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 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)

Vice President & 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.

Associate Professor Diane Huges (NSW)

Secretary & Professional Development

A/Prof Diane Hughes is a researcher and lecturer in Vocal Studies and Music at Macquarie University, Australia. Di has an extensive background in contemporary popular singing pedagogy, and has been an invited speaker at conferences and seminars. Her work within the industry has involved artist development and recording. Di's research interests include vocal health, artistry, pedagogy, recording, performance and singing in schools. She is an advocate for the development of cross-curriculum voice studies in school education. In 2014, she received an Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for her contribution to student learning and an honorary award for service from the Professional Teachers’ Council of NSW. In 2018, Di received an honorary award recognising her service to the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing over a significant period of change, and for ongoing commitment to mentorship and guidance within the profession of singing and singing teaching in Australia.

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.

Dr Debbie Phyland (VIC)

Professional Development

Dr Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist, lecturer and researcher and has primarily worked for the past 30 years in acute hospital settings, part-time lecturing at Latrobe, Melbourne and James Cook Universities in voice, neurological and dysphagia subjects and running a private voice practice. Debbie is also a music theatre singer-performer combining her love of performance with her speech pathology career, bringing voice medicine to the performing arts. In 2002, she was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to the USA and Europe to study laryngology in relation to professional voice-users.

She is a co-founder of the multi-disciplinary clinic, The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre, and runs a private practice, Voice Medicine Australia. Debbie also works as the Clinical Research Director for the ENT Head and Neck Department of Monash Health and recently undertook a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship supported by the Garnet-Passe and Rodney-Williams Foundation. She is also the immediate past President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia (2014-2017). Along with Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has been honoured with several awards including the SPAA Elinor Wray (2010), Victorian Green Room (2012) and Australian Voice Association (2014) awards for ‘Outstanding Contribution’. She has numerous publications across the ENT field in swallowing, voice and neurological conditions. Debbie completed her doctoral thesis through the Department of Surgery, Monash University in 2014.

Meaghan Sullivan (VIC)

Publications & Promotions

Meaghan has been a Speech Pathologist since 2002. She also holds a Bachelor of Music (voice) from the Victorian College of Arts. Meaghan has worked as a lecturer, Musical Director and singing teacher for various universities including Federation University’s Musical Theatre Degree. Meaghan continues to sing in both choral and solo concert events. Meaghan has been working as a Speech Pathologist with Voice Medicine Australia and the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre since 2010. Meaghan also provides services to clients in the Ballarat and regional areas via her private practice which has a large paediatric caseload in addition to her adult neurologic and laryngology patient focus.

Meaghan is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia, and a member of the Australian Voice Association and Laryngology Society of Australasia. She has attended and presented at many national and international speech pathology and ENT Specialist workshops and conferences on a variety of topics related to clinical voice management. Along with the performance voice, Meaghan has a special interest and expertise in neurologic voice (spasmodic dysphonia and tremor), cough, vocal cord dysfunction and the relevance of exercise science to speech pathology management.

Jennifer Innes (SA)

Jennifer has recently returned to Adelaide after 12 years working as a voice & dialect coach, and actor in Melbourne.  With a background and particular interest in classical theatre, Jennifer studied acting, voice and phonetics at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She later studied voice, accent and dialect at the VCA & MCM, where she worked as Voice Lecturer for six years. She is currently Lecturer in Voice at AC Arts and the University of Adelaide (Music Theatre).  Jennifer has coached for such companies as Red Stitch Actors Theatre, The Honeytrap and The State Theatre Company of South Australia. She has performed with companies including Essential Theatre, Don’t Look Away and Opera Australia.  She coaches privately for corporate clients, educators and actors and has performed and coached in film and television in Australia and in the UK. Jennifer believes in personal empowerment through voice work, and is a proud member of the AVA, VASTA, the NTEU and the MEAA.