Speech Pathology at the Graduate School of Health covers research in the broad areas of communication, digital health, mealtimes, and communication technology.
The discipline values its interprofessional approach collaborating with the School’s six other health disciplines and is home to researchers and academics across all stages of their academic, research and teaching careers.
The Australian Stuttering Research Centre
UTS Speech Pathology is home to The Australian Stuttering Research Centre, which was established in 1996 by Professor Mark Onslow at The University of Sydney. The Centre’s mission is to conduct research into the nature of stuttering, develop and trial new stuttering treatments for adults and children, train future researchers in the field and help support those who stutter and their families.
Communication Disability, Safety, and Digital Health Research Group
Another major research group is the Communication Disability, Safety, and Digital Health Research Group - a collegial network of several researchers with interprofessional links both within and outside UTS.
The group’s research is funded primarily by the National Health and Medical Research Council, led by the Head of Discipline, Professor Bronwyn Hemsley. Currently the team is investigating Australia’s ‘My Health Record’ for people with communication disability, and the safety of people with communication disability in hospital. The team includes Dr Joanne Steel, Postdoctoral Researcher; Melissa Brunner, PhD Candidate and Research Associate; and Dr Lucy Bryant, Research Associate.
Professor Hemsley also runs a program of research on the use of social media by people with communication disability and has been involved in research on the use of 3D printed foods for people with swallowing disorders. The team’s research is summarised on the SafetyCATCH blog.