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Resume for Dr Jane Remington-Gurney

Employment background

  • 2019
    Private practice
  • 2017
    Private practice. Adjunct research fellow, The Hopkins Centre, Griffith University.
  • 2011- 2016
    PhD candidate. Griffith University Adjunct Research Fellow.
  • 2009 – 2011
    Course designer for 3 ASQA accredited courses in Complex Communication Needs
  • 1998-2009
    Private Practice.
  • 1992 -1998
    Advisor, Department of Communities, Child Safety & Community Care, Brisbane.
  • 1986 -1992
    Professional Development Co-Ordinator, Speech Pathology Association Australia + Senior Therapist Anne McDonald Centre, Melbourne.
  • 1984 -1986
    Speech Therapist Honiara, Solomon Islands/ Visa Officer For British Embassy/ Private Practice Port Hedland, WA.
  • 1979 – 1984
    Head of Department Queensland Cerebral Palsy League.
  • 1978 - 1979
    Senior Therapist UK Health Authority
  • 1976 – 1979
    Speech Therapist Saint John General Hospital, Canada.

Professional qualifications

  • 2020
    Clinical Therapy Dog Handlers Course.
  • 2011 – 2016
    PhD. Health Faculty, Griffith University, Queensland, Aus.
  • 1992 + 2007
    Cert IV - Training & Assessment, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1986-1992
    Master’s Degree Applied Linguistics, University Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1978 – Present
    Specialist training in non-speech communication and Motor Speech Disorders including: Instructor /Advanced level Training in Makaton (Key word Signing), Blissymbols, Facilitated Communication Training, Amer-Ind (American Indian Gestural Code), & PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Government workshop training in topics such as communicating in plain English, Policy development, grant writing, writing for publication and the use of Information Technology.


  • 1991
    ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) Scholarship award.
  • 2014
    Three Minute Thesis, Winner Higher Degree by Research Category, Griffith University
    Three Minute Thesis, People’s Choice Winner Higher Degree by Research Category, Griffith Uni.
    Continuing Student Scholarship, Griffith University.
  • 2013
    Three Minute Thesis, Winner Higher Degree by Research Category, Griffith Uni.
  • 2009
    Master Trainer FCT, Syracuse University, New York, USA.
  • 2003
    Valued staff member of the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland 2003.

Key Conference Presentations

  • 2018
    Australian Group On Severe Communication Impairment. International Congress. Gold Coast 2018. Two poster sessions.
    Webinar. Strategies used by communication partners. Invited presenter for AGOSCI.
  • 2016
    International Association Scientific Study Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,
    1. Paper: "Conversation Strategies & Systems Analysis: A tool to identify hot spots in conversations where augmentative and alternative communication is used".
    2. Poster: “Conversations using Augmentative & Alternative Communication: More than just ‘talk’”.
    3. Poster: “Conversation strategies & systems analysis: A tool to identifying hot spots with people who have Down Syndrome”.
  • 2015
    World Congress Neurology and Epidemiology.
    1. Paper: ‘Eye Blinks to iPad’.
    2. Guided Poster: Transcription Analysis in AAC.
    Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment,
    1. Paper: Augmentative and Alternative Conversations
    2. Poster: Transcription Notation in AAC .
  • 2011
    Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment.
    Paper: Best Practice or No Practice
    Autism Behavioural Intervention Conference.
    Paper: Best Practice or No Practice
  • 1996
    International Society for Augmentative & Alternative Communication (ISAAC),
    Invited Speaker Research Symposium Paper-Presentation, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Community Presentations

  • 2015
    AAC workshop contribution to a Griffith University, Human Services and Social Work research project
  • 2009
    Augmentative Communication Workshops. Syracuse University, New York.
  • 2007-2008
    Training for National Relay Service Operators, Brisbane.
  • 2000 – 2012
    Guest lecturer, customised workshop and lesson delivery to government and non-government disability sector in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand. Topics included: communication strategies, key word signing, social and emotional wellbeing, use of visual strategies, music for language and learning (joint presentation with music therapist), designing communication displays and speech-language development.


  • 2020
    Remington-Gurney, J. (May 2020), Course 1. Setting the Scene. Online course in package: Training to be a Communication Partner for Someone with Communication Impairment.
  • 2018
    Remington-Gurney, J. Communication assistants in Queensland: A survey of their engagement in conversations without speech. InFocus. 43(1), p.10-14.
  • 2013
    Remington-Gurney, J. Scaffolding conversations using AAC. Journal of Social Inclusion. 4(1), 45-9
  • 2010
    Remington-Gurney, J. Designer of three articulating courses accredited by Australian Skills Quality Authority.
    • • Course in Augmentative and alternative communication-30973Qld
    • • Certificate IV in Complex communication needs- 30974Qld
    • • Diploma Of Complex communication needs – 30975Qld
    Remington-Gurney, J. & Craner, R. Music & Augmentative and Alternative Communication Therapy. AGOSCI In Focus. 30 (1), 16-18.
  • 2006
    Remington-Gurney, J. Measurable Outcomes: Treatment of people with severe communication impairments. Australian Communication Quarterly, 8(3), 140-144.
  • 1992
    Crossley, R., & Remington-Gurney J., Getting the Words Out. Topics In Language Disorders, 12(4), 29-46.
  • 1991
    Remington-Gurney, J. The significance of the verbal story line for encoding and decoding television news. Melbourne Papers in Applied Linguistics, 3, (1)41-53.

Non-Peer Reviewed publications

  • 2010
    Craner, R., & Remington-Gurney, J. (2010) Songs to Learn By. Published by Music for Growth.
  • 2009
    Remington-Gurney, J. A Slice of My Life – Personal Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication. January 2009. Self-published. ISBN 978 0 646 50480 Peer review by Speech Pathology Australia by Kirsten Tranter, Gill Greenwood, and Caterina Thompson.
  • 2006
    Rett Syndrome Research. Chapter in ‘It Takes Two Girls’. 2006. Resource for Rett syndrome fundraising.

DVD Resources

  • 1991
    Three articulated DCD educational resources (FCT Introduction, Working with Pre-Schoolers, Towards Independence), created with the Dept of Communities, Brisbane.
  • 1984
    Cerebral Palsy League. Script and editing of video educational resource entitled: ‘Everybody has to eat’. A resource for people assisting children with cerebral palsy to experience safe mealtimes.

Current Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Association of Australia (SPAA) Australian Group On Severe Communication Impairment