DR DEBBIE PHYLAND Clinical Research Director Department of ENT, Head & Neck Surgery Monash Health Melbourne, Australia
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’.
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