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Caroline Balke

  • Masters of Audiology Studies, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons 1A) with majors in Physiology and Developmental Biology, University of Queensland
  • Member of the Audiological Society of Australia

Caroline graduated from the University of Queensland Master of Audiology Studies in 2005. While undertaking her audiology studies, she worked at the Vision, Touch, and Hearing Research Centre at the University of Queensland, studying genetic sequencing on Acoustic Neuromas. Her work in research has led to Caroline’s keen interest in diagnostic audiology, particularly working with complex cases.

Following graduation, Caroline worked at both Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Health Services, gaining experience in a wide range of both adult and paediatric audiological services.

Caroline now works full time at Mater and is part of the Mater Cochlear Implant Clinic team, specialising in paediatric cochlear implant candidacy assessment and habilitation. She has also been instrumental in ongoing development of vestibular assessment at the Mater hospital, using current evidence based practice. She is currently training others in this area and has dreams of further developing multidisciplinary vestibular services for patients with dizziness and balance problems.


Joanne Nisbett

  • Masters of Audiological Studies, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), University of Queensland
  • Member of the Audiological Society of Australia (ASA)
  • Awarded Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP) following completion of the clinical internship program

Joanne is committed to providing an exceptional standard of care to all her patients. She endeavours to keep abreast of current evidence-based practice by attending professional development courses and workshops where possible. Joanne has a broad range of clinical experience in obtaining accurate hearing thresholds from patients from six months to older adults using various testing techniques. Joanne currently specialises in testing patients with balance, dizziness and/or vertigo complaints. She also manages the caseload for oncology patients requiring audiological follow-up.


Emma Reichman

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Clinical Audiology
  • Member of Audiological Society of Australia
  • Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP)

Emma has worked as an audiologist since 2001. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, providing rehabilitative audiology at Australian Hearing, in private practice, and diagnostic audiology at the Royal Children’s and Mater Hospitals. She has also worked overseas in a children’s and mothers’ hospital in Scotland where she provided specialist infant hearing testing and was involved in research.

In her current role at Mater, Emma enjoys a diverse caseload, encompassing the age span from newborns to the elderly, working between the Mater Hospital Brisbane, Mater Mothers' Hospitals and Mater Children’s Private Brisbane. Some of her specialist areas include: assessing the hearing of babies following referral from the Healthy Hearing program; assessing children with complex medical needs; visiting adult and elderly inpatients on the ward to ensure their hearing and communication needs are met during their stay in hospital; and providing an optimised hearing aid fitting trial prior to considering the need for a Cochlear Implant.

Emma enjoys teaching, and in recent years has supervised new graduate audiologists towards obtaining their Certificate of Clinical Practice. She also supervises University of Queensland Audiology students, providing them with hands on clinical experience towards obtaining their Masters degree.


Jenny Wimberger

  • Bachelor of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland - major in anatomy and exercise physiology
  • Audiology clinical internship through the National Acoustic Laboratories (1985)
  • Full member of the Audiological Society of Australia since 1986, awarded Clinical Certificate of Practice in 1987

Jenny has worked as an audiologist since 1986, with extensive experience in the diagnostic assessment and rehabilitation areas. Jenny has tested, diagnosed and fitted hearing aids and assistive devices to patients of all ages - from babies to adults. She has also worked with patients with other physical, intellectual and social impairments.

In her previous role Jenny was part of the teams which serviced the paediatric oncology and indigenous outreach clinics. Apart from the general audiology caseload Jenny's speciality is Central Auditory Processing assessments.


Kathryn Diprose

  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), University of Queensland
  • Master of Audiology Studies, University of Queensland
  • Member of the Audiological Society of Australia
  • Certificate of Clinical Practice

Prior to joining the Mater Audiology Team in 2008, Kathryn was employed by a private audiology clinic and Queensland Health. Kathryn has gained extensive clinical experience in providing paediatric and adult diagnostic services. She has a special interest in difficult to test populations, including children with autism.

Kathryn has provided clinical leadership, training and supervision of audiologists and audiology students since 2005. She utilises evidenced based practice when providing individual patient care, and when developing clinical protocols, competency and capability training materials for department and state-wide use.


Christine Vincent

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, majoring in Psychology
  • Diploma in Education, University of Queensland
  • Master of Environmental and Community Health, Griffith University
  • Audiology clinical internship through the National Acoustic Laboratories, 1977

Christine has worked as an audiologist since 1977, with extensive experience in diagnostic and rehabilitation areas. She worked for National Acoustics Laboratory, (later Australian Hearing) testing, diagnosing and fitting hearing aids to all ages from babies to elderly patients. She was Audiologist in Charge of both the Townsville and Logan Australian Hearing clinics.

She worked in her own private practice in the 1980s. She has also performed locum work at most of the hospital audiology departments in Brisbane.

Christine has worked at Mater Health Services for 11 years and particularly enjoys her work with patients prior to and after receiving their cochlear implants.


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