When it comes to speech pathology in Australia, Charles Sturt University (CSU) researchers are leading the way!
Research magazine by The Australian highlights Australia’s top researchers and research institutions. CSU received the accolade of Australia’s Research Field Leaders in both the individual Field Leader and Leading Institution categories.
It’s perfect timing to celebrate CSU’s rich history in training speech pathologists. That’s because 2018 marks 20 years since CSU started offering a speech pathology program.
Since then, the education and research that CSU has undertaken in the field has changed many lives, making a difference in communities across Australia.
Research that makes a difference
CSU Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition Sharynne McLeod won the individual honour in the Research survey. The expertise of the research team at CSU meant that the university was named the leading institution for research in the speech pathology discipline.
Following the announcement, Professor McLeod expressed her pride in her team.
“Our team are very grateful for this unexpected acknowledgement. CSU’s dedicated team of 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 at CSU, 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 CSU speech pathology team. 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. Sharynne’s leadership has gifted us our connection, strength and passion. Plus, it has connected us and elevated us all to research excellence.”
Advancing speech pathology in Australia
CSU 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 at CSU
The Research report also named CSU as Leading Institution in:
- Humanities, Arts and Literature
- Life Sciences and Earth Sciences.
These awards are a testament to CSU’s 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, CSU 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 CSU is your path to making a difference locally, nationally or internationally.
Contact us to find out more.