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Sydney Course Instructor Bio

JULIA MACLEAN, PhD Speech Pathologist

Julia graduated from Sydney University in 1993 and has held the senior surgery/ oncology speech pathology position at St George Hospital, Sydney, since 1997 where she is also a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. She completed her Master of Science in Medicine in 1999 and in 2010, her PhD, investigating the prevalence and nature of swallowing disorders following total laryngectomy surgery. Julia has a particular interest in voice restoration and swallowing following total laryngectomy surgery. Julia’s interest in tracheosophageal voice has taken her to Pune, India in 2000 to establish a voice restoration service and
was integral in establishing the “Dr Blom in Australia” course we can now attend in Australia. In 2002, Julia was trained by Dr Eric Blom to deliver his voice restoration course and visited his clinic in order to gain further theoretical knowledge and practical experience. During this visit she also spent time with Dr Mark Singer, the other co-founder of the Blom-Singer voice prostheses in his clinic in San Francisco.

Julia has also been involved in numerous research projects focusing on the communication and swallowing disorders following head and neck cancer and has co-authored over 30 journal publications. She is invited to present Nationally and Internationally, regarding dysphagia following head and neck cancer and laryngectomy management. Julia is a conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and runs the Multidisciplinary Swallow Clinic at St George Hospital, with Professor Ian Cook. Their research group now collaborates with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and The Microbiome Research Centre as they continue to investigate swallowing dysfunction following head and neck cancer treatment. In 2017-2019 Julia was President of the Australia and New Zealand Head & Neck Cancer Society an remains a member of their Executive Committee as well as a member of The Australian Research Foundation of ANZHNCS and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.