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This presentation, a collaboration between ASLIA Victoria and Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) provides an opportunity for all those who interpret in schools to consolidate and expand their skills in this specialist area. The program is designed specifically for those who work in school settings, however registrations are welcome from: education support staff who interpret in schools, interpreters who work in schools and interpreters who work in other fields. Interstate registrations are welcome. Participants may attend the event in person or via video link from locations outside of metropolitan Melbourne.
The video and in person presentations by Dr Debra Russell, Dr Maree Madden, Julie Judd and Jen Blyth will be facilitated by Julie and Jen. The presenters will address the challenges faced when working in schools, mental health of interