Sydney speech pathology student wins Three Minute Thesis

26 June 2015

Could you explain years of intense research about a specific area in just three minutes? That’s what Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences students did on Wednesday 10 June at the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at Cumberland campus.

University of Sydney Speech Pathology School
Sydney Speech Pathology student Amy Freeman-Sanderson wins 3MT competition

This year’s winner was speech pathology student Amy Freeman-Sanderson with the topic “Is it time to speak?” Amy’s research focused on speech pathology intervention for verbal communication provided to patients with a tracheostomy within the critical care setting.
“Loss of voice due to tracheostomy insertion has been described by patients as one of, if not, the most traumatic part of their hospital admission,” said Professor Sharon Kilbreath, who gave the official welcome at the event.
“The primary aim of Amy’s research is to compare early versus standard speech pathology intervention for these patients with the focus on timing of return to verbal communication and patient reported quality of life measurements.”
The 3MT competition is held at the faculty each year and is an outlet for students to practice explaining their research to people who are not familiar with their field. The task is aimed at advancing students’ skills when applying for funding or engaging media attention.
This year, Health Sciences had seven entrants.
“It was an extremely successful and enjoyable night,” said event organiser Fiona Pearson. “We had a really high calibre of presentations; our Health Sciences students really upped their competitive game.”
Amy now advances to the 3MT finals of the university competition which are held during Open Day on 29 August. The faculty wishes Amy the very best of luck.

University of Sydney Speech Pathology School

In common with other departments at the University of Sydney, the discipline of speech pathology promotes students’ development of generic  communication and teamwork skills, as well as discipline-specific knowledge and skills. The course is designed to promote self-direction and encourages the graduates to have a sense of their own individuality and creativity. The university offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Speech Language Pathology program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field, who wish to gain the requirements to become a speech pathologist.
Program: Master of Speech Language Pathology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years
Application Deadline: October 1, 2015 (Australia time). Applications are assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Wednesday, September 30 at noon.

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