Dr Cate Madill

Cate MadillCate has worked as a voice trainer, Speech Pathologist and voice therapist for the last 20 years. She is recognised nationally and internationally and has published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

She is regularly invited to speak to media, offering insight into wide ranging topics, from the secrets of a great radio voice to the speech patterns of politicians. Read and listen to her media appearnaces here.

Dr Madill originally trained as an actor at Flinders University of South Australia during which time she discovered the work of Jo Estill and ‘Voicecraft™’, an approach to voice training that focuses on empowering the individual to maximise their voice through knowledge and skill. She pursued this approach over the next 10 years and is comprehensively trained in use of the techniques.

Working as a voice coach in Sydney fuelled her interest in vocal function and disorder, leading to completion of a Speech Pathology degree in 1998, with honours and the University medal for her research into describing vocal function.  She then worked in aged care rehabilitation services and in a voice practice for the next 5 years. She has worked as a part-time lecturer in Voice in both Speech Pathology and Acting degrees whilst completing her PhD in voice quality and personality attribution research.

Since taking up a University lecturing and research position, she has expanded her research in voice into investigating the supra-normal speaking voice, principles of motor learning in voice therapy and training, laryngeal biomechanics and optimising vocal function in the treatment of professional voice users such as teachers, singers, actors barriers & public speakers. She has applied this knowledge to treatment of voice clients in her private practice over the last 12 years.

Cate is an Honorary Associate of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, a member of the Australian Voice Association, the NSW Voice Interest Group and the NSW Evidence-Based Practice in Voice working group. She is voice consultant to the radio department at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and has conducted voice training workshops for actors, singers, teachers, call centres and auctioneers. She has undergone training in a range of voice techniques including Voicecraft™, Estill Voice Training™, Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice, LSVT.

She is experienced in diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders in voice professionals and training increased vocal effectiveness in those people who depend on vocal skill to inform, move, motivate and inspire.

  • 2008 : PhD – University of Sydney
  • 1998 : BAppSc.(Speech Pathology) (Hons) University Medal) University of Sydney
  • 1991 : BA (Hons) – Flinders University of SA