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Study Speech-Language Therapy at UC – Thane Pullan tells us why

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‘Postgraduate studies at UC have been a stepping-stone to an exciting career in Speech and Language Therapy...’

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Groundbreaking swallowing training software now available!BiSSkiT

The long-awaited release of the Biofeedback in Strength and Skill Training (BiSSkiT) software and treatment protocol is finally here. It has CE certification and is now available to the European economic area. For further information, see the BiSSkiT page, watch the video, or email Prof. Maggie-Lee Huckabee extends great thanks to colleagues who have waited patiently for its release, as her team worked through an enormous learning curve.

BSLP student wins aphasia prizeEmma Hoekstra

Year 4 BSLP student Emma Hoekstra has won a 2015/16 Tavistock Trust Award. The £300 prize was awarded for her outstanding academic and clinical work in the field of aphasia, and was accompanied by a congratulatory letter from Henrietta, the Duchess of Bedford. The Tavistock Trust, founded in the UK in 1992, aims to help improve the quality of life for those with aphasia, their families and carers.

UC students win speech therapy communication video competitionrk

We're pleased to announce that our 3rd year BSLP students Sophia Cormack and Annalise Brown were the overall winners of the NZSTA International Communication Project Video Competition – "What communication means to me". Check out their winning entry here! In addition, Imogen Alpe and Natasha Correa won the People’s Choice Award for their fantastic entry. Well done to both teams!

Success at the University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke and Recovery and Researchrk

Ten-year-old New Plymouth boy Dayton Preston made national headlines in July, when his family went public with the story of how he had never been able to eat food, and his successful rehabilitation at UC's Rose Centre. After being fed through a tube in his stomach for 10 years, Dayton has now enjoyed his first taste of birthday cake at age 11 thanks to the efforts of UC researchers and therapists.

Professor Richard Jones: 2015 University Supervisor of the Yearrj

Congratulations to Prof Richard Jones on being recognised as 2015 Supervisor of the Year by the University of Canterbury Students' Association on 25 September, an award he also won in 2013. Richard is Director of the Christchurch Neurotechnology Research Programme and has appointments in the Departments of Communication Disorders, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has supervised many Master's and PhD students in swallowing and dysphagia over the years with Dr Maggie-Lee Huckabee. He also provides research supervision to postgraduate students in the Departments of Psychology and Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

2015 CMDS Supervisor and Lecturer of the Yearrk


Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Kelly-Campbell for being recognised by UCSA as 2015 Department of Communication Disorders Supervisor of the Year and to Prof Thomas Klee for being recognised as the Department’s 2015 Lecturer of the Year.

Student awarded Fullbright fellowship and Research Travel Awardaf

Annalise Fletcher, a doctoral student in our Department, has been awarded a prestigious Fullbright fellowship to undertake postgraduate studies or research at a USA institution. Annalise plans to use the award to collaborate with US researchers for six months at Arizona State University and Florida State University in 2015-2016.  In a separate award, Annalise has also received an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention Student Research Travel Award (SRTA), which is awarded to student first-authors of papers that receive the top rating by the Convention Program Committee in each of the convention topic areas. Annalise’s research uses acoustic analysis techniques to explore how voice quality, speech rhythm, and vowel articulation change as a result of neurological injuries and disease. Congratulations to Annalise on these fabulous achievements. 

Hearing research to improve carem

Associate Professor Greg O'Beirne and Canterbury District Health Board's Associate Professor Phil Bird have received a $319,500 grant from the Oticon Foundation in New Zealand to investigate the prevention of hearing loss during ear surgery by improving intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring of hearing. The three-year grant will help the team provide better quality care for patients, and reduce the incidence of hearing loss and dizziness following ear surgery. For more details see the press release.

Speech and Hearing Clinic

We are now enrolling new clients for Hearing and/or Speech & Language services of all ages. To make an appointment please contact us on

Phone: (03) 364-2408
Fax: (03) 364 2760

If you would like to find our more about our Clinic, please visit this site: University of Canterbury Speech and Hearing Clinic


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