Keynote & Invited Speakers
The 2012 Conference Committee is pleased to announce Dr Deborah Hersh and Professor Sheena Reilly have accepted the invitation to present a keynote address and workshop at the Beyond Boundaries Auckland Conference.
Dr Deborah Hersh qualified as a speech pathologist in 1989 from Manchester University in the UK and then worked in London for three years with adult and paediatric caseloads across a range of clinical settings. In 1993, after completing her MSc in Human Communication at UCL, she moved to Adelaide and continued her clinical work in adult acute, outpatients, rehabilitation and community settings. In 1995, Deborah started the Talkback Group Programme for Aphasia and established the Talkback Association for Aphasia in 1999. Between 1999 and 2002, Deborah studied at Flinders University for her PhD research exploring experiences of treatment termination in chronic aphasia.
During this time, she also worked as a Clinical Tutor at the Speech Pathology Department at Flinders University and as a Tutor in Clinical Ethics for medical students in the Department of Public Health at Adelaide University. Between 2006 and 2008, Deborah was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the University of Queensland on an NHMRC-funded project grant looking at person-centred goal setting in aphasia rehabilitation. In 2009, she worked as a senior research fellow for the Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University, on the Smoking and Resilience study.
Deborah has been actively involved in Speech Pathology Australia at national levels, serving on their Ethics Board, Fellowship Committee, ACQ Editorial Board and two national conference organising committees. She has also served on the committee of the Australian Aphasia Association and acted as their representative on the Australia and New Zealand Expert Working Group for the revision of the National Stroke Foundation "Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2010". Deborah was awarded Fellowship of Speech Pathology Australia in 2003, life membership of the Talkback Association for Aphasia in 2009, and holds a position as Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Flinders University. She is an affiliate of the NHMRC-funded CCRE- Aphasia Rehabilitation. In 2010, Deborah moved to Perth and took up a senior lectureship at Edith Cowan University where she currently teaches units covering the ICF and how disability impacts on people's lives, and treatment principles in speech pathology practice. Deborah has presented and published in the areas of discharge practice, professional-client relationships, clinical ethics, group work for chronic aphasia and goal setting in aphasia rehabilitation.
The abstracts for Deborah’s keynote and workshop presentations will be available soon but if you click this link http://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/psychology-and-social-science/about/staff/profiles/senior-lecturers/dr-deborah-hersh you can read more about Dr Hersh.
Professor Sheena Reilly is Associate Director of Clinical and Public Health at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Professor-Director of Speech Pathology (The Royal Children’s Hospital) and Professor of Paediatric Speech Pathology (University of Melbourne).
Sheena’s research program focuses on speech and language difficulties in children. Sheena has attracted competitive research funds from the NHMRC, ARC as well as international sources such as the NIH (over $10 million). Sheena holds a National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) practitioner fellowship. She has more than 125 publications (including an edited book and 94 peer reviewed journal papers).
Sheena is a visiting Professor at University College London (Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health) and is on the Editorial Board of five well-respected journals. She is also a well-respected invited speaker both nationally and internationally. In 2009 Sheena was made a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and in 2010 a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia.
The abstracts for Sheena’s keynote and workshop presentations will be available soon but if you click this link www.mcri.edu.au you can read more about Professor Reilly.