June 15, 2018

Research summary slide

I have been invited to create a Powerpoint slide to summarise my 2018 research for the upcoming CSU Faculty of Arts and Education Research Forum. Here is my slide:

The ICF framework: Considering individuals from a perspective of health and wellness

The following article has been accepted for publication.

Blake, H. L. & McLeod, S. (2018, in press June). The ICF framework: Considering individuals from a perspective of health and wellness. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIG17: Global issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders).

It will be published in a special issue on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and forms part of Helen's PhD.
Here is the abstract:
This paper describes the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its application to speech, language, and hearing. The ICF framework was developed to present a holistic person-centered approach for people of all ages, across all nations, health care disciplines, services, and time from a perspective of health and wellness. Therefore, it is an appropriate framework for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology for use with people in relation to their communication and/or hearing. This paper describes the ICF, its purpose, development, contents, and coding. It also discusses how the framework is being used by speech-language pathologists and audiologists in clinical practice and research to investigate body structures and their functions and any restrictions these may place on an individual’s ability to participate in activities. The acceptance of the ICF as a biopsychosocial framework for practice and research marks a transition in thinking from the professions’ previous focus on handicap to a focus instead that considers individuals and society from a perspective of health and wellness.

June 13, 2018

United Nations Multilingual Video Collection

Dr Suzanne Hopf, is in Fiji and has added her voice to the United Nations Multilingual Video Collection reading Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: https://youtu.be/XlfonR_aQaQ #SpeakUp4CommRights #StandUp4HumanRights
Add your voice here: https://www.un.org/en/udhr-video/

June 12, 2018

Vietnamese langauge maintenance survey

We need at least 300 people with Vietnamese heritage to answer a questionnaire about Vietnamese language maintenance. We are interested in hearing from people with Vietnamese heritage who speak Vietnamese, Vietnamese and English, English only, or other languages. The VietSpeech questionnaire will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

Please share this link with anyone you know who has Vietnamese heritage, lives in Australia and is over 18 https://www.research.net/r/VietSpeech

The research has ethical approval. The findings of this project will provide useful information to the Vietnamese-Australian community, educators, speech pathologists, and policy makers about supporting language maintenance.

This VietSpeech study is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant and conducted through Charles Sturt University. More details about the project are here: https://www.csu.edu.au/research/vietspeech/overview

We plan to have a Vietnamese version of the questionnaire available in the next few weeks, so please let us know if you are interested in accessing that version.

Thank you for completing the questionnaire (if you are eligible) and for sharing the link with others who may be interested.


June 11, 2018

Speech Pathology Australia's support for communication as a human right

Gaenor Dixon (President, SPA), Gail Mulcair (CEO, SPA), Prof Kirrie Ballard (Editor, IJSLP), Prof Sharynne McLeod (Guest Editor, IJSLP). Photo credit: Louise Hutchinson
At the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) National Conference we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, focusing on communication as a human right. The photograph of the audience showing their support for communication rights is below. The special issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (volume 20, issue 1) that contains 31 open access papers discussing communication as a human right is available here. The foreword is written by Alastair McEwan (Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner) and Ed Santow (Australian Human Rights Commissioner) and is titled "The importance of the human right to communication".
Speech Pathology Australia delegates celebrating 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and communication as a human right (Article 19). Photo credit: Louise Hutchinson

Authors and editors of the special issue of IJSLP celebrating communication as a human right L-R: A/Prof Jane McCormack, Prof Sharynne McLeod (Guest Editor, IJSLP), Gail Mulcair (CEO, SPA), Hayley Tancredi, Prof Kirrie Ballard (Editor, IJSLP), Prof Bronwyn Hemsley, Prof Lindy McAllister, A/Prof Deborah Hersh, Dr Bea Staley. Photo credit: Louise Hutchinson
Natalie Davall (Taylor & Francis), A/Prof Anne Whitworth (Editor, IJSLP), Prof Kirrie Ballard (Editor, IJSLP), Prof Sharynne McLeod (Guest Editor, IJSLP), A/Prof Deborah Hersh (author), Hayley Tancredi (author). Photo credit: Louise Hutchinson

May 31, 2018

Enriching and encouraging time with our team in Adelaide

My team of PhD students, postdocs and graduated students all live in different cities (i.e., they undertake their studies and research by distance), so we have enjoyed meeting together at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in Adelaide this week. Throughout the conference we have had many opportunities to support one another. Today, after the conference concluded, we met with the keynote speakers Professors Ron Gillam and Sandi Gillam from USA. During our meeting each PhD student outlined her research and there was a lot of enriching and encouraging discussion. Next week, we are back to seeing one another via videoconference.

