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When Things Go Bump In The Note: Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Injured Singing Voice

August 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$18.00 – $20.00

Workshop Content

  1. Minimizing and De-Catastrophizing Vocal Injury in Singers.
  2. Assessment of the singing voice (perceptual, endoscopic and stroboscopic evaluation, self-report)
  3. Signs and symptoms of dysfunction and pathology, what to listen out for and when to refer for further voice analysis
  4. Managing heavy vocal load and turning fatigue around quickly
  5. Influences on vocal health and development of pathologies
  6. Singing style differences, contexts and risk evaluation
  7. ‘The show must go on’ moments‐ what really works for those acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  8. Vocal Exercises: frequency, type, physiological rationale & efficacy. 


Workshop Speakers

Dr Debbie Phyland

Dr Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist, lecturer and researcher and has primarily worked for the past 30 years in acute hospital settings, private practice and part-time lecturing at Latrobe, Melbourne and James Cook Universities in voice, neurological and dysphagia subjects. Debbie is also a music theatre singer-performer combining her love of performance with her speech pathology career, bringing voice medicine to the performing arts. In 2002, she was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to the USA and Europe to study laryngology in relation to professional voice-users.

She is a co-founder of the multi-disciplinary clinic, The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre, and runs a busy private practice, Voice Medicine Australia. Debbie also works as the Clinical Research Director for the ENT Department of Monash Health and recently undertook a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship supported by the Garnet-Passe and Rodney-Williams Foundation. She is currently the Chair of the Voice Committee for International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and is the immediate past President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia (2014-2017).

Along with Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has been honoured with several awards including the Speech Pathology Association’s prestigious Elinor Wray (2010) award, and Victorian Green Room (2012) and Australian Voice Association (2014) awards for ‘Outstanding Contribution’. She has numerous publications across the ENT field in swallowing, voice and neurological conditions. Debbie completed her doctorate through the Department of Surgery, Monash University in 2014 researching ‘The impact of vocal load on the vocal folds of professional music theatre singers’.


Meaghan Sullivan

Meaghan has been working as a Speech Pathologist since graduating from Latrobe University in 2002. Prior to commencing speech pathology, she completed a Bachelor of Music specialising in
voice at the Victorian College of Arts. She has worked in various acute, sub-acute and neurological adult rehabilitation contexts. Meaghan also provides services to clients in the Ballarat and regional areas via her private practice which has a large paediatric caseload in addition to her adult neurologic and laryngology patient focus. She has worked as a lecturer, Musical Director and singing teacher for various universities including Federation University’s Musical Theatre Degree and has also enjoyed a successful singing and music performance career. She continues to sing in both choral and solo concert events when her busy life permits. She now enjoys combining her love of voice and science as a speech pathologist focussing on the application of a strong physiological model to improving and maintaining vocal health, fitness and efficiency.

Meaghan is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia, and a member of the Australian Voice Association, Laryngology Society of Australasia and the Australian National Association of Singing Teachers. She has attended and presented at many national and international speech pathology and ENT Specialist workshops and conferences on a variety of topics related to clinical voice management.


Workshop Details
Date: 24th Aug, Sat
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Academia Level 7 AC 7-10. 20 College Road, Singapore 169856.
Fees: $18 for SALTS members, $20 for non-members

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Cancellation Policy
Strictly no refund of fees


August 24, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$18.00 – $20.00
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Academia Building
20 College Road 169856 Singapore




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