I am a speech pathologist with longstanding experience supporting people with lifelong disability, communication disability, and dysphagia. I have many years of industry experience as a senior clinician in the former NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care, and most recently an Associate Lecturer of Speech Pathology at The University of Sydney and The University of Technology Sydney (UTS). I am now working in the Department of Education Tasmania and pursuing my PhD at UTS. I will be exploring the accessibility of written health information for people with communication disability. I have a strong person-centred and rights-based approach to my work, which also recognises the important overlap between ‘disability’ and ‘health’.

Email: Harmony.M.Turnbull@student.uts.edu.au

My Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney (2002)

Certificate IV – Training and Evaluation (2011, updated 2016)

My Credentials

Certified Key Word Sign presenter (formerly Makaton) and State Trainer

Inclusive Communication and Behaviour Support (ICABS) trainer

Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist (It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words)

Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia Professional Self Regulation)

Some of my Roles

Associate Lecturer in Speech Pathology. Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney. (Current)

Clinical Educator and Associate Lecturer at the Communication Disorders Treatment and Research Clinic (CDTRC), The University of Sydney.

Speech Pathology Australia, NSW Branch – Portfolio Leader, Branch President, Branch Vice-president (volunteer)

Convenor: AGOSCI 11th Biennial Conference – (2013), Speech Pathology Australia National Conference (2017) (both volunteer roles)

Key Word Sign (KWS) NSW State Trainer, Committee Coordinator, Events Coordinator (volunteer)

Consultant Speech Pathologist (Grade 4) Clinical Governance and Therapists Team (Formerly Regional Access and Projects Team). Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Conference Participation

Turnbull, H., Dark, L., Skinner, I., Hemsley, B. An integrative review of health literacy demands of speech pathology reports on people with communication disability: Implications for inclusive practices. (Accepted) Oral presentation at Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Brisbane. 2 – 5 June, 2019.

Turnbull, H., Smidt, A. AACessing Student SLP Experiences: The value of learning about AAC for the future workforce.  (Accepted) Poster presentation at ISAAC International Conference, July 2018.

Turnbull, H., Phua, T. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Twitter. Poster presentation at AGOSCI 12th Biennial Conference, May 2015.

Phua, T., Turnbull, H. Hashtags, Retweets, Tweetchats and More: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Twitter. Workshop at the Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference, May 2014.

Turnbull, H., Burke, F., Manton, L., Cummins, C., Bell K. Keeping it Simple: Training Health Professionals to Use Plain English and Create Accessible Information. Invited workshops at ASID Conference October 2013 and SPOT on DD Conference, September 2012. Oral presentations at AGOSCI Conference, May 2013 and May 2015.

Turnbull, H., Overington, A. Connecting People 2 People. Oral presentation at AGOSCI Conference, May 2013.

Agnew, M., Hogan, L., Hooker, B., Kohlenberg, C., Turnbull, H. Embedding Outcome Measures in Clinical Practice in Metro North ADHC. Presented at SPOT on DD Conference, September 2012.

Facilitated Panel: Innovative Networking. Panel member, SPOT on DD Conference, September 2012.

Turnbull, H. How to be a Good Speech Pathologist: There’s an App for That! Presented at Spectronics Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference, May 2012.