Keynote and invited speakers

The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to introduce our two keynote speakers.

Ron Gillam PhD

This a photograph of Ron Gillam PhD who is a keynote speaker at the Speech Pathology Australia 2018 National Conference in AdelaideRon Gillam, PhD holds the Raymond and Eloise Lillywhite Endowed Chair in Speech-Language Pathology at Utah State University, where he is also the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Neuroscience. His research, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education, primarily concerns information processing, language assessment, and language intervention with school-age children with language disorders.

Dr Gillam has published three books, three norm-referenced tests, and more than 130 articles and book chapters. He has been an associate editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and Topics in Language Disorders. Dr Gillam has received numerous teaching and research awards including Honors of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA), Distinguished Alumnus at Indiana University, ASHA Fellow, the Haydn Williams Fellow at Curtin University in Western Australia, the Dads Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, the Editor’s Award for the article of highest merit in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (twice) and the Robins Award for the outstanding researcher at Utah State University.

Abstracts for Ron’s Masterclass, Keynote and Seminar presentations will be available in September 2017.

Professor Marion Kickett

This a photograph of Marion Kickett who is a keynote speaker at the Speech Pathology Australia 2018 National Conference in AdelaideProfessor Marion Kickett is a Balardong Noongar on her Father’s side and Wongutha/Yamitj on her Mother’s side. However, she grew up in Balardong country in the wheat belt area of the South West of Western Australia. She has a Nursing and Health Science background. Marion completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of Western Australia using an Aboriginal Methodology. Her topic was “Why are some Aboriginal people more resilient than others?”. She has been teaching Aboriginal Health and Culture for the past 30 years both at a community and academic level. Marion has worked in and with Aboriginal community controlled organisations developing, designing and implementing educational programs. Marion is currently the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University. She strongly believes the way forward is education and her strongest leadership attribute is the empowerment of her own people.

Abstracts for Marion’s Keynote and Seminar presentations will be available in September 2017.