The University of Newcastle, Australia

Healthy Communities and Social Futures (HCSF)

The cluster for Healthy Communities and Social Futures provides a suite of innovative research and teaching initiatives in Social Work, Speech Pathology and Linguistics.

Our team of people teach into the university’s distinctive Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) program which integrates hands on clinical practice with rigorous linguistic analysis as well as psychology and human biosciences. In the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program we similarly train students for one of the most in demand employment pathways of the future.

Our research networks include collaborations in social work and speech pathology as well as the ELDTA Linguistic Research Program. We also host a Lab for Applied Language Science alongside public open access clinics for VoiceSpeech Intelligibility and Stuttering.

Keep up to date with us on our School of Humanities and Social Sciences news website or by emailing our cluster leader below.

Contact us

For more information about this cluster please contact one of our cluster leaders.

Dr Liz Spencer

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science

Cluster Leader (2018-2019)

Associate Professor Penny Buykx

Associate Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science

Cluster Leader (2020-2021)

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