Charity network will grow with increased promotion

10 June 2014 A group of University of Canterbury students are keen to make Cantabrians fitter, not fatter, by helping a charity organisation. (read article)

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Master of Speech & Language Pathology

New UC Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree begins in 2014!

The degree is a full-time two-year graduate-entry professional qualification to practice as a speech language pathologist/therapist.

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Student Profile

‘There is a huge gap in the research about how to treat swallowing disorders...’

Phoebe Macrae PhD in Speech and Language Therapy
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
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Ministry of Education Scholarships

Applications for Ministry of Education Speech Language Therapy Scholarships for 2015 will open on 1 June 2014. Further details can be found here

Speech and Hearing Clinic

We are now enrolling new patients 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

Bay Audiology Clinical Prizej

Ashleigh Donald, Master of Audiology student, received the 2013 Bay Audiology Clinical Prize from Bay Audiology's Senior Human Resources Advisor, Melita Lawn and Charge Audiologist, Jonny Grady at a ceremony on 5th March 2014. Bay Audiology also gifted a textbook to each first year MAUD student. The Department of Communication Disorders is very grateful to Bay Audiology for their support.

2013 Jean Seabrook Prizea

Congratulations to PhD student Anna Miles, who was awarded the 2013 Jean Seabrook Prize by the University of Canterbury. This prize is awarded to a New Zealand trained speech-language therapist who has been enrolled for a PhD at the University of Canterbury and has submitted a PhD thesis that is considered to constitute an outstanding research project concerned with neurological aspects of communication disorders in the New Zealand population.

Swallowing grant success

Dr. Maggie-Lee Huckabee and collaborators Phd student Kirsten Lamvik, Assoc. Prof. Richard Jones and clinical colleagues have been awarded a Neurological Foundation Project Grant of $82,650. The project will examine the mpreviously unexplored phenomenon of mis-sequencing of pharyngeal pressure during swallowing in people with neurological injury.  Patients with this type of deficit are unable to coordinate streamlined food or liquid transfer from the pharynx into the oesophagus, are unable to eat food safely, and very importantly may be receiving ineffective or even contraindicated rehabilitation.  The aim of this study is to identify specific patient groups who exhibit pharyngeal mis-sequencing, and to explore the patterns of development. Results from this study will assist clinicians in selecting appropriate diagnostic tools  and rehabilitation strategies for dysphagic patients.  Dr Huckabee and colleagues have, through this research, established collaboration with clinical researchers from Singapore General Hospital as a satellite data collection site.

mlhbDysphagia Following Stroke: Second Edition 

Dr Maggie-Lee Huckabee and co-author Dr Stephanie Daniels have published a second edition of their very popular book on the clinical assessment and management of dysphagia following stroke.

klCommunication Disorders student wins awards at the 2013 UC Postgraduate Showcase   

PhD student, Kristin Lamvik was joint winner in the Overall Presenter category and tied for 1st place in the PhD Category. Her topic was ‘Pharyngeal Mis-sequencing in Dysphagic Patients with Neurologic Impairment’

Recent research grant success 

Three Communication Disorders researchers have recently been awarded research grants. Associate Professor Megan McAuliffe and Dr Don Sinex were awarded $543,478 by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund for a 3-year study to examine how listeners comprehend distorted speech. Dr Maggie-Lee Huckabee was awarded $22,688 by the NZ Dental Association, for a study to examine the relationships between oral bacteria, the protective cough reflex and pneumonia in patients with stroke and swallowing impairment.

ebStudent Receives Award

Former BSLP(Hons) student Eleanor Barclay holds her certificate she received from the UK Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, for her 2012 Honour’s thesis entitled, ‘Family members of people with aphasia and their rehabilitation goals in relation to information’.

 Supervisor of the Year Award 

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Richard Jones for winning the university's prestigious Supervisor of the Year award from the University of Canterbury Students' Association on Friday. Richard has appointments in the Departments of Communication Disorders, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering and has supervised numerous Master's and PhD students in swallowing and dysphagia over the years with Dr Maggie-Lee Huckabee. He is also Director of the Christchurch Neurotechnology Research Programme.


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