International accolade for speech pathology researcher

Friday, 12 August 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).

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley on iPhone

Acknowledging her leadership in the field of AAC, the highly prestigious Fellowship Award from the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), is one of the highest honours bestowed by the organisation and has only been awarded to 22 people in the past 14 years.

ISAAC is a membership organisation that aims to improve the lives of children and adults with complex communication needs.

Her contribution to the field of AAC has seen her research make a substantial difference in the health service provided to people living with communication difficulties who use AAC, both in Australia and internationally.

As the founding president of ISAAC-Australia and recently appointed as Co-Editor of the ISAAC Journal, Associate Professor Hemsley’s contribution and involvement with ISAAC spans more than four years and has strengthened the capacity for AAC research and practice to take place worldwide.

Associate Professor Hemsley was one of seven senior researchers to receive the award on August 10 at the Biennial ISAAC Conference held in Toronto, Canada.