations, awards and government provider status

Every service is conducted by a university qualified, professionally active Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist.

Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre holds the following accreditations:

For more information please read our page on government schemes.

Premises and equipment

Our primary clinic is located at Suite 4, Level 1 of the Equinox 1 building at the newly-completed Equinox Business Park [external link], which holds 4.5 star NABERS and 4 star Greenstar environmental ratings. We performed an extensive custom fit-out to ensure the clinic is fit-for-purpose; for example, all consulting room walls and ceilings have top-rated soundproofing applied in addition to having sound booths in the audiology rooms.

Our diagnostic equipment and software is state of the art. All consulting rooms are equipped with laptops for accessible and comfortable client consultation. Our Speech-Language Pathologists have recently begun using iPads due to the availability of applications that engage with and elicit response from children (and sometimes their parents).

We also have portable equipment for use in home visits. This is also used when our health professionals perform consultations at the Queanbeyan GP Super Clinic and the Calwell clinic; the clinics are also furnished with permanent sound booths and childrens furniture.

Community and environment

Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre has long been a supporter of community events including Hearing Awareness Week and Seniors Week where we have had a continuous presence since 2004. We have conducted free awareness seminars for both medical professionals and the general public.

The ACTSmart office recycling logoWe are strongly committed to helping the environment. In addition to our premises having a respectable environmental rating, we strive to reduce paper use where possible and encourage active recycling. In 2011 Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre applied for and was approved as an ACTSmart Office Recycling accredited business [external link].

Meet our staff

Mandy Nyhof BA, Grad Dip Aud, MAudiology, MAudA (CCP). Audiologist and Practice Manager. Prior to starting Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre, Mandy gained extensive experience in both diagnostic and rehabilitative roles around Australia and overseas.

 

Nicola Chau BMusStudies, MClAud, MAudA (CCP). Audiologist. Team Leader.

Yvonne de Wit BA (Hons), P/G.DipEd, MAud St, MAudA (CCP). Audiologist.

Sarah Barron BMedSc, MClAud, MAudA (CCP). Audiologist.

John Dewhurst BMus, GradDipMus, MClAud, MAudA (CCP). Audiologist.

Cailyn Furze BSc (Hons), MClAud, MAudA. Audiologist.

Kate Newall BNurs, MClAud, MAudA. Audiologist.

Josephine Reynolds BEd (SpEd), MAud, MAudA (CCP). Audiologist.

 

Sarah Cording BHlthSc (SpeechPath), CPSP. Speech-Language Pathologist. Team Leader [currently on extended leave].

Lori Drennan MA, MSPA, CPSP. Speech-Language Pathologist. Acting Team Leader.

Claire Martins BSpPath, CPSP. Speech-Language Pathologist.

Meagan Volmari BSpPath (Hons), CPSP. Speech-Language Pathologist.

Rebecca De Costa BHlthSc (SpeechPath), CPSP. Speech-Language Pathologist.

Jacqui Barwick MSpPath, MSPA. Speech-Language Pathologist.

Rebecca Condon B.SPath, CPSP. Speech-Language Pathologist.

Olivia Cowell B.SPath, CPSP. Speech-Language Pathologist.

Yasmine Young BPsych, MaSLP, CPSP. Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

Alyssa Marley. Office Administrator. Team Leader.

Ashleigh Brewer. Office Administrator.

Susannah Frith. Office Administrator.

Liana Jessop. Office Administrator.

Claire Neale. Office Administrator.

Georgina Ovin. Office Administrator.

Jamiee Berger. Office Administrator.

Alannah Gibbon. Office Administrator.

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Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre has had clients visit from Canberra ACT, Queanbeyan, Yass, Young, Cooma & Bateman's Bay.

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