Presenter Profiles


Chyrisse Heine

Dr
Chyrisse Heine & Associates

Chyrisse Heine

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.

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Clare Burns

Speech Pathology & Audiology Department, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital

Clare Burns

Dr Clare Burns is an advanced speech pathologist at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital with expertise in dysphagia and cancer care. She has experience in working at quaternary and regional hospitals in Queensland and also in the UK. She conducts clinical research in adult speech pathology telepractice services. She is co-author of Speech Pathology Australia’s position statement on telepractice and has developed and implemented a range of telepractice service models supporting the swallowing and communication management of patients with head and neck cancer and adult clinical swallow assessment services.

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Debbie Phyland

Voice Medicine Australia

Debbie  Phyland

Dr Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist having primarily worked for the past 30 years in acute hospital settings, private voice practice and Latrobe, Melbourne and James Cook Universities lecturing in voice, motor speech and dysphagia subjects. Debbie is also a singer-performer combining her love of performance with her speech pathology career, bringing voice medicine to the performing arts. In 2002, she was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to the USA and Europe to study laryngology. Debbie was a founding member and is now President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia and is also the Chair of the Voice Committee for the International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics.

She is a co-founder and partner of the multi-disciplinary clinic The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre and has a speech pathology private practice, Voice Medicine Australia, which comprises a team of seven speech pathologists. Debbie completed her PhD in 2014, is currently undertaking a 2 year post-doctoral Garnett-Passe Research Fellowship at Monash University and also works part-time as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the ENT, Head and Neck Department of Monash Health. Along with Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has been honoured with the prestigious Speech Pathology Australia Association’s Elinor Wray Award (2010) for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Profession’.

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Georgia Burn


Georgia Burn

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.

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Katie Lyon


Katie Lyon

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.

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Meredith Prain

Professional Support Advisor
Speech Pathology Australia

Meredith Prain

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.

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