Prof Sharynne McLeod, Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Jane McCormack, Helen Blake, Van Tran, Ben Pham, Nicole McGill, Michelle Brown
Dr Michelle Brown, Dr Van Tran, Ben Pham, Dr Sarah Verdon, Helen Blake, Dr Jane McCormack, Nicole McGill
Ben Pham, Van Tran, Dr Jane McCormack, Nicole McGill, Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Sarah Masso, Prof Ron Gillam, Prof Sandi Gillam, Helen Blake, Michelle Brown, Prof Sharynne McLeod
Sharynne, Nicole and Michelle at the conference dinner

May 30, 2018

Focus on Vietnam at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference

This week at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference there were many papers and events about Vietnamese and Vietnam. In the program were a number of papers presented by Vietnamese and Australian authors, including a paper by Ben Phạm and myself titled "Vietnamese children’s speech acquisition: A normative cross-sectional study." The Trinh Foundation held a fundraising stall and dinner, and there were many other opportunities to discuss our VietSpeech research.
Ben Pham, Sarah Verdon, Chyrisse Heine, Sharynne McLeod, Dien Le
Lindy McAllister, Dien Le, Ben Pham, Van Tran, Sharynne McLeod
Trinh Foundation Dinner: Cathy Easton, Sarah Verdon, Sarah Masso, Helen Blake, Gwendalyn Webb, Ben Pham
Dr Van Tran, Gaenor Dixon (SPA President), Ben Pham, Gail Mulcair (SPA CEO)

Speech Pathology Australia National Conference - Adelaide

This week the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference is in Adelaide.
Our team are presenting a number of papers and posters, including:
  1. Baker, E., Williams, A. L., McLeod, S. & McCauley, R. J. – There are so many different phonological intervention approaches: What’s the difference? 
  2. Blake, H. L., McLeod, S. & Verdon, S. – Multilingual university students’ perceptions of the impact of English proficiency and intelligibility on participation. (e-poster) 
  3. Blake, H. L., Verdon, S. & McLeod, S. – Exploring multilingual speakers’ perspectives on their English intelligibility. 
  4. McGill, N., McLeod, S. & Crowe, K. (2018). ‘Wait’ lifting: Development of a website to facilitate active waiting for speech pathology. 
  5. McGill, N., & McLeod, S. (2018). The theory of preparative waiting: A framework for considering parents’ experiences of waiting for speech pathology services. (poster) 
  6. McLeod, S. – Communication rights: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  7. McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J., Wang, C., & Verdon, S. – Academic outcomes for Indigenous Australian children whose parents were concerned about their speech and language in early childhood. 
  8. Phạm, B., & McLeod, S. – Vietnamese children’s speech acquisition: A normative cross-sectional study. 
  9. Verdon, S. & McLeod, S. – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s access to and engagement in speech and language treatment. 
Past and present members of our team who are attending are: Helen Blake, Ben Phạm, Nicole McGill, Dr Van Tran, Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Sarah Masso and Dr Jane McCormack.
Nicole McGill presenting her paper
Dr Sarah Verdon presenting her paper
Dr Elise Baker, Dr Caroline Bowen, Prof Sharynne McLeod
Nicole McGill (3rd from left) presenting her poster with Dr Diane Jacobs, Dr Jane McCormack, Prof Sharynne McLeod
Prof Sharynne McLeod and Ben Pham
Dr Sarah Verdon, Prof Sharynne McLeod, Helen Blake

May 29, 2018

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference

Today at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference I presented a short plenary talk titled "Communication rights: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights". At the conclusion of the talk, we took a photograph of the audience showing their support for communication rights by holding up postcards with #SpeakUp4CommRights and details of the special issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (volume 20, issue 1) that contains 31 open access papers discussing communication as a human right.

One of the papers in the special issue is by Dr Jane McCormack, Dr Elise Baker and Dr Kate Crowe who are presenting a paper at the SPA conference about their work and have written a blog post published by the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE): http://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=2907
A/Prof Anne Whitworth, Prof Kirrie Ballard (Editors of IJSLP), Dr Elise Baker, Dr Jane McCormack, Prof Sharynne McLeod

May 25, 2018

CSU promotes the conclusion of Dr Kate Crowe's Fulbright Scholarship

Today, Charles Sturt University media have released a statement celebrating the end of Dr Kate Crowe's Fulbright Scholarship. The statement is here. Congratulations Kate.