When it comes to speech pathology research in Australia, Charles Sturt University’s team is leading the way!
Research magazine, published by The Australian, highlights Australia’s top researchers and research institutions. In 2018 Charles Sturt received the accolade of Australia’s Research Field Leaders in both the individual Field Leader and Leading Institution categories.
It was perfect timing to celebrate our rich history in training speech pathologists. That’s because 2018 marked 20 years since the university started offering a speech pathology program.
Speech pathology research that makes a difference
Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition Sharynne McLeod won the individual honour in the Research survey. The expertise of the research team at Charles Sturt meant that the university was also named the leading institution for research in the speech pathology discipline.
Professor McLeod expressed her pride in her colleagues.
“Our dedicated researchers support children and adults with speech, language and communication needs. They also encourage multilingualism in Australia. Our research facilitates everyone’s right to communicate. Plus, it aligns with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“For every piece of research we do we ask: ‘Will this make a difference to the lives of children and families across the world?’”
Collaborating to find answers
Team member Dr Suzanne Hopf, lecturer in speech pathology, said being named as the leading research institution is recognition of the passion and commitment of this team to improving the lives of people with communication difficulties in communities around the world.
“I am incredibly proud to be a part of the speech pathology team at Charles Sturt. Sharynne’s vision of an international network of multidisciplinary researchers and clinicians willing to work together for a common purpose has changed the world in which we work.
“Our research team epitomises the benefits of collaboration. As a result, we happily rejoice in each other’s successes, large and small. But every great team needs a great leader and we are blessed to have Sharynne. She also has an incredible ability to ‘sell’ our stories and research far and wide. Plus, it has connected us and elevated us all to research excellence.”
Advancing speech pathology research in Australia
Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann congratulated Professor McLeod and her team.
“This is wonderful recognition of the way in which Charles Sturt University research contributes to the public good in our regional communities and around the world. I also commend Professor McLeod and her team for their work to manifest the university’s ethos of Yindyamarra Winhanganha – ‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’.”
Make a contribution with research
The Research report also named Charles Sturt University as Leading Institution in:
- Humanities, Arts and Literature
- Life Sciences and Earth Sciences.
These awards are a testament to our commitment to undertaking research that aims to generate meaningful outcomes for industry, government, businesses and communities – from agriculture and viticulture to healthcare and the natural world.
So if you want to undertake research, this is the place to be. Whether in our speech pathology postgraduate degree or in one of any number of advanced qualifications we offer, research at Charles Sturt is your path to making a difference. Locally, nationally or internationally.
Contact us to find out more.
And if you want to hear two of our speech pathology research alumni talking about their work in the field, check out our Alumni Stories podcast.