BAppSc (Speech Pathology)Hons, Cert TESOL, AdCert TEYL, PhD
In 1998 Suzanne C. Hopf graduated with an honours degree in Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney. In 2012 Suzanne completed a Certificate of Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) and an Advanced Certificate of Teaching English as a Second or Other Language to Young Learners (TEYL). Suzanne's PhD, awarded in September 2017 and titled 'Supporting Fijian children's communication", provided recommendations for the holistic management of communication disability in Fiji. Suzanne's doctoral research also detailed an innovative four-stage Communication Capacity Research program for supporting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse people with communication and swallowing disabilities in underserved regions of the world. Suzanne's doctoral research was awarded prestigious Australian Linguistic Society Gerhardt Laves Scholarship in July, 2015, an Australian government Endeavour Awards Postgraduate Scholarship in December 2014, and a Charles Sturt University Post-graduate Research Scholarship in November 2013. Suzanne volunteered as a speech pathologist in South Africa before taking up a paediatric school-based clinical position with Education Queensland in early 1999. In 2001 Suzanne returned to The University of Sydney as a clinical educator before specialising in acquired communication and swallowing disorders of neurological origin at Sutherland Hospital in South-East Sydney. Suzanne held the position of Director of Speech Pathology at St George Hospital and Community Health Centre before starting her family in late 2005, and moving to Fiji in early 2009.
Suzanne teaches online into both the Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology and Master of Speech Pathology courses. She has a particular interest in nurturing students research writing and growing clinical decision making skills.
Suzanne is passionate about achieving equity in service provision for people with disability internationally. Suzanne's research seeks to apply the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO, 2001) to better understand how barriers and facilitators for supporting people with communication disability are created and reinforced by individual, community, and societal factors. Suzanne is committed to being a part of an international network of research practitioners who celebrate diversity and believe in sharing knowledge and resources for the greater benefit of all mankind where ever they may live.