PhD Student | Speech Pathologist, Charles Sturt University
Rebecca Amery is a doctoral Candidate at Charles Darwin University (CDU). Her research aims to build understanding about communication difficulties for Yolŋu living with Machado Joseph Disease and their families, and to improve communication opportunities through the development and use of bilingual Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.
Rebecca grew up in the Northern Territory, in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land and in Darwin. She completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle with Honours (Class I) in 2011. Rebecca started her PhD in partnership with the MJD Foundation in 2016 and is also enrolled in a Graduate Certificate of Yolŋu Studies at CDU.
Rebecca has a personal and professional interest in working in intercultural partnerships in varied community contexts, using AAC to improve communication access for people who experience communication vulnerability. Rebecca has practiced as a speech pathologist in early intervention, schools and adult contexts with culturally and linguistically diverse families in Darwin, Melbourne, Vietnam and Indonesia. Her work often involves the use of interpreters, cultural brokers and partnering with local staff to deliver speech pathology services, facilitate workshops and develop communication resources in languages other than English.
Julie Gungunbuy Wunungmurra
Julie Gungunbuy Wunungmurra has worked for the MJD Foundation as an Aboriginal Health Community Worker since 2013. Julie is the primary contact and support person for Yolŋu clients with MJD and their families in Darwin, Galiwin’ku and Yirrkala. Julie provides support to MJD Foundation community services, research and education programs and projects, and provides cultural advice and support, as well as translation and interpreter support with research, medical and genetic concepts. She has been the primary Yolŋu researcher for the Communication PhD project and is also involved in genetics and sleep research studies with the MJD Foundation.
General Manager, Partners in the Community
Chief Allied Health Officer, Department of Health, Queensland
Julie Hulcombe is the Chief Allied Health Officer, Department of Health, Queensland. Julie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). She has had an extensive career with Qld Health working in clinical Dietetics at both regional and tertiary hospitals and management roles in Dietetics, Allied Health and Health Planning. Julie is an Adjunct Associate Professor with QUT. She is a past President of the Dietetic Association of Australia (DAA), and has been the Chair of the DAA Dietetic Credentialing Council and the National Allied Health Advisors Committee. In her present position Julie has led initiatives in workforce models of care, clinical education and research.
Co-Founder and Cheif Clinical Officer, Umbo
Ed is an accidental speech pathologist and PhD student. He has practiced across rural and remote communities in NSW for the last 8 years, and takes any opportunity he can to spruik the benefits of rural generalism and person-centred trans-disciplinary practice.
He is Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer at Umbo – an online platform connecting people with disabilities in rural and remote Australia with therapeutic supports. Ed is also a SARRAH board member, works with Marathon Health in Dubbo, and sits on the Clinical Council at the Western NSW PHN.
In his spare time, you’ll probably find Ed playing cricket, talking cricket, or watching cricket (with his cat, Katich, who is named after his favourite cricketer of course). He has also been known to integrate cricket and cricket trivia into his work with clients who share his passion.
Ed is keen to learn from people with disability about how allied health can support them to live the life that they want, and would like to support them to advocate on their terms, especially in rural and remote areas. In doing this, Ed is inspired and motivated by the words of everybody’s favourite Czech existential anarchist, Franz Kafka, who said: “Start with what is right rather than what is accepted.”