National Tour

Speech Pathology Australia is proud of the highly skilled, professional and dedicated speech pathologists who have been invited by the Association to be the National Tour speakers.

2017 National Tour Speaker

This is a photograph of the Association's 2017 National Tour Speaker. The 2017 National Tour speaker is Dr Tanya Serry presenting on Speech Pathology in the literacy domain: From prevention to intervention.The 2017 National Tour speaker is Dr Tanya Serry, presenting on Speech Pathology in the literacy domain: From prevention to intervention This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Speech Pathology Australia is looking forward to Tanya sharing her knowledge, experience and clinical skills in applying speech pathology knowledge of language and phonology to promoting oral language competency and emergent literacy, and of collaborative practice in the literacy domain in partnerships as part of a wider team of professionals.

Tanya Serry

Tanya Serry, B.App. Sc (Sp Path), M.A. (Applied Linguistics), PhD, is a member of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University. She is also a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in the Policy Equity and Transition group.

Tanya’s research interests include prevention and early identification strategies for young children at-risk of reading difficulty. Tanya has also investigated intervention approaches at a systems-level within schools and universities. Taking an alternative perspective, Tanya has also studied the experiences of people involved with the person with reading difficulty including parents of children receiving intervention and school-based intervention-providers.


A series of two-day workshop will explore the scope of practice for speech pathologists in prevention or reducing the risk of children becoming poor readers; early identification and management; assessment and formal intervention for children and adolescents. The focus will be more on younger children but principles can be applied across age groups. A Response-to-Intervention model will underpin the discussion regarding formal intervention. In addition to this two-day workshop that will run in most Branches, the National Tour program will finish with a 90-minute online CPD live event.

Workshops - registration

Brisbane: 20-21 November 2017. SOLD OUT

Sydney: 23-24 November 2017. SOLD OUT

Sydney: 27-28 November 2017. SOLD OUT

Brisbane: 30 November-1 December 2017. SOLD OUT

Online events - detail

Information about online events related to the 2017 National Tour will be available shortly.

Previous Tour Speakers

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