Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
School of Humanities and Social Science (Speech Pathology)
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Life Changing Research for People With Communication Disabilities
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, from the School of Humanities and Social Science, views the rapid growth of digital connectivity as a new opportunity for people with communication disabilities. Through three major research projects, Hemsley explores how social media, eHealth records, and health informatics solutions can help people to participate in their own healthcare, and in an online society.
Hemsley is currently leading a joint research project investigating Twitter as a way of communicating to help people who have experienced stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, motor neurone disease, or a brain injury to get their message across. Hemsley explains that the team's initial findings indicate Twitter can help people with communication disabilities share information and feel more included.
"We are seeing that Twitter can not only provide a 'voice' for people with communication disabilities, but also an 'audience' - and this helps them to feel empowered and in control of their own lives. Twitter is emerging as an important forum for people with communication disabilities to exchange information and develop active social networks."
Hemsley explains that many people with communication disabilities who use assistive technologies already know how to make their communication short and succinct therefore making the platform both appealing and comfortable to use.
"Often, people with little or no functional speech find that listeners try to finish their sentences for them or speak on their behalf. They're used to crafting short messages carefully. People who struggle to speak might have had lifelong practice in making every word count. In many ways, Twitter might level the playing field, liberating users from stereotypes and enabling self-advocacy."
The research team will soon embark on the second phase of the project, investigating the benefits of online Twitter training, how networks develop, and how people with communication disabilities experience Twitter over a six month period.
In another three-year research project, Hemsley leads a team of investigators across Australia exploring how patients with severe speech disabilities experience patient safety incidents in hospital and factors impacting on their safety.
"Patients with communication disabilities often have high medical and functional support needs and enter hospital more frequently than people without a disability. Their communication disabilities expose them to a significantly increased risk of safety incidents in hospital."
Hemsley's team are currently interview patients to understand how incidents occur, the impact of the incidents, and ways that the incidents are reported and documented, so as to discover what will help people with communication disability to be safe in hospital. Using this research, Hemsley and her team will create a simple communication tool that can be used by hospital staff and carers when they first meet a patient with communication disabilities.
"This project will result in the development of a framework to guide policy and practice on ways to prevent and respond to safety incidents for patients with little or no functional speech, and a mobile technology application that helps to guide hospital staff and prepare patients. Mobile technologies could be useful for staff to check off relevant facts like 'does this person have a way to say yes or no', 'can they ask for the toilet', 'do they have a communication aid' along with their risks for particular events."
Hemsley's team are also looking at ways hospital staff document a patient's communication method and how information captured on medical record forms might be streamlined to capture 'communication' elements more effectively.
With colleagues on another research project, Hemsley is also investigating the uptake and use of personally controlled electronic health records, with the outlook to help improve the sharing of health information for young people with communication disabilities as they navigate the transition from child to adult health services.
"We're exploring a relatively new e-health technology now available to all Australians - the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) – it's also known as 'My Health Record'. Young adults with chronic disabling health conditions often struggle to communicate key aspects of their personal health information to their many health service providers. This results in poor care, including medication errors, poor discharge planning, and problems meeting the person's unique support needs."
The Australian PCEHR or My Health Record is designed to improve communication of health information from the patient to any of the health providers that they permit to view the record.
"This research will closely examine the views, needs, and experiences of young adults with chronic disabling health conditions and communication disabilities – and their families - on their preferences regarding how they keep and use personal health information, and any barriers to or strategies for enabling access to their e Health record."
Along with her team, Bronwyn will interview young adults aged 16-21 years who have communication disabilities, and observe how they engage with their paper-based health records and the PCEHR system. The resulting evidence will inform the effective design and development of the PCEHR in Australia, and ensure that young adults with disabilities can benefit by improved information exchange at the point of care when moving from child to adult health services.
"We now have ethical approval for people to express an interest in the research using an online survey, and to be interviewed online anywhere in Australia."
Young people with communication disabilities and their families can register an interest by going to the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eHealthRecords.
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley also invites expressions of interest from any person who wishes to engage with the Disability Research Network at the University of Newcastle.
Visit the Disability Research Network for contact details and more information.
Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley is a specialist speech pathologist with 25 years experience in working with people with communication disabilities in a clinical, research, teaching, and policy and development capacity. She takes an inclusive approach in involvement of consumers in teaching and research and consultation within all research projects and practice guideline development. Her research agenda aims to improve communicative access across settings for all people with difficulty communicating by speech, in a rights based approach as supported by the World Health Organisation. She holds a continuing position as senior lecturer at The University of Newcastle and NHMRC postdoctoral fellowship, an honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and member of the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty. Relative to her research opportunity she has a strong track record and has published 30 peer reviewed journal articles that are widely cited across nursing, health policy, and communication disciplines. She regularly consults to State and National Governments and the Speech Pathology Association of Australia on matters pertaining to disability, communication, and health interactions, policy, and training of staff. She Chairs the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Research committee and Governance Committee. She is an Editor on the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group and has associate editor responsibilities in the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Bronwyn has developed strong collaborative links with eminent national and international researchers in her field and across disciplines in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Asia Pacific with active projects relating to communication and health interactions. She regularly appears on the international stage and is regularly invited to speak on her research and clinical implications. Bronwyn is an Academic Co-Leader of the eHealth Global Research and Innovation Cluster at the University of Newcastle and is leading innovations in research across the School and Faculty. Bronwyn's research to date has focused upon the day to day life and health impacts of having little or no speech along with a complex health profile or multiple disabilities affecting a range of functions. The findings of her research encompass a detailed understanding of family carers, paid carers, hospital staff, adults with communication disabilities, and the tools for communication that might assist them to communicate successfully.
- PhD (Communication Sciences & Disorders), University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Complex communication needs
- Developmental Disability
- Dysphagia and Mealtime Management
- Healthcare Communication
- Inclusive Research
- Qualitative Research
- Speech Pathology
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Associate Professor||University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/02/2011 - 1/03/2013||
NHMRC - Research Fellowships Scheme
|University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Graded Honours in Speech Pathology
The University of Newcastle
|Graded Honours Convenor||1/01/2014 - 31/12/2016|
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Chapter (6 outputs)
|2015||Powrie B, Hemsley B, 'Goal identification when communication is a challenge', Goal Setting and Motivation in Therapy: Engaging Childern and Parents, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London 131-142 (2015) [B1]|
|2011||Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Supporting caregivers of adults with developmental disability.', Encyclopaedia of Family Care, SAGE (2011)|
|2010||Hemsley B, Goldbart J, Waller A, Launonen K, 'Across the lifespan: Parents and families of people who use AAC: A new research agenda.', Research Symposium of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Biennial Conference, ISAAC (International Society for Augmenative and Alternative Communication), Toronto, Canada 4-56 (2010)|
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Journal article (50 outputs)
|2017||Hemsley BA, Balandin S, Palmer S, Dann S, 'A Call for Innovative Social Media Research in the Field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication', Augmentative and Alternative Communication, (2017)|
Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Hill S, Rollo M, Steel J, Balandin S, 'An Integrative Review of Patient Safety in Studies on the Care and Safety of Patients with Communication Disabilities in Hospital. Patient Education and Counseling.', Patient Education and Counseling, 99 501-511 (2016) [C1]
Sharpe B, Hemsley B, 'Improving nurse-patient communication with patients with communication impairments: Hospital nurses' views on the feasibility of using mobile communication technologies', Applied Nursing Research, 30 228-236 (2016) [C1]
Â© 2015 Elsevier Inc.Background: Nurses communicating with patients who are unable to speak often lack access to tools and technologies to support communication. Although mobile c... [more]
Â© 2015 Elsevier Inc.Background: Nurses communicating with patients who are unable to speak often lack access to tools and technologies to support communication. Although mobile communication technologies are ubiquitous, it is not known whether their use to support communication is feasible on a busy hospital ward. Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the views of hospital nurses on the feasibility of using mobile communication technologies to support nurse-patient communication with individuals who have communication impairments. Method: This study involved an online survey followed by a focus group, with findings analyzed across the two data sources. Findings: Nurses expected that mobile communication devices could benefit patient care but lacked access to these devices, encountered policies against use, and held concerns over privacy and confidentiality. Conclusion: The use of mobile communication technologies with patients who have communication difficulties is feasible and may lead to improvements in communication and care, provided environmental barriers are removed and facilitators enhanced.
Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, van Vliet P, Balandin S, 'Use of the My Health Record by people with communication disability in Australia: A review to inform the design and direction of future research', HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 45 107-115 (2016)
Hilton S, Sheppard JJ, Hemsley BA, 'Feasibility of implementing oral health guidelines in residential care settings: Views of nursing staff and residential care workers.', Applied Nursing Research, 30 194-203 (2016) [C1]
|2016||Hemsley B, Palmer S, 'Two Studies on Twitter Networks and Tweet Content in Relation to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Conversation, Information, and 'Diary of a Daily Life'.', Studies in health technology and informatics, 227 41-47 (2016) [C1]|
Hemsley B, 'Evidence does not support the use of Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) as an intervention for students with autism spectrum disorder and further primary research is not justified', Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 1-9 (2016)
Â© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis GroupThis review provides a summary and appraisal commentary on the treatment review by Deacy, E., Jennings, F., & OÂ¿Hallo... [more]
Â© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis GroupThis review provides a summary and appraisal commentary on the treatment review by Deacy, E., Jennings, F., & OÂ¿Halloran, A. (2016). Rapid Prompting Method (RPM): A suitable intervention for students with ASD? REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 29, 92Â¿100. Source of funding and declaration of interests: This review was supported in part by funding from the Australian Research Council [grant number DE140100443].
Hemsley B, Rollo M, Balandin S, Georgiou A, Hill S, 'Health literacy demands of personally-controlled electronic health record systems: A conceptual review to inform the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH, 60 680-680 (2016)
Hemsley B, Murray J, 'Distance and proximity: research on social media connections in the field of communication disability.', Disabil Rehabil, 37 1509-1510 (2015) [C3]
Brunner M, Hemsley B, Palmer S, Dann S, Togher L, 'Review of the literature on the use of social media by people with traumatic brain injury (TBI).', Disabil Rehabil, 37 1511-1521 (2015) [C1]
Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheppard JJ, Georgiou A, Hill S, 'A call for dysphagia-related safety incident research in people with developmental disabilities', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 40 99-103 (2015) [C1]
Hemsley B, Dann S, Palmer S, Allan M, Balandin S, '"We definitely need an audience": Experiences of Twitter, Twitter networks and tweet content in adults with severe communication disabilities who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)', Disability and Rehabilitation, 37 1531-1542 (2015) [C1]
Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, et al., 'The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) for Adults with Severe Communication Impairments: Findings of Pilot Research.', Studies in health technology and informatics, 214 100-106 (2015) [C1]
Hemsley B, Dann S, 'Social media and social marketing in relation to facilitated communication: Harnessing the affordances of social media for knowledge translation', Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 8 187-206 (2014) [C1]
Â© 2015 Taylor & Francis.Abstract: In this reply to Lilienfeld, Marshall, Todd, and Shane (2015) we provide a social marketing perspective on ways that facilitated communication (... [more]
Â© 2015 Taylor & Francis.Abstract: In this reply to Lilienfeld, Marshall, Todd, and Shane (2015) we provide a social marketing perspective on ways that facilitated communication (FC) is presented and discussed on social media platforms, in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The growth in uptake and use of FC in recent years has occurred in the context of rapid growth in mobile technologies and AAC integrated with social media and online learning. Social media have been used to disseminate both materials that are supportive of FC and materials that provide scientific evidence of facilitator influence over authorship in FC. In order to illustrate how social media are being used to spread information about FC, we present a limited scan of two social media sitesÂ¿TwitterÂ¿ and YouTubeÂ¿Â¿for information about FC. In this paper we discuss barriers to evidence and facilitators for FC in social media and consider the role that social marketing might play in relation to FC. Clinical implications for using social media to counter FC and directions for future research are discussed.
Hemsley B, Bowen C, 'A call for evidence to inform the use of Twitter in Speech Language Pathology', Journal of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Taiwan, 33 61-72 (2014) [C1]
Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'A metasynthesis of patient-provider communication in hospital for patients with severe communication disabilities: informing new translational research.', Augment Altern Commun, 30 329-343 (2014) [C1]
Schlosser RW, Balandin S, Hemsley B, Iacono T, Probst P, Von Tetzchner S, 'Facilitated communication and authorship: A systematic review', AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 30 359-368 (2014) [C2]
Â© 2014 International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.Facilitated Communication (FC) is a technique whereby individuals with disabilities and communication ... [more]
Â© 2014 International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.Facilitated Communication (FC) is a technique whereby individuals with disabilities and communication impairments allegedly select letters by typing on a keyboard while receiving physical support, emotional encouragement, and other communication supports from facilitators. The validity of FC stands or falls on the question of who is authoring the typed messages-the individual with a disability or the facilitator. The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) formed an Ad Hoc Committee on FC and charged this committee to synthesize the evidence base related to this question in order to develop a position statement. The purpose of this paper is to report this synthesis of the extant peer-reviewed literature on the question of authorship in FC. A multi-faceted search was conducted including electronic database searches, ancestry searches, and contacting selected authors. The authors considered synopses of systematic reviews, and systematic reviews, which were supplemented with individual studies not included in any prior reviews. Additionally, documents submitted by the membership were screened for inclusion. The evidence was classified into articles that provided (a) quantitative experimental data related to the authorship of messages, (b) quantitative descriptive data on the output generated through FC without testing of authorship, (c) qualitative descriptive data on the output generated via FC without testing of authorship, and (d) anecdotal reports in which writers shared their perspectives on FC. Only documents with quantitative experimental data were analyzed for authorship. Results indicated unequivocal evidence for facilitator control: messages generated through FC are authored by the facilitators rather than the individuals with disabilities. Hence, FC is a technique that has no validity.
|2014||Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Innovative communication rehabilitation in the year of the International Communication Project 2014 [Editorial]', Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17 73-74 (2014) [C3]|
Hemsley B, Palmer S, Balandin S, 'Tweet reach: A research protocol for using Twitter to increase information exchange in people with communication disabilities', Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17 84-89 (2014) [C1]
Hemsley B, Lee S, Munro K, Seedat N, Bastock K, Davidson B, 'Supporting communication for children with cerebral palsy in hospital: views of community and hospital staff.', Dev Neurorehabil, 17 156-166 (2014) [C1]
Donato C, Shane HC, Hemsley B, 'Exploring the feasibility of the visual language in autism program for children in an early intervention group setting: views of parents, educators, and health professionals.', Dev Neurorehabil, 17 115-124 (2014) [C1]
Hemsley B, Werninck M, Worrall L, '"That really shouldn't have happened": People with aphasia and their spouses narrate adverse events in hospital', APHASIOLOGY, 27 706-722 (2013) [C1]
Hemsley B, 'Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life', Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 38 274-275 (2013) [C3]
Hemsley B, Kuek M, Bastock K, Scarinci N, Davidson B, 'Parents and children with cerebral palsy discuss communication needs in hospital', Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 16 363-374 (2013) [C1]
|2012||McGee RG, Hemsley BA, Gill PJ, 'Access to journals through peer reviewers', CMAJ, 184 1283 (2012) [C3]|
|2012||Hemsley BA, 'Disability & discourse: Analysing inclusive conversation with people with intellectual disabilities [Book review]', Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 37 375 (2012) [C3]|
|2012||Hemsley BA, 'Adults with aphasia value their involvement in teaching nursing assistant students about aphasia and communication', Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 6 104-107 (2012) [C3]|
|2012||Hemsley BA, 'Ethical issues in augmentative and alternative communication', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 14 88-92 (2012) [C2]|
Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, ''I've got something to say': Interaction in a focus group of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs', AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION, 24 110-122 (2008) [C1]
Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Narrative analysis of the hospital experience for older parents of people who cannot speak', JOURNAL OF AGING STUDIES, 21 239-254 (2007) [C1]
Balandin S, Hemsley B, Sigafoos J, Green V, 'Communicating with nurses: The experiences of 10 adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs', APPLIED NURSING RESEARCH, 20 56-62 (2007) [C1]
Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Older unpaid carers' experiences supporting adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital', JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, 19 115-124 (2007) [C1]
Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Without AAC: The stories of unpaid carers of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital', AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20 243-258 (2004) [C1]
Many adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs rely upon the support of their unpaid carers when they are in hospital. In this paper, the authors present some of ... [more]
Many adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs rely upon the support of their unpaid carers when they are in hospital. In this paper, the authors present some of the findings of a larger qualitative study of the experiences of unpaid carers of hospitalized adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs who did not have access to their usual augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Drawing upon the stories of unpaid carers, communication issues associated with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs and the absence of AAC are discussed. Such information can be used to assist AAC specialists, hospital staff, and hospital policy developers to improve care provided to not only people with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs, but also to other people who are unable to speak in hospital. Â© 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Disability, dysphagia, and complex communication needs: Making room for communication in ethical decisions about dysphagia', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 5 125-129 (2003) [C1]
Effective functional communication is important for successful management of dysphagia with individuals who have lifelong disability and complex communication needs (CCN).1CCN is ... [more]
Effective functional communication is important for successful management of dysphagia with individuals who have lifelong disability and complex communication needs (CCN).1CCN is a broad term used to describe functional outcome in communication according to skills and needs: "Some people have complex communication needs associated with a wide rangeof physical, sensory and environmental causes which restrict/limit their ability to participate independently in society. They and their communication partners may benefit from using Alternative or Augmentative Communication (AAC) methods either temporarily or permanently" (Balandin, 2002, p. 2). Many people with dysphagia have associated communication difficulties that may affect their ability to participate in their dysphagia management plan. Speech pathologists are well placed to ensure, wherever possible, that individuals with dysphagia not only have an appropriate dysphagia management plan but also have a functional communication system that will support their involvement in the planning and ongoing management process. In this article, the importance of a functional communication system for individuals with dysphagia is highlighted in relation to ethical decision making in dysphagia management. Â© 2003 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.
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Review (2 outputs)
|2012||Hemsley BA, Durvasula S, 'Nutritional disorders', Management Guidelines in Developmental Disability. Version 3 (2012) [D2]|
|2012||Hemsley BA, Durvasula S, 'Dysphagia', Management guidelines in developmental disability. Version 3 (2012) [D2]|
Conference (68 outputs)
Hemsley BA, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Hill S, Rollo M, Steel J, 'Improving the care and safety of adults with severe communication disability in hospital: Applying the generic model of patient safety', 4th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation jointly with CIPHER (2015) [E3]
Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheppard JJ, 'Dysphagia-related safety for adults with developmental disabilities: restrictions, risk and complacency', JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (2014) [E3]
|2014||Donato C, Shane H, Hemsley B, 'Barriers and facilitators to a visual language system for children with developmental disabilities in an early intervention setting.', International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Biennial Conference "Discover Communication" (2014) [E3]|
|2012||Hemsley BA, 'Observing communication in hospital for adults with I/DD and little or no speech: Communication needs, methods and supports to improve care', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (2012) [E3]|
|2012||Hemsley BA, Bastock B, Balandin S, Davidson B, Scarinci N, Worrall L, 'Communication during hospitalization: The path to better healthcare for children and adults with cerebral palsy', Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (2012) [E3]|
Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheard C, 'Older parent carers of adults with complex communication needs and their experiences in providing unpaid care in hospital', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH (2004) [E1]
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Software / Code (1 outputs)
Smith S, Hemsley B, 'Hospital Talk (iOS)', 1.1, Apple, iTunes App Store (2016)
Report (1 outputs)
Phelan L, Drew A, McBain V, Archer J, burns T, harris K, et al., 'Teaching and assessing oral communication skills online: Gauging interest and trialling diverse approaches across the University of Newcastle', University of Newcastle (2014)
Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)
|2008||Hemsley BA, The experiences and needs of family carers of adults with cerebral palsy and compilex communication needs in hospital., The University of Sydney (2008)|
Number of supervisions
Total current UON EFTSL
|Commenced||Level of Study||Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type|
Twitter Use by People with Communication Disabilities Post Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
PhD (Speech Pathology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
|Year||Level of Study||Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type|
Managing Dynamism in Projects: A Theory-Building Study of Approaches Used in Practice
Management & Commerce, University of Queensland
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August 12, 2016
Leading speech pathology researcher Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley has been internationally recognised for her 25-year contribution to the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
August 24, 2015
A group of Australian researchers who first met on Twitter, are now exploring how Twitter can help people who have experienced stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, motor neurone disease and traumatic brain injury to find a voice.
July 14, 2015
Free access to all articles in a special Issue of Disability and Rehabilitation entitled 'Social Media and Communication' is now available until 22 August 2015.
May 26, 2014
Head of speech pathology, Dr Sally Hewat was recently recognised for her significant contributions to the people of Vietnam in supporting the development of the speech pathology program and profession.
December 3, 2013
Five of the world's top international speech pathologists are discussing their latest research at the three-day 'Communicating Together' Symposium in Newcastle from 2-4 December.
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts