The mission of the University of Queensland's Communication Disability Centre (CDC) is to enhance the life of people across their lifespan, with particular focus on those experiencing communication disability. 

The term communication disability refers to the impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions that affect an individual’s ability to interact and engage with the world in ways that are meaningful and fulfilling to them and their communication partners.

Through research and education CDC has continued to develop strategies and techniques to improve the lives of others.

The Communication Disability Centre has been at the University of Queensland since 1997. The CDC team is led by Professor Louise Hickson and Professor Linda Worrall and consists of a dynamic research team of audiologists and speech pathologists, with many national and international collaborations. The team welcomes enquiries from prospective Masters and PhD students, who are interested in the area of communication disability and actively seek collaborative ventures.

The aims of the CDC are: 

  • To provide a focus for national and international scholarship and applied research in communication disability
  • To disseminate research findings through publication, education and translation of research into practice
  • To foster relationships with key stakeholders in the research process to optimise impact and clinical relevance. 

The role of the CDC is to:

  • respond to the health-disease continuum through strategies of prevention and intervention
  • emphasise research that translates theory into practice
  • be committed to the dissemination of research findings
  • deliver education to undergraduate and graduate speech pathologists and audiologists.

The annual reports (see links below) provide more information about the CDC's mission, grants and awards, and research activities.


Active Communication Program (ACE)

The Active Communication Education (ACE) Program was developed to help adults with hearing loss to become more effective communicators and to provide them with strategies to cope better in everyday life. It is a rehabilitation option for adults with hearing loss who do not want to wear hearing aids or who want more than hearing aids can provide.


Communication Disability Centre section

CDC - Research

The CDC research program revolves around the centre’s mission of enhancing the quality of life of people across the lifespan, with particular focus on those affected by communication disability. The World Health Organisation...

CDC Team Profile

The CDC team is comprised of academic staff, research staff and students from Audiology and Speech Pathology, with numerous national and international collaborations.

Free resources for clinicians

Resources include: Adult Hearing Impairment: The development of the Active Communication Education (ACE) Program for older people with hearing im...

The Communication Research Registry

Are you interested in participating in research?

CDC - Annual Report 2013

CDC - Annual Report 2012

CDC - Annual Report 2011

CDC - Annual Report 2010