Better Hearing Australia was founded in Victoria in 1932. The Brisbane branch of BHA was established in 1947 by members of the local community who were hard of hearing themselves and couldn’t find the support they were looking for in existing services at the time. BHA Brisbane maintains this strong philosophy of self-help and draws on the value of lived experience in all its services; from informal, volunteer-led support groups to comprehensive workplace training programs.
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Our Board and Executive
Carol-Anne Greensill, Board President
I personally understand the needs of the hearing-impaired community as I have been part of the community for many years and as a double Cochlear implantee for over 9 years. I wish to continue in my role in order to ensure the best possible long-term future for Better Hearing Australia Brisbane, including our Support Groups: Brisbane North, Logan and Redlands.
The challenges facing Better Hearing Australia and all Not for Profits still remain unchanged and I will do my utmost as part of a dedicated Board to ensure that we continue to provide services and support that will improve the lives of people with hearing loss well into the future.
Christine Stevenson, Board Member
Christine has worked in banking, health and not for profit membership organisations since arriving in Australia in 1985. Seven years ago she made the move north from Melbourne. She now considers Brisbane home and is involved in a number of community projects in and around Brisbane.
Christine brings business knowledge and NFP Board experience to Better Hearing Australia and is excited about at the prospect of assisting the company negotiate future challenges.
Jared Norris, Board Member
I would like to nominate to continue as a member of the Better Hearing Australia Brisbane Board for 2020/21. Over the last 12 months I have been encouraged by the progress made by Better Hearing Australia Brisbane towards achieving financial self-sustainment and I would like to continue assisting with this goal.
I am currently a senior strategy consultant with the Nous Group in Brisbane. I have extensive operational leadership, business improvement and strategic planning skills. I have worked in both the private and not for profit sectors in industries such as health and safety, finance and consulting.
Michael Blewer, Treasurer
Since joining Better Hearing Australia, I have observed a passionate group of people doing their utmost to make a difference to the lives of people with hearing impairments. My family has been impacted by hearing loss and I have seen first-hand how debilitating it can be.
I have also seen how liberating it can be to receive hearing aids and training based on sound principles delivered by people with genuine care. I believe I can contribute to the operational and strategic management of this institution. For these reasons, I would be humbled should Better Hearing Australia Brisbane Inc. elect to extend my time on the board of directors.
Tania Hagelberg, Board Member
I wish to help BHA transition to a self-funded organisation and continue to grow. I also wish to assist BHA to provide important information, education and support for people with a hearing impairment, their families, friends and colleagues as well as raise funds.
It is also a strong position to provide education and awareness for the public and organisations to assist them to meet the needs of people with a hearing impairment.
As a person with a hearing impairment, I can provide firsthand knowledge and experience to assist others in my situation. My work in the Queensland Government managing training and employment programs for people with a disability can assist Better Hearing Australia to understand the emerging whole of life issues relating to people with a disability, including those who are Deaf and hearing impaired and offer relevant services into the future.
Tony Whelan, Business Manager
Joining BHA in 2016, Tony has a professional background in Psychology and brings almost 30 years experience in human services both as a practitioner and in senior management roles. Working across areas as diverse as youth; justice; housing & homelessness; and refugee settlement, Tony has spent the last 15 years in the disability sector both in the public and not-for-profit areas.
Tony is a member of the BHA National Board; a Director of the Deafness Forum of Australia; and a founding member of the Hearing Health Sector Alliance.