The mission of the University of Queensland's Communication Disability Centre(CDC) is to enhance the life of people cross their lifespan, with particular focus on those experiencing communication disability. 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, speech pathologists and occupational therapists.  The team welcome 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 stake holders 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 gerontological education to undergraduate and graduate speech pathologists and audiologists.


Communication Disability Centre section

CDC Team Profile

The CDC Team is comprised of Academic Staff, Research Staff and students from Audiology, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy. We are committed to the support and development of our members and we fully encourage: ...

CDC - Annual Report 2010

CDC - Annual Report 2011

CDC - Annual Report 2012

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 Communication Research Registry

Are you interested in participating in research?