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'Start the Conversation': Faculty celebrates Speech Pathology Week


23 September 2013

L to R:  Professor Leanne Togher, Dr Julia Starling, Associate Professor Steve Cumming (Head of Discipline), Professor Michelle Lincoln (Deputy Dean)
L to R: Professor Leanne Togher, Dr Julia Starling, Associate Professor Steve Cumming (Head of Discipline), Professor Michelle Lincoln (Deputy Dean)


The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney recently celebrated Speech Pathology Week by hosting the presentation, "Advances in speech pathology: Conversations and collaborations".


Presenters at this event included Professor Leanne Togher, a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Dr Julia Starling, a Speech Language Pathologist based in Sydney.


Professor Togher spoke on her work in the field of communication disorders after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the creation of TBI Express, a training program for people with TBI and those they communicate with. Professor Togher also presented recent findings from a clinical trial, including an overview of a new TBI assessment tool, which provides ratings of the conversational discourse of people with brain injury.


In addressing this year's Speech Pathology Week theme 'Start the Conversation', Doctor Starling spoke on the need for professionals to communicate and work together to support young people with language impairment. Doctor Starling has a private practice in Sydney where the majority of her cases are school-aged children and adolescents with language-based learning difficulties. At the presentation, Doctor Starling also presented the findings of her postgraduate study.