World-leading researchers in stuttering join UTS
The world-renowned Australian Stutter Research Centre (ASRC), which works to improve the lives of people who stutter and their families, has joined UTS Graduate School of Health.
More than 70 million people around the globe stutter, causing psychological problems and acting as a barrier to them reaching their full potential.
UTS’s Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Sullivan, says the arrival of the Centre marks another milestone in the Health Strategy, a whole-of-university approach that aims to improve the delivery and management of healthcare in Australia and globally.
“Bringing the ASRC’s research together with UTS’s diverse health expertise is an exciting opportunity to have a really meaningful impact on the health and quality of life for individuals who have this communication disorder.”
The Centre’s move to UTS follows the launch of the Graduate School of Health’s Speech Pathology discipline earlier this year, and comes ahead of the arrival of the first cohort of Master of Speech Pathology students in 2019.
The Australia Stuttering Research Centre’s Director and founder, Professor Mark Onslow, says: “We’re delighted to be moving to the young and vibrant UTS. The themes of the University’s Health Strategy align with our goals, and the Graduate School of Health is a perfect place for the Centre and its eClinic to make an impact on global healthcare.”
The Graduate School of Health is a perfect place for the Centre and its eClinic to make an impact on global healthcare.
Professor Mark Onslow
The Centre, established in 1996 and formerly at The University of Sydney, is regarded as the leader in stuttering research globally. Its most senior staff members rank as the four most published scientists in the field over the past five years. ASRC has received around $14 million in funding since its inception.
The Director of the Graduate School of Health, Professor Charlie Benrimoj, says ASRC’s arrival marks the beginning of the next chapter for GSH. The School has grown to seven health disciplines since 2011 and is now focusing on further developing its research profile.
“We are developing a first-class research portfolio that will feed into our curriculum as we train future speech pathologists,” Professor Benrimoj says. “High-quality research in itself is not the end game. It’s the application of this research into treatment and knowledge that will improve lives.”
The Centre has great aspirations over the next few years, not only for further understanding how the disorder starts in childhood but also in improving available healthcare services. “We hope to make further progress with online therapies for stuttering – a tool that can be used by anyone, anywhere, who has access to the internet,” Professor Onslow says.