21 June 2013

Thousands of Australians suffer communication and swallowing disorders for various medical reasons that make the field of speech pathology more complex than ever before.

Researchers worldwide including experts from The University of Queensland will meet for The Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference on Sunday, June 23.

UQ Head of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Professor Louise Hickson said the conference would highlight the latest advances in the field of speech pathology with the aim of improving healthcare.

“Thousands of Australians are impacted by communication and swallowing disorders due to hearing impairment, developmental disorders, brain injury, or medical conditions such as cleft palate,” Professor Hickson said.

“UQ’s School of Health Rehabilitation Sciences has a number of clinics and centres focused on improving care for those with communication and swallowing difficulties including our Communication Disability Centre, the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation and the Telerehabilitation Research Unit.

“Our researchers are some of the leading lights in the field and will present topics related to communication and swallowing disorders in infants, the elderly, those with disabilities, and in those with mental health and hearing impairments.

“The Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase our knowledge and research outcomes with the rest of the medical and allied health community.”

The Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference is being held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland from 23-26 June 2013.

Media: Kirsten Rogan, Media and Communications, UQ Faculty of Health Sciences, 07 3346 4713, 0412 307 594 or k.rogan@uq.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences speakers and presentations

Dr Amy Rodriguez - Intensity and aphasia rehabilitation, who, what when and how.

Dr Anna O’Callaghan - The practices of speech pathologists in providing information to clients with traumatic brain injury

Dr Charlene Pearson, Professor Linda Worrall, Dr Kyla Brown - What to change and how to change it: Consumer-provider perspectives on improving services for people with aphasia and their families

Dr Carly Meyer, Professor Louise Hickson, Prof Deborah Theodoros - What to target when? How speech pathologists can improve the lives of children with Down syndrome

Michelle Bennett, Professor Elizabeth Ward, Dr Nerina Scarinci, Dr Monique Waite - An exploration of the perspectives of RACF staff about communication and mealtime management and the role of speech pathologists in aged care

Katherine Benfer, Kelly Weir, Kristie Bell, Prof Peter Davies, Robert Ware, Associate Professor Roslyn Boyd - Oropharyngeal dysphagia and its relationship to dietary intake and gross motor functional skills in young children with cerebral palsy and Oropharyngeal dysphagia on food and fluid textures in young children with cerebral palsy: A comparison between direct clinical assessment and parent report

Dr Nerina Scarinci, Taylor Funk, Ennur Yanbay, Prof Louise Hickson - Third-party disability in siblings of children with hearing loss: What does this mean for family-centred care?

Dr Anna O’Callaghan - Remediation of receptive cognitive-communication disorders following brain injury: A pilot

Professor Linda Worrall - “It’s a two-way street”: Patient and clinician engagement in rehabilitation

Dr Brooke Grohn, Dr Kyla Brown, Dr Emma Finch, Professor Linda Worrall - Aphasia ASK (Access Success Knowledge): An intervention package designed to help meet the needs of people with aphasia early during rehabilitation

Dr Mark Jones - Effectiveness of the Lidcombe Program in Australian community clinics

Dr Anne Hill - A comparative study of paired and single clinical placement models: An activity level analysis and COMPASS® Renewal: What speech pathology students and educators want!

Dr Anna Rumbach - Voice problems of group fitness instructors: Incidence of self-reported sensory-perceptual voice change and the need for preventative education

Sherry Fu, Professor Deborah Theodoros, Professor Elizabeth Ward - Comparison of intensive and standard voice therapy in the management of vocal nodules

Professor Deborah Theodoros - A comparison of standard and high intensity voice treatment for functional voice disorders: Satisfaction and functional outcome measures

Dr Nerina Scarinci - Working and communicating as an ethical practitioner: Presentation of decision making frameworks and a model of ethics to assist participants in proactive problem solving using case studies

Professor Elizabeth Ward - Behind the ‘froth and bubble’: What is the evidence for carbonation and its impact on swallowing?

Dr Louisa Massey, Dr Naomi MacBean - Clinical progression and outcome of dysphagia following hip fracture surgery: An orthogeriatric cohort study.

Dr Tanya Rose, Prof Linda Worrall, Dr Sarah Wallace - Meeting the information needs of people living with aphasia throughout the continuum of care: Exploring clinicians’ perspectives regarding current and desired practice

Professor Deborah Theodoros, Dr Anne Hill, Dr Trevor Russell - Home-based LSVT® via telerehabilitation: Preliminary results from a randomised controlled trial

Professor Elizabeth Ward, Dr Anne Hill - Performing FEES assessment via telehealth: A pilot study

Professor Elizabeth Ward, Prof Deborah Theodoros, Dr Trevor Russell - Assessing dysphagia via telerehabilitation: Does severity make a difference to clinical decision making?

Prof Jeanne Marshall, Dr Pamela Dodrill - Tackling feeding difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Where to start, what to do, and where to go next!

Lucy Simpson, Prof Elizabeth Ward - Perceptual and acoustic speech and voice changes in the early recovery period post tetraplegic spinal cord injury

Rebecca Nund, Prof Elizabeth Ward, Dr Nerina Scarinci, Assoc Prof Sandro Porceddu- Application of the ICF to patients with dysphagia following treatment for head and neck cancer

Professor Linda Worrall - Measuring informativeness of discourse in aphasia: Propositional density

Professor Helen Chenery, Dr David Copland - Using psycholinguistic models to understand bilingual aphasia: Results from semantic priming

Dr Miranda Rose, Michelle Attard, Dr Lucie Lanyon, Dr Zaneta Mok, Abby Foster - The comparative effects of Multi-modality (M-MAT) and Constraint Aphasia (CIATplus) Therapy

Rachelle Pitt, Prof Deborah Theodoros, Dr Anne Hill, Dr Trevor Russell - iCILT – Constraint Induced Language Therapy online

Professor Elizabeth Ward - Embedding high intensity aphasia clinics into Queensland Health: Cost effectiveness and clinical feasibility

Gayle Hemsley, Dr Alison Holm, Prof Barbara Dodd - Can a child be disordered in English but not Vietnamese? A bilingual child’s profile of language impairment

Dr Nerina Scarinci, Dr Tanya Rose, Jerrine Pee - Evaluation of the Hanen® Teacher Talk Program: Working with early childhood educators to promote early language development

Rachel Tosh, Dr Wendy Arnott, Dr Nerina Scarinci - Parental experience of home programs and individual therapy for children with speech and language difficulties

Stacie Park, Professor Deborah Theodoros, Dr Emma Finch - The principles of motor learning and neuroplasticity in the development of an effective speech treatment for dysarthria

Ann Edwards, Professor Deborah Theodoros - Group therapy for maintenance of speech and voice in Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study

Professor Linda Worrall, Alexia Rohde, Emma Thomas - Comprehensiveness of aphasia recommendations within clinical guidelines, a comparison with the Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway

Dr Anne Hill, Dr Emma Finch - A survey of computer use by people with aphasia

Professor Elizabeth Ward - Clinician’s perspective of delivering intensive aphasia treatment: Barriers and facilitators

Dr Kyla Brown, Prof Linda Worrall, Dr Brooke Grohn, Dr Asad Khan - Depression and anxiety in the first year of living with aphasia

Dr Brooke Grohn, Prof Linda Worrall, Dr Kyla Brown - Living successfully with aphasia during the first year post stroke

Professor Elizabeth Ward, Prof Ian Yang - A prospective investigation of dysphagia in people with an acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Jeanne Marshall, Dr Pamela Dodrill - Features of feeding difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Rebecca Banney, Keely Harper-Hill, Dr Wendy Arnott - The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and narrative generation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder