About us


Originating at Macquarie University, MultiLit Pty Ltd has become a major force for effective literacy instruction in Australia.

For 25 years, MultiLit has provided assistance to tens of thousands of students in a variety of settings, including schools, our own Literacy Centres, and community-based literacy projects across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

As a result of being a research initiative of Macquarie University, MultiLit’s publications, professional development and Literacy Centre are continually informed by an ongoing program of research. The research team is led by Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall AM. Recognising the valuable contribution of this research, MultiLit was featured by Universities Australia in its 2019 ‘Universities Research Changes Lives‘ campaign.

The Founders

In 2006, MultiLit Pty Ltd was founded by Professor Kevin Wheldall, Dr Robyn Wheldall and Iain Rothwell. MultiLit Pty Ltd is a spin-off company of Macquarie University, following on from a program of research since 1995.

Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall AM

Chairman and Director, MultiLit Research Unit
BA, PhD, C.Psychol, FASSA, FBPsS, FCollP, FIARLD,

Dr Robyn Wheldall

Director and Deputy Director, MultiLit Research Unit
BA, PhD (Special Education), MAICD

Iain Rothwell

Managing Director
BBus, MAcc, CPA

Literacy Services Management Team


Andy Russell

General Manager – Literacy Services
BA Psychology (Hons), M.Ed. (Special Education)

Andy brings over 10 years of experience working in one-to-one settings with students, including managing and opening Learning Centres in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe.

Renee Old

Senior Centre Manager – Macquarie Park
BA/BEd, BTeaching (Primary),
Grad Cert (Inclusive Education)

Renee brings 20 years’ experience as an educator in a variety of settings and as a learning support teacher and coordinator.


Margaret Rees

Literacy Centre Manager – Bella Vista
BTeaching (Early Childhood),
Grad Cert Literacy,
Grad Cert Learning Difficulties

Margaret brings more than 25 years’ experience in early literacy intervention and as a learning support teacher and coordinator.

Vikki-Eschler-Fortitude-Valley-MultiLit-Literacy Centre

Vikki Eschler

Literacy Centre Manager – Fortitude Valley
BEd (Early Childhood), MEd (Special Education)

Vikki brings more than 15 years’ experience in inclusive education as a support teacher and as Head of Supportive Education Services (HOSES).


Sarah Grunwald

Literacy Centre Manager – Subiaco
BMus, DipEd (Primary), MSpPath

Sarah Grunwald has over 15 years’ experience supporting the speech, language and literacy development of school-aged children.

Mentor teaching young boy

Our Tutors

All MultiLit tutors have completed or are in the process of completing studies in education, psychology, special education, speech pathology or related disciplines.

MultiLit then provides extensive training and mentoring for all tutors. Ongoing observation and feedback is conducted to ensure consistent program delivery is being achieved across all MultiLit programs.

Clare Mitchell
Clare Mitchell
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We have seen such incredible results since our daughter started the MultiLit program in Term 1 this year. The tutors are encouraging, professional, and incredibly experienced. We are at the end of two terms of the program and are very thankful we found MultiLit. Highly recommend.
Steve Shortnose
Steve Shortnose
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MultiLit has made a wonderful and fundamental difference to my child's life and self -esteem. He started the program at the very bottom of his class. I had tried other reading interventions that did not work. A couple of weeks ago he told me he had a maths test in school, so I asked how he went. He said "Good, I could read the questions." It melted my heart. It is amazing to see how far he has come in this scientific, evidence based program. It is absolutely worth it. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. The program is amazing and the educators celebrate my son's success as much as I do.
Josie Carnavale
Josie Carnavale
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Thanks so much to all those involved with this program. My daughter accessed this program through school in early primary. She was really struggling with her literacy and it was having a negative effect on her self esteem. The program has enabled her to develop the skills to become a competent reader and now she loves to read all the time. We're very proud of her progress and so is she. Many thanks!
Stuart Moule
Stuart Moule
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My Son was diagnosed with Dyslexia and has completed nearly 2 years with Multilit. The benefit of Tutoring with MultiLit is that they have a program that has evidence to show it is beneficial for struggling readers. They were able to go through my Son's literacy skills and make sure he was taught all the things he had missed when he was in Infants. We would highly recommend this program for anyone with a child who is struggling to read. My Son now has the confidence to try and sound out words he doesn't know, and is no longer embarrassed that he finds it hard to read. All the Tutors that he worked with were very encouraging.

MultiLit Literacy Centres are members of the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA), and as such, uphold the high standards and aspirations of the Association. All members agree to abide by the ATA Code of Conduct, which ensures consistency and predictability for members and their customers.  Additionally, all tutors have undergone a Working With Children Check prior to employment. 

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