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Professor Teresa Iacono Prof. of Rural & Regional Allied Health, Speech Pathology LTRHS

With a background in Speech Pathology, Teresa's clinical and academic interests are in severe communication impairment in people with developmental disabilities, as well as health and mental health issues faced by this group. As an academic in the La Trobe Rural Health School, she also works to support local communities to meet the needs of people with disability. Current projects address strengthening disability inclusion in mainstream systems. A recently completed project addressed options for Victorian Specialist Schools becoming centres of expertise in supporting inclusion in mainstream education. Current projects are addressing the nexus between the National Disability Insurance Scheme and school allied health services in creating streamlined services for school-age children with disabilities, and hospital encounters of people with cognitive disability. Past projects have addressed services for ageing people with intellectual disability and those who care for them Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease assessment and caring needs non-electronic communication aids for people with complex communication needs, and for people with Autism and preparing students and services providers to use digital literacies, particularly in delivering allied health to rural and regional communities.