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The AVA is pleased to announce our 2016 National Voice Meeting and AGM in Byron Bay, New South Wales.

Our National Voice Meeting seeks to unite the disciplines working in voice with a particular focus on translation to clinical practice. Our program will explore the themes of the Performing Voice and Ageing Voice through a range of professional perspectives.

Running over 2 days prior to the Laryngology Society of Australasia Conference, our beautiful venue, Byron at Byron Resort offers a dynamic professional environment set in outstanding natural surrounds.

Join us in this fantastic opportunity to learn from some remarkable international and national keynote speakers.

The AVA National Voice Meeting will commence on Thursday 3 November at 1pm with sessions until 5pm, followed by the AVA AGM. Sessions will continue on Friday the 4 November at 8 am until 12pm, concluding with a networking lunch for attendees prior to the commencement of the LSA conference

Register via the LSA website here.  See our draft program here

Meet our internationally renowned keynote speakers:

Professor Michael S Benninger, MD

Chairman, Head and Neck Institute, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Dr. Michael S. Benninger is the Chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at The Cleveland Clinic and is a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The Head and Neck Institute comprise the specialties of Otolaryngology, Audiology, Speech and Language Sciences, Oral Surgery and Dentistry.

Professor Mary J Sandage, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University, Alabama, USA

Dr. Mary J. Sandage is a Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University teaching basic and advanced voice and swallowing disorders courses.

Professor Mara Behlau, SLP, PhD, Fellow ASHA

Professor Human Communication Disorders, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, BRAZIL

Dr Mara Behlau is Director of Centro de Estudos da Voz in São Paulo. She is also Professor at the Graduate Program in Human Communication Disorders at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, and Affiliate Professor of “Communication of Business” at the INSPER, São Paulo.

Dr Rita Patel PhD, B Sc, M Sc, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor in Speech Sciences - Indiana University, Bloomington

Dr Rita completed her Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin Madison. She is Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington with active research into vocal physiology and voice production.

Adjunct Associate Professor Janet Baker LACST, MSc, PhD, ITAA, FT

Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept Speech Pathology, Flinders University, South Australia

Jan Baker is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology, Flinders University. She is a speech pathologist and family therapist with post-graduate qualifications in psychotherapy. She studied classical singing and has enjoyed performing as soloist in the mezzo soprano repertoire of recital and oratorio.

Dr Debbie Phyland PhD, BAppSc (SpPath), Dip Ed, MAppSc, FSPAA, CPSP

Co-founder Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre, Director Voice Medicine Australia, Monash Health

Deb Phyland is a speech pathologist and singer with active research interests in the singing voice. She is also the current President of the Laryngological Society of Australasia.

Dr Debbie Phyland

Deb PhylandDr Debbie Phyland

PhD, BAppSc (SpPath), Dip Ed, MAppSc, FSPAA, CPSP

Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist with over 30 years experience working predominantly in the acute medical and private practice contexts. She is also a singer and has combined her love of performance with her speech pathology career by focusing over the last twenty years on the area of voice.

In 1996, she completed her Master’s Degree researching voice problems of singers. She is a co-founder and partner of The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre. Debbie works in private practice, Voice Medicine Australia, focussing on the assessment and treatment of voice problems. She completed her doctorate studies in the area of voice in 2015.

Over the past twenty years she has also been working for Melbourne Theatre Company and other professional production companies in an occupational health capacity offering programs for the prevention and remediation of voice problems. Debbie also currently works part-time as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the ENT Head and Neck Department of Monash Health. Along with Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has been honoured with the prestigious Speech Pathology Australia Association’s Elinor Wray Innovation and Promotion Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession’ (2010). She has also been the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship (2002), Victorian Green Room Award ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Melbourne Stage’ (2012), and Australian Voice Association award ‘Outstanding contribution to the Australian voice community’ (2014). Most recently she has been awarded a Garnett Passe & Rodney Williams Post Doctoral Research fellowship (2016-2018) to explore inflammation and the development of benign laryngeal pathologies. She is currently the President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia and a member of the Voice Sub-Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics.

As well as her interest in the singing voice, she is particularly interested in voice problems due to neurological dysfunction and in the paediatric and adolescent voice. She is a strong advocate for the promotion of voice and pursuit of clinical excellence in laryngology field.

Prof Mary Sandage

Sandaga_MaryProfessor Mary J Sandage, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University, Alabama, USA

Dr. Mary J. Sandage is a Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University teaching basic and advanced voice and swallowing disorders courses.

She earned her Masters degree in speech language pathology from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Exercise Science at Auburn University. Prior to her role at Auburn University, Dr. Sandage was Clinical Associate Professor/Medical Site Practice Coordinator in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has been a long-term active member of ASHA chairing several committees and is currently an Associate Editor for Perspectives, a publication of the Special interest Group on Voice. She has been the recipient of six honors and awards and a principal or co-investigator of nine successful competitive grants. She has authored over 20 journal papers, 6 book chapters and various newsletters and proceedings and has been regularly to give presentations on voice, exercise science, irritable larynx, cough, swallowing and vocal cord dysfunction.

Dr. Sandage has been a speech pathology clinician for over 22 years, specializing in the assessment and treatment of upper airway and voice disorders, with a particular expertise in treating professional voice. Her current research interests include muscle bioenergetics and voice training considerations, upper airway thermoregulation (how the upper airway responds to changing environmental conditions) and hormonal influences on voice production. She has also been a singing teacher for over 20 years and has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction for over 15 years.

Dr Rita Patel

Rita patelDr Rita Patel

PhD, B Sc, M Sc, CCC-SLP

Dr. Patel’s broad areas of research interests include vocal physiology and voice production in normal and disordered voice across the lifespan. More specifically, Dr. Patel is interested in pediatric vocal development and identification of physiological factors of laryngeal function that underlie severely disturbed voice qualities.

Within the framework of pediatric vocal development Dr. Patel aims are to lay the foundation for development of biomechanical modeling and assessment tools to identify children at risk of developing voice disorders by establishing physiological biomarkers of the unique vibratory features observed with high speed digital imaging.

The other research area that interests Dr. Patel relates to the pathophysiology of hoarseness resulting from severe voice disturbances, spasmodic dysphonia, for example. Here the goal is to investigate vibratory kinematics and disturbances of muscle activity, to understand the clinical pathophysiology of spasmodic dysphonia. The outcome from the above research areas, directly relates to clinical assessment for children with voice disorders and adults with spasmodic dysphonia.

A/Prof Janet Baker

Baker_JanAdjunct Associate Professor Janet Baker LACST, MSc, PhD, ITAA, FT
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Speech Pathology, Flinders University, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adjunct Associate Professor Jan Baker is a speech pathologist and family therapist with post-graduate qualifications in psychotherapy. She studied classical singing through the Elder Conservatorium for over 10 years and has enjoyed performing as soloist in the mezzo soprano repertoire of recital and oratorio. Jan has specialized in the area of voice and counselling for over 40 years and she is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA).

Jan was one of a small group involved in establishing the Australian Voice Association (1991) and she has been the president on two occasions. She is a member of the Scientific Committee -Voice for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics; a member of the Fellowships Committee for SPA; a member of Trust Fund and selection committee for scholarship offered by the International Federation of University Women in SA; and has been appointed as a Medical Expert for the Expert Review Panel of the Lifetime Support Authority by the Minister of Health.

Jan was the inaugural lecturer for Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology at Sturt College, now Flinders University, and she has taught at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in Australia and overseas. After completing her PhD in 2006, Jan was appointed as Associate Professor and co-ordinator for the Graduate Entry Master of Speech Pathology at Flinders University from 2007-2011.

Jan has presented at many national and international conferences seeking to integrate and share her knowledge in the practices of speech pathology, psychotherapy, family therapy and professional voice. Jan’s clinical work, research interests and publications have been focused on the etiology and management of functional and psychogenic voice disorders, problems associated with the professional singing voice, and the psychological processes involved in the therapeutic relationship. Jan continues to teach nationally and internationally, and to supervise research in the areas of voice and counselling. In her private practice she specialises in the clinical management of psychogenic voice disorders and working with singers. She now offers services as Consultant in Voice and Supervision of Professional Practice to speech pathologists and mental health professionals throughout Australia and from overseas. She will be launching her book, Psychosocial Perspectives on the Management of Voice Disorders (Compton Publishing) in 2016.

 

Prof Mara Behlau

Behlau_MaraProfessor Mara Behlau, SLP, PhD, Fellow ASHA

Professor Human Communication Disorders, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, BRAZIL

Dr. Mara Behlau is a highly regarded speech pathologist, voice specialist and researcher with dual citizenship of Brazil and Italy. For the past 30 years, she has been the Director of Centro de Estudos da Voz in São Paulo. She is also Professor at the Graduate Program in Human Communication Disorders at UNIFESP-EPM, and Affiliate Professor of “Communication of Business” at the INSPER, São Paulo. She is previous President of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), the Brazilian Association of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and also the Brazilian Association of Laryngology and Voice. She is the current Chairperson of the IALP Voice Committee.

Mara completed her Speech Pathology degree at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo in 1978 and then undertook further training in Italy at the Policlinico di Milano in Milan and at the Centro Medico Phoniatrico in Padua. In 1984 she completed her Masters degree and in 1986 her PhD both through a convention between Universidade Federal de São Paulo and Michigan State University under the supervision of Prof. Paulo Pontes (Brazil) and Prof. Oscar Tosi (USA). In 1988-9 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco under the supervision of Prof. Herbert Dedo.

Mara has written or edited more than 28 books and 50 journal publications. She has received 70 scientific acknowledgments for best projects and researches and many awards, including two achievement awards from the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation (1997 & 2014); a great honor of the Sociedade Brasileira de Laringologia e Voz (1999); a great honor of the Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia (2004); the title of Fellow of the American Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association and also the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement (2014).

Prof Michael Benninger

Benninger_MichaelProfessor Michael S Benninger, MD
Chairman, Head and Neck Institute, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Dr. Michael S. Benninger is the Chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at The Cleveland Clinic and is a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The Head and Neck Institute comprise the specialties of Otolaryngology, Audiology, Speech and Language Sciences, Oral Surgery and Dentistry.

In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Benninger has been very involved in Regional, National and International medical organizations. He is the President of the International Association of Phonosurgery, the Treasurer of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association and Vice-President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) for 12 years, having been a former Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of that organization. He is also a Past-President of the American Laryngological Association, American Rhinologic Society and the Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which is the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world for that specialty. He has served on the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology and as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for WebMD.

Dr. Benninger has authored or edited 8 books, including his most recent books, “The Performers Voice” and “Classics in Rhinology”. He has 2 additional books in press. He has also written over 75 book chapters and over 190 scientific articles, focusing primarily on voice care and laryngology, nasal and sinus disease and health care management. He has lectured extensively across the country and throughout the world. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Benninger received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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AVA National Voice Meeting Provisional Program

Thursday 3rd Nov        The Ageing Voice

1pm                 Welcome

1.10pm            Prof Mike Benninger
Medical management of the ageing voice

1.35pm            Prof Mara Behlau (TBC)

Glottic characteristics and voice complaint in the elderly
Morphological and functional aspects of the senile larynx
Vocal rehabilitation in the elderly

2.30pm            Afternoon Tea with the sponsors

2.50pm            Dr Debbie Phyland
Singing and the ageing voice
Voice in neurological population

3.45pm            Prof Mary Sandage
Mindfulness based stress reduction principles applied to voice and upper airway care

4.15pm         Dr Rita Patel
The pathophysiology of voice disorders in the elderly voice

4.50pm            Questions and close

5.00pm            AVA AGM

Friday 4th Nov         The Performing Voice

9.00am            Prof Mike Benninger
Performance voice and surgical intervention

10.00am          Prof Mara Behlau (TBC)
Voice Analysis
Pain and therapy in professional voice users (singing and spoken voice)

10.25am          Morning Tea with the sponsors

10.45am          Prof Mary Sandage
Professional voice: applying the principles of exercise science to habilitation and rehabilitation

11.35am          A/Prof Janet Baker
Psychogenic aspects of the performance voice

12.00pm          Panel Discussion with Keynote Presenters
Topic: Performance voice rehabilitation post treatment or surgery with cases

1.00pm            Networking lunch with the sponsors

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