Elaine Melville (BHlthSc, RN, GradDipAud, MAudSACCP)
Elaine founded Specialist Hearing Services in 2008 and has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of audiology including Cochlear Implants, and other Implantable Devices, hearing aids, Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment and complex hearing assessments. Prior to completing her post-graduate qualifications in Audiology in 1997, Elaine was a Registered Nurse for over 18 years so she has extensive medical knowledge and diagnostic skills which enable her to provide comprehensive holistic care to her patients. She is a member of Independent Audiologists of Australia and has a strong belief in ethical practice.
“My experience, knowledge and skills as a Registered Nurse and Audiologist enable me to help people overcome the barriers of hearing loss and tinnitus. I have a strong belief in patient advocacy based on my patient’s trust. There's something special about helping someone re-connect with their world and their loved ones through better hearing." - Elaine
Hayley Bride - Marketing and Administration
Hayley joined our team one year ago and has thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with our patients. She has been relieving Sylvia on administration and is now working part time in Marketing and administration. She is available to assist you in minor repairs and will be another friendly face to greet you on arrival.
Rebecca Melville - Public Relations Practitioner
Becky is our youngest and latest addition to the team. Rebecca is our Public Relations Practitioner who assists Hayley in office administration. She is an efficient young lady who is always happy to greet you and take care of any enquiries. Becky is good with technology and photography and is always thinking of new ways to improve efficiency.
Shannon Dare and Sharna Hill
Our two new team members have a wealth of knowledge and experience in holistic patient centred care. We welcome Shannon Dare and Sharna Hill.
Shannon is our newest member to the Specialist Hearing team. After graduating from Notre Dame University, Shannon worked as a Registered Nurse for 9 years in public and private healthcare where she developed her keen interest in ears! Shannon originally specialised in paediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne working in various fields including plastics, orthopaedics, adolescents, respiratory and in operating theatre. She later completed post-graduate studies in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing at Curtin University, which led her to specialise in infants and early childhood healthcare.
Working in the community as a child health nurse Shannon was fortunate to visit remote regions of Australia and work together with Aboriginal families and their communities to provide education on childhood development and promotion of healthy lifestyles. After developing a keen interest in ENT Shannon began to run clinics and assist in ENT operations such as cochlear implants, sinus surgeries, complex ears and airway cases. It is here where she decided to focus on ENT, enrolling in the Master of Clinical Audiology at UWA to further her knowledge in hearing.
Shannon has since had the opportunity to gain experiences in diagnostics, paediatrics, electrophysiology and vestibular issues. Due to her diverse background and experience, Shannon is able to provide holistic healthcare to her patients, covering both audiological and general medical care.
In addition to Audiology, Shannon leads a very healthy and active lifestyle and has two loving Cavoodles (Peggy and Arnold) who keep her very occupied. She is getting married in February and is busy planning her wedding and honeymoon to France, where she cannot wait to sample the local produce….. The wine and cheese!
Kevin Fortum - Diatec technician
Kevin Fortum is the WA based Diatec technician who is always ready to help with equipment problems and troubleshooting. He is available to attend to calibrations for all audiological equipment.