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INVITATION TO OUR FIRST UTS "SPEECH PATHOLOGY SEMINAR"

‘Communication is a human right: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’

10th September 2018

Venue: The University of Technology Sydney

Aerial Function Centre, Building 10 on Level 7, 235 Jones Street Ultimo NSW

Convened by Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, foundation Head of Speech Pathology at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney

The aim of this interactive seminar is to showcase the “Human Right of Communication” for all people, including people with communication disability, and the new discipline of Speech Pathology at the University of Technology Sydney.

2018 is the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to celebrate this important event the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology released a special issue relating to communication rights all people. Many of the 29 papers featured in the special issue address more than one perspective.

This event aims to highlight six papers in the special issue, from Sydney authors united across institutions teaching speech pathology programs. The authors will draw the audience into an interactive event about the human right of communication with a variety of talks and panel discussions looking for ways to create change and increase access to the human right of communication for all people, including people with communication disability, children, and people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

REGISTRATION LINK:

Please register as soon as possible as numbers are limited. Cancel your registration to allow another person to attend, if you change your mind, by emailing Harmony.Turnbull@uts.edu.au

Cost – Free

Starts: 9am registration for 9.30am start (ends 1pm). Morning tea is included.

RSVP by this Eventbrite Link

UTS contact: Ms Harmony Turnbull, Associate Lecturer, Speech Pathology @ UTS Harmony.Turnbull@uts.edu.au

SPEAKERS

The event will be opened by Mr Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, who will give a presentation on “The importance of the human right to communication.”


Mr Alastair McEwin is Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner and brings to the position extensive personal and professional experience of disability. Previous roles include Executive Director of Community Legal Centres NSW, the peak body for Community Legal Centres in NSW CEO of People with Disability Australia and Manager of the Australian Centre for Disability Law. Alastair also spent 5 years as the President of the Deaf Society of NSW. From late 2015 to mid 2016, he was also the Chairperson of the Disability Council NSW - the official advisory board to the NSW Government on disability issues. He was also an adjunct lecturer for the Masters of Community Management degree at the University of Technology Sydney.

Professor Sharynne McLeod, of Charles Sturt University NSW Australia will give an invited presentation on “Communication rights: Fundamental human rights for all.”

Professor McLeod was the Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology titled Communication is a human right: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’. She is Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition at Charles Sturt University, an elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia, and the Vice President of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association. She was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2009-2013) and has published 10 books, and over 180 book chapters and journal articles about speech, language and communication.

Gail Mulcair, Chief Executive Officer of Speech Pathology Australia, will present a paper on The International Communication Project: Raising global awareness of communication as a human right

Gail Mulcair is Chief Executive Officer of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Gail has represented SPA as a founding member of the International Communication Project (ICP) and remains a member of the ICP Strategic Advisory Committee. The International Communication Project promotes communication as a basic human right and works to increase the understanding of communication disability amongst world health bodies and policy makers.

Dr Cate Madill, Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney, will present a paper on her team’s work on “The Stakeholder Model of voice research: Acknowledging barriers to human rights of all stakeholders in a communicative exchange.”

Dr Cate Madill is an Australian trained Speech Pathologist with previous experience as an actor/singer. She has worked in the area of voice assessment and treatment for the last 17 years in private practice, public health and University research and teaching.

She is Senior Lecturer and has recently been appointed as co-director of the newly established Dr Liang Voice Program at University of Sydney. She runs a large, multi-site private practice in NSW and SA, and conducts regular multidisciplinary voice clinics in Sydney. She is regularly invited to speak at international conferences as has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in voice and voice disorders.

Dr Jane McCormack, Senior Lecturer at Australian Catholic University, Sydney, will present a paper on her team’s work on “The human right to communicate and our need to listen: Learning from people with a history of childhood communication disorder.”

Dr Jane McCormack is a senior lecturer in the speech pathology program at Australian Catholic University and an adjunct associate professor in the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University. She was a chief investigator on a recent ARC project exploring computer-based support for children with communication difficulty, is a past winner of the SCOPUS Young Australian Researcher of the Year for Humanities and the Social Sciences (2011) and a runner-up in the Pursuit Award for international research into childhood disability (2013, Canada). Jane has published close to 50 journal articles and book chapters relating to children’s communication development, the experiences of those with communication difficulties and their access to services. Her research has a strong focus on hearing the voices of children and their families, which she has attempted to do via interviews, drawings, and in this paper, analyzing their submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry in 2013.

Dr Megan Williams, Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Health at the Graduate School of Health, UTS.

Dr Megan Williams will provide a reflection on conceptualisations of disabilities among Australia’s First Peoples, as well as an overview of key available data, and gaps in the evidence base. Discussing interactions of disability with social determinants of health, Megan will also outline suggested priorities for attention in workforce development, tertiary education and research. Megan will provide a respectful introduction to the First Peoples Disability Network and their Living Our Ways research, as well as links to Critical Success Factors and the Ngaa-bi-nya Aboriginal program evaluation tool which is useful in partnership and program planning. Megan has over 20 years’ experience combining health service delivery and research, particularly focusing on Aboriginal peoples’ leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the criminal justice system and post-prison release. Megan is a Wiradjuri descendent, and also has Anglo-Celtic heritage.

Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, Head of Speech Pathology at the University of Technology Sydney, on her team’s work on Using Twitter to access the human right of communication for people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)”.

Professor Bronwyn Hemsley is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia, and the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and is the foundation Head of Discipline for Speech Pathology at the Graduate School of Health. Her research and clinical interests are with people who have communication disability and swallowing difficulties associated with lifelong conditions, and their use of augmentative and alternative communication, social media technologies, and other digital health innovations to improve their participation and inclusion in health decisions.

Cost – Free

Starts: 9am registration for 9.30am start (ends 1pm). Morning tea is included.

RSVP by this Eventbrite Link

UTS contact: Ms Harmony Turnbull, Associate Lecturer, Speech Pathology @ UTS Harmony.Turnbull@uts.edu.au

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