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Keynote Speakers

Professor Liz WardElizabeth Ward

Professor in Speech Pathology

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

The theme of Prof Ward's research program in the field of speech pathology has been the assessment and rehabilitation of the motor functions of swallowing, speech and voice.

Prof Ward currently holds a joint position as the Director of the Centre for Functioning and Health (CFAHR), Queensland Health, and is a conjoint Professor with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland. She has published extensively during her career, with over 400 publications. Prof Ward has received $3.8 million in competitive grant funding in the past 5 years across a number of research fields including dysphagia assessment and management, telehealth, head and neck cancer care, motor speech disorders, simulation training, and the implementation of new models of allied health care. Her research has a clinical focus with particular emphasis on projects designed to improve speech and swallowing outcomes in a broad range of surgical and neurogenic populations. She has been awarded multiple UQ teaching awards and has supervised >35 students to successful completion of their research higher degree. In 2014 Prof Ward was awarded the title of Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia in recognition of her contributions to the profession.

Associate Professor Helen Benham

MBBS (Hons) B.App.Sci (Podiatry) PhD FRACP GAICD

Executive Director

Research and Clinical Translation

Helen is the Executive Director of Translation at the Translational Research Institute (TRI). She is an experienced Rheumatologist who divides her time between clinical practice at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and her role driving collaborations across research and healthcare. She is an Associate Professor with University of Queensland and a previous NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow. 

Helen has experience across the research spectrum including basic science, clinical trials and applying the principles of implementation science to her clinical field. Helen is a Non-Executive Director and is currently on the board of Metro South Hospital and Health Service and previously Arthritis Queensland (chair) and the Princess Alexandra Research Foundation.

Last updated 27 February 2024
Last reviewed 27 February 2024