Dr Caitlin Barr

Role: Project Leader

Dr Caitlin Barr is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne and HEARing CRC.

Caitlin’s research focuses on the holistic management of adults with hearing impairment that is:

  1. Optimising outcomes for adults with hearing impairment including best practice fitting of hearing aids, optimal patient-practitioner communication, implementation of evidence-based practice and novel models of practice including eHealth solutions;
  2. Obtaining a better understanding the population needs for hearing care service delivery including working with community dwelling adults and in aged care rehabilitation settings;
  3. Developing and evaluating new tools, and resources that optimise clinicians’ behaviour change and professional development; and
  4. Implementing patient- and family-centred care in hearing rehabilitation.

Her research utilises a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Caitlin currently coordinates major subjects in the Master of Clinical Audiology degree at the University of Melbourne which focus on adult rehabilitation and hearing aids, and she is responsible for educating audiologist students about professionalism, ethics and models of service delivery.

She is also a Director of Audiology Australia, the peak professional body for audiologists in Australia where Caitlin is focussed on optimising member education and professional development. Her role at Audiology Australia combines her passion for working towards achieving the best outcomes for adults with hearing impairment, and adult learning and education of health professionals.