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Conference Overview


The Language and Communication Conference invites Speech Pathologists to learn about the latest evidence-based research and clinical assessments that improve language learning outcomes for children and students with language or communication disorders.

Peer reviewed clinical research tells us that:

  • Language disorders don’t disappear when a child goes to school
  • Language disorders affect social participation
  • Language disorders are associated with heightened risks of social anxiety
  • Language disorders affect academic and work outcomes

Browlie, E.B., Bao, L., & Beitchman, J. (2016) Childhood Language Disorder and Social Anxiety in Early Adulthood. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 44, 1061-1070.

The ongoing support and professional learning is paramount to helping these children reach their potential.

The topics covered will explore research insights and will discuss pathways to improving language learning outcomes, ultimately enabling children and students to become well-adjusted and healthy community members.


Early Bird Special - register before 31 August and save $100

Language and Communication Conference 2017:

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Sydney (Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf)


Who should attend?

Pediatric Speech-language Pathologists, Schools Speech-language Pathologists.


Conference Speakers

Dr Wayne Secord

Dr Wayne A. Secord

Topic - Pathways to Clinical Leadership Excellence

Dr Secord's 38 years of teaching, research, and service represent a lifetime of professional leadership and clinical excellence. He is a co-author of CELF-5 - Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals. His clinical publications and other innovations have helped millions of children with disabilities in communication, language, and literacy and empowered thousands of professionals in the field to succeed at levels many had not thought possible.

Dr Julia Starling

Dr Julia Starling

Topic - Language, Literacy and the Changing Role of Speech Pathologists

Dr Julia Starling is a speech pathologist with extensive clinical and research experience working with populations of young people with language and literacy difficulties. Her particular interests encompass the nature and impact of language difficulty in children and adolescents, and the development and evaluation of models of service delivery.

Sharon Hurt

Dr Sharon Hurt

Topic - Lessons from the field: Working with hearing impaired children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Dr Sharon Hurt has a special interest in working with families comprising a child with significant hearing impairment who are from non-English speaking backgrounds, and socio-economically disadvantaged communities. She commenced a research project on services for these children and their parents, and was awarded her PhD in 2005 on the evaluation of a parent-child intervention program.

Mary Woodward

Mary Woodward

Topic - Mad, Bad, or Misunderstood?

Mary is a UK trained Speech Pathologist and has extensive experience working in the forensic and psychiatric systems. She currently works as a Senior Speech Pathologist at the Concord Centre for Mental Health in Sydney and has set up a private practice, Speak Your Mind Services, providing Speech Pathology assessment, intervention and staff training within the justice and mental health systems. Mary is also Speech Pathology Australia's National Advisor, Justice and Mental Health.


Wednesday 18 October 2017 – Sydney
Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf
26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Venue Information 
The Language & Communication Conference will be hosted at the Doltone House in Jones Bay Wharf, a unique heritage venue situated on a restored finger wharf on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour's Pyrmont. Download the information sheet for directions on how to get to the venue and where to park. 


Doltone House