June 30, 2011

Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in Darwin

This year's Speech Pathology Australia National Conference was held in Darwin from 26-29 June.
With the conference being held in Darwin, there were opportunities to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island people.

Keynote speakers at the conference were:
  • Dr Anne Lowell and her Yolngu colleagues Elaine Maypilama, Phyllis Batumbil and Helen Nyomba from the remote Indigenous Arnhem Land Community of Galiwin’ku. Their powerful presentation was titled: Closing the communication gap in Indigenous health: Working together to improve practice and outcomes
  • Prof Deborah Theodoros: A new era in speech pathology practice: Innovation and diversification
  • Prof Tim Sharp: Happiness at work...and beyond: Applying the principles of positive psychology!
My colleagues and I presented the following papers:
  • Williams, C. J. & McLeod, S. Working with children from multilingual backgrounds: Knowledge and practices of Australian speech pathologists.
  • McCormack, J., McLeod, S., McAllister, L., & Harrison, L. J. Living with speech impairment: Reflections on life from early childhood to adulthood.
  • McCormack, J., Harrison, L. J., McLeod, S., & McAllister, L. The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children: School outcomes for children identified with communication impairment in early childhood.

While at the conference, I enjoyed learning from Australia's speech pathology community, and also from people working as speech pathologists in New Zealand, UK, Vietnam, Uganda, and Senegal.
Also at the conference, I was busy in my role as the editor of Speech Pathology Australia's journal, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (see previous blog entry for exciting news!)

More information about the conference is here
Dr Caroline Bowen (centre) who was awarded life membership
of Speech Pathology Australia with Jane McCormack  and Sharynne

Sharynne, Dr Sally Hewat (U of Newcastle), Dr Diane Jacobs (LaTrobe University),
and Dr Emma McLaughlin (LaTrobe University)

Sharynne in Darwin with Dr Clare McCann and Dr Dean Sutherland
from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand