Rebecca Amery

Graduate Certificate in Yolŋu Studies, Charles Darwin University; Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), University of Newcastle

PhD Candidate

Rebecca is a speech pathologist and doctoral student at Charles Darwin University, exploring the communication difficulties of Yolŋu living with Machado-Joseph Disease. Her research has involved collaborative development of prototype bilingual Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) aids in Yolŋu languages and English with Yolŋu researchers and the MJD Foundation.

Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours I) from the University of Newcastle. She has worked as a speech pathologist in paediatric, adolescent and adult disability in Vietnam, Melbourne, Indonesia and Darwin, and as a research assistant at Menzies School of Health Research. 

PhD Project Title

Exploring communication difficulties of Yolŋu with Machado-Joseph Disease.

Research Interests

  • Communication access
  • Intercultural communication
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Supervisors

Dr Anne Lowell - Principal (Northern Institute, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, Charles Darwin University)
Dr. Pammi Raghavendra (Flinders University, Disability and Community Inclusion, Nursing and Health Sciences)
Dr. Ruth Barker (James Cook University, College of Healthcare Sciences)
Dr. Deb Theodoros (University of Queensland, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences)

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Publications & Resources

Books

Staley, B., Amery, R., Howitt, S., Rampmeyer, K., Coonan, E., Ridd, M., & Southwood, A. (2018). Helping Students in the Northern Territory Produce Standard Australian English Speech Sounds: A Resource for Teachers. Darwin, NT: Northern Territory Government

Journal Articles

Conference Proceedings

Amery, R. (2018, September). Ŋayaŋu-ḏälthirr: ‘Being courageous’ in the face of changing communication associated with Machado-Joseph Disease. Platform presentation presented at the Services of Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health National Conference, Darwin.

Amery, R., & Gondarra, J. W. (2018, September). Doing What Suits: Sharing stories of culturally responsive practice in research. Keynote Presentation presented at the Services of Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health National Conference, Darwin.

Amery, R., & Wunungmurra, J. G. (2018, May). Social Networks of Yolŋu living with Machado Joseph Disease: Implications for communication support. Platform presentation presented at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Adelaide.

Amery, R., Wunungmurra, J. G., & Gondarra, J. W. (2018a, July). Research Methods for  Engaging with Aboriginal Australians  from Remote Locations about Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Workshop presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Bienniel Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

Amery, R., Wunungmurra, J. G., & Gondarra, J. W. (2018b, July). ‘I want to start now, I want to learn’: Views of Yolŋu adults about Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Platform presentation presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Bienniel Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

Awards

Memberships

  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Speech Pathology Australia, NT Branch Executive, Communications Officer (2019)
  • Speech Pathology Australia Conference 2020, Darwin, Organising Committee, Co-Scientific Chair
  • Member of AGOSCI
  • Member of International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)

Media Coverage

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Contacts

T: +61 (08) 8946 7315
E: rebecca.amery@cdu.edu.au

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