Chyrisse Heine & Associates
Dr Chyrisse Heine is a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist. She has been practicing for over 30 years and has a PhD qualification in Public Health. Chyrisse has worked in a variety of clinical, research and teaching facilities as both a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist. She is a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, School of Allied Health, a Lecturer at Southern Cross University, School of Speech Pathology, a past Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, School of Primary Health Care, the Director of a Private Practice and the Senior Advisor, Speech Therapy for CABDICO, Cambodia. Chyrisse is also a director of Speech Pathology Australia. She is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia and has received the Audiology Australia Certificate of Outstanding Service.
Chyrisse has published three activity books, numerous articles in national and international journals and presented posters, papers and workshops at local and international conferences. Her particular interests are in the area of Central Auditory Processing Disorder, healthy ageing and dual sensory loss, audiology and aural rehabilitation, school readiness and the early identification and management of children who are at risk of developing language, learning and literacy difficulties.
Georgia Burn is a speech pathologist whose career has centered around working with school-aged children and adolescents who have physical disabilities and complex communication needs. Georgia is passionate about utilising alternative access methods and inclusive technologies to enable independent communication using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies. Georgia works within the communication access team at Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre (CIRC), where she works with businesses and services to become accredited with the Communication Access Symbol.
Katie Lyon is a qualified speech pathologist and Manager of Communication Services at Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre. Katie has worked with children and adults with complex communication needs since 2002 in various roles including coordinator of the Non-Electronic Communication Aid Scheme (NECAS), and as an Assistive Technology Consultant for Spectronics. Katie is passionate about building the capacity of others to enhance communication access for all through practical workshops and resource development.
Meredith PrainProfessional Support Advisor
Speech Pathology Australia
Dr Meredith Prain has practiced as a speech pathologist for over 20 years predominantly in the disability sector. She has volunteered as Branch Mentoring Leader for SPA Victorian Branch, worked on the MentorLink – Allied Health project and been employed by Speech Pathology Australia as both National Mentoring Coordinator, and currently as Professional Support Advisor. Having received limited professional support early in her career, Meredith is passionate about supporting early career speech pathologists to receive appropriate and adequate professional support as well as strong and broad professional networks.