June 25, 2018

Welcome Michelle Brown - our new postdoc

Today we received the news that Michelle Brown will officially join our team as a postdoctoral scholar, commencing on 1st August 2018. She will be with us part-time for two years. Michelle's postdoc will be funded by my CSU Senior Research Fellowship and she will be supporting the research of our team as well as continuing her PhD research into early literacy:
Michelle had the opportunity to meet with our team at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in Adelaide in May. We are delighted she will be working with us over the next two years. 

United Nations NGO Accreditation Status for Speech Pathology Australia

Following on from our work to celebrate communication rights and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Speech Pathology Australia has just been granted NGO Accreditation Status by the United Nations.

Here is the announcement on Facebook by Speech Pathology Australia:
Speech Pathology Australia has just been granted NGO (Non-Government Organisation) Accreditation Status by the United Nations! The Association’s application for new NGO accreditation to the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability) was recently approved by consensus at the first meeting at the CoSP 11th session on 12 June in New York.
What this means is that Speech Pathology Australia can send delegations to the CRPD Conference of State Parties and participate in UN meetings and the Civil Society forum concerning the implementation of the Convention. The Association can now also host a side event at future CRPD Conferences of States Parties. Such a proposition has been under active consideration by the International Communication Project, as well as the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
It is pleasing that the RCSLT has also just been granted accreditation status, providing further support for possible future ICP activities to promote communication as a human right. Additionally, the Association is aiming to apply for Consultative Status with United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, which will provide further opportunities for consultation at this global level.
Gail Mulcair Chief Executive Officer

June 22, 2018

Charles Sturt University Senior Research Fellowship

Today, Charles Sturt University announced the recipients of 6 Senior Research Fellowships and 9 Research Fellowships. I am fortunate to have received one of the Senior Research Fellowships, a position I will hold for 2 years. Here is the description of the Fellowships
The Research Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships are intended to boost research capacity within the university by supporting dedicated research time and providing additional research resources for a number of high-performing individuals.
Here is the announcement on What's New and News.
The recent call for Research and Senior Research Fellowships received 37 eligible applications and was highly competitive... Up to six Senior Research Fellowships were available and awarded with two dedicated to each Research Sphere within the Research Narrative. Up to ten Research Fellowships were available across the Research Narrative, and nine Research Fellowships were awarded.

Resilient People research sphere entitled Walanbang mayiny which means very strong people:
Senior Research Fellowships
* Prof. Sharynne McLeod, Faculty of Arts and Education
* Prof. Jade Forwood, Faculty of Science
Research Fellowships
* A/Prof. Karen Bell, Faculty of Arts & Education
* Dr. Tamara Cumming, Faculty of Arts & Education
* A/Prof. Peter Denyer-Simmons, Faculty of Arts and Education
* Dr. Danielle Ryan, Faculty of Science

Flourishing Communities research sphere entitled Ngumbadal-ngilanha which translates as united:
Senior Research Fellowships
* A/Prof. Oliver Burmeister, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
* A/Prof. Dominic O'Sullivan, Faculty of Arts and Education
Research Fellowships
* A/Prof. Zahid Islam, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
* A/Prof. Manoranjan Paul, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Sustainable Environments research sphere entitled Gulbali ngurambang meaning to understand country:
Senior Research Fellowships
* A/Prof. Shokoofeh Shamsi, Faculty of Science
* Prof. Shane Raidal. Faculty of Science.
Research Fellowships
 * Dr. Andrew Clark, Faculty of Science
* Dr. Melanie Massaro, Faculty of Science
* Dr. Lihong Zheng, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Please join me in congratulating all of the Fellowships recipients...
Kind regards Mary
Prof. Mary T Kelly DVC RDI

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