Communication sciences and disorders

Speech and communication are fundamental to everyday life. We build our social networks by communicating with others.

One in seven Australians cannot communicate effectively. Whether temporary or permanent, communication problems can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.

We are pioneering new models of intervention and support. The Brain Injury and Communication Disorders Research Group is exploring new frontiers, including eHealth technologies, to make treatment available to everyone regardless of where they live.

Research highlights

  • Three Health Sciences academics have received prestigious awards at the annual Speech Pathology Australia National Conference held on 30 May. Find out more.
  • Professor Leanne Togher has secured a third consecutive NHMRC Senior research Fellowship to continue her work on improving the participation outcomes and communication skills of people who have had a traumatic brain injury. Find out more.

Meet our researchers

Professor Leanne Togher

Professor Leanne Togher

Research leader

"Brain injury, caused mainly by road accidents, is the leading cause of disability and death in young people in Australia. More than 70 percent of severe brain injury survivors will go on to have long-term communication problems.

"Better outcomes occur when communication partners are involved in training on positive communication strategies, rather than the usual practice of training brain injury patients alone," says Professor Togher.

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