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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Dr Cori Williams

Senior Advisor Evidence Based Practice and Research

Dr Cori Williams

Cori provides support related to research and evidence based practice to the Association and its members. She creates monthly evidence alerts which are disseminated via email, Facebook and Twitter, and worked with the Senior Advisor Professional Development and Certification to develop the Evidence Based Practice independent study resource available free to members to access online on the SPA website.

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Dr Julia Starling

Speech Pathologist
The University of Sydney, NSW

Dr Julia Starling

Dr Julia Starling is a speech-language pathologist with extensive clinical and research experience with populations of young people with language and literacy disorders. Her professional life has spanned many decades, countries and cultures. Julia has worked with community health multidisciplinary teams, with remote outreach organisations, with mental health services and as a university clinical educator, lecturer and researcher.

Julia has a particular interest in the nature, impact and support of language and literacy difficulty in older children and adolescents; her recent postgraduate research evaluated a professionally collaborative intervention for supporting secondary school students with Developmental Language Disorder. These interests have led to many national and international presentations and publications, and the further implementation of the evidence-based program in schools across Australia and the UK.

Julia maintains her private caseload of school-aged children and adolescents, regularly lectures and presents seminars and workshops, and continues an active involvement in research projects. She was the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia National Tour speaker. Additionally Julia is president of the Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.

 

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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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Tricia McCabe

Professor
The University of Sydney

Tricia McCabe

Dr Tricia McCabe CPSP is Head of Discipline and Professor of Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. Tricia has published more than 75 peer reviewed journal articles, supervised more than 20 research students, and has had $3.6 million in research grants.

 

Tricia's research, teaching and clinical practice are all focussed on improving treatments for moderate-severe speech impairments in children and adults. In particular, she wants to improve treatments for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and this has resulted in the two Randomised Control Trials comparing different interventions in this population.

With a team of colleagues, she has developed the Rapid Syllable Transition Training intervention (ReST), a novel intervention which uses drill practice of non-words to improve the motor planning skills. This treatment has been shown to be effective in both face to face and telehealth service delivery. In 2017, a free internet based training program for clinicians in ReST was funded by The Ian Potter Foundation and this training will provide many more children with access to this innovative treatment

 

Tricia is also interested in the application of EBP in speech pathology, service delivery innovations and professional voice user training. Tricia maintains a small private practice in Sydney providing second opinion assessments and treatment to children and adults with speech disorders. Tricia tweets as @tricmc on speech pathology topics and baking.

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