After graduating as a speech pathologist and audiologist from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Sharon started working in a centre for hearing impaired and deaf children from socio-economically disadvantaged communities. She commenced a research project on services for these children and their parents and was awarded her PhD in 2005 on evaluation of a parent-child intervention programme for hearing impaired children and their hearing caregivers.
Sharon has also worked in the UK and Australia. She has managed private practices in South Africa and Australia, worked in the Cochlear Implant Program at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London and joined the RIDBC-SCIC team in Sydney in 2011.