Presenter Profiles


Catherine Olsson

National Advisor, Disability
Speech Pathology Australia

Catherine Olsson

Catherine (Cathy) Olsson has provided speech pathology supports to people with disabilities, their families and supports since graduating, including 28 years as Professional Lead with Novita Children’s Services, and 4 years as Clinical Lead for Speech Pathology with Disability Services, the South Australian Government therapy service provider. Cathy is passionate about the speech pathology profession, and has a range of interests including exploration of the concept of participation for people with Complex Communication Needs, and Clinical Governance and allied health service provision. Since early in 2014, Cathy has been focused on understanding the NDIS and the implications of the scheme for the delivery of speech pathology supports and outcomes for people with communication and oral eating and drinking difficulties and disabilities. It is possible that she knows as much (or more) about the NDIS, than anyone else on the planet.

In this PD event, SPA's National Advisor Disability, Cathy Olsson, will provide information about the new NDIS National Quality and Safeguarding Framework that been designed to ensure high quality supports and safe environments for NDIS participants.

Cathy will discuss the transition period for this national scheme and implications for speech pathologists working with NDIS participants in private practice.

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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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Helen L. Blake

University of Technology

Helen L. Blake

Helen L Blake is an associate lecturer in speech pathology at University of Technology, Sydney. A certified practicing speech pathologist, she is a member of the working party that developed Speech Pathology Australia’s national position paper and clinical guidelines "working in a culturally and linguistically diverse society" and a member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech.


Helen is finalising her PhD at Charles Sturt University supported by an Australian Post-Graduate Award Scholarship where she is researching English proficiency, intelligibility, and participation of multilingual speakers in Australia. Helen has previously lead the Speech Intelligibility Clinic, University of Newcastle. Helen’s work in Intelligibility Enhancement in multilingual speakers is informed by her previous role as a standardisation officer in Air Traffic Control.
 

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Jenny Baker

Fremantle Speech Pathology Services

Jenny Baker

Jenny Baker is a Speech Pathologist with extensive experience in the assessment and intervention of written language - from early narrative constructions right through to analytical text-based essays, as well as everything else in between! Jenny has presented this workshop on numerous occasions to speech pathologists, teachers, tutors and parents both at DSF (Perth) and at The Language, Literacy & Learning Conference in 2017. Jenny has such a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge regarding written language; she is also committed to employing highly explicit teaching strategies, ensuring that workshop participants always have their learning goals met.

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Leisa Turkington

PhD candidate
The University of Queensland & The Royal Brisbane and Women?s Hospital

Leisa  Turkington

Leisa is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland and is supervised by Professor Liz Ward and Dr Anna Farrell. Leisa has worked at a number of quaternary centres in the U.K and Australia since graduating in 1992 from The University of Sydney.  Leisa has a special interest in compensation strategies used in neurogenic dysphagia including the use of SES in VFSS. The focus of her thesis examines the efficacy of a specific SES (Carbonation) when used during VFSS. This workshop will provide an overview of the research activity which forms the content of her thesis.

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Natalie Munro

Associate Professor

Natalie Munro

Associate Professor Natalie Munro is a certified practising speech language pathologist whose research, teaching and clinical interests span across child and adolescent language development and disorders. Dr Munro's research interests include: 1) investigating individual differences in children's speech, language and social skills development among learners who have developmental language disorder (DLD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); 2) intervention research and evidence-based practice to support children and adolescents with additional needs, their families, their educators and their communities. Natalie is a founding committee member of speechBITE and serves as an Associate Editor for IJLCD and an Editorial Board Member for LSHSS. Natalie is passionate about paediatric language

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Rachel Tosh

Therapy Alliance Group

Rachel Tosh

Rachel is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with a wide variety of clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient care in both Australia and the UK which enables her to translate theory into real life application across diverse clinical contexts. Rachel is passionate about: business; team leadership; literacy and feeding difficulties; educating and empowering others; and optimising therapy outcomes. Although these interests may seem diverse, the recurring theme through them all is a love for facilitating growth and development in others, so they can achieve their own unique potential. In addition to running her own large, multi-disciplinary, multi-site private practice she provides business coaching and consulting services to other private practice owners. Rachel helps private practice health professionals build successful, profitable, ethical and sustainable businesses that are also deeply fulfilling.

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