Speech Pathology academics honoured at national awards

31 May 2017

Three Health Sciences academics have received prestigious awards at the annual Speech Pathology Australia National Conference held on 30 May.

Dr Elise Baker and Dr Belinda Kenny made fellows of Speech Pathology Australia

Dr Elise Baker and Dr Belinda Kenny have received the Speech Pathology Australia fellowship. This is the highest public professional honour that the Association awards to members who demonstrate outstanding and significant and sustained contribution to the speech pathology profession.

Dr Baker's fellowship reflects over 20 years' experience teaching at university level in which she has consistently contributed to the profession of speech pathology and the care of people with communication disorders.

She has provided high-quality submissions to parliament, numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. She has been the lead investigator on five competitive research grants number of successful grant applications.

Dr Baker is an expert in early phonological development and management of children with speech sound disorders.

Dr Belinda Kenny's fellowship was awarded for her commitment to professional and ethical practice. She is a lecturer and researcher in professional ethics, clinical education and neurogenic communication and swallowing issues.

She has developed a number of training packages for Speech Pathology Australia around ethics education and has been elected as a member of the Ethics Board three times.

Dr Kenny is committed to developing the speech pathology profession through her teaching and has spent a decade supervising Honours and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students on the subject of ethical practice.

Health Sciences currently has four other fellows on staff including Leanne Togher, Michelle Lincoln, Sue McAllister and Mark Onslow, more than any other university. The discipline also has a Speech Pathology Australia lifetime member in Lindy McAllister.

Professor Tricia McCabe delivers memorial lecture

Professor Tricia McCabe has been awarded the Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture, which she delivered at the Sydney International Convention Centre at the annual Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. The invitation to deliver the Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture is one of the highest honours given to speech pathology researchers in Australia.

The highly prestigious lecture is Speech Pathology Australia's only annual lecture and Professor McCabe spoke on the topic "How do we change practice?"

Professor McCabe is Head of Discipline and Associate Professor in Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has published more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles, supervised more than 20 research students, and has had $3.6 million in research grants.

Professor McCabe has spent much of the past 10 years working to improve treatments for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She has recently developed a self-directed learning package for speech pathologists to learn how to deliver ReST (Rapid Syllable Transition Training) treatment to children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Information for parents and the general community.

"It's wonderful that three of our respected academics from the discipline of speech pathology have been recognised in this way. I wish to congratulate Dr Baker, Dr Kenny and Professor McCabe on their well-deserved achievements" said Health Sciences Deputy Dean Michelle Lincoln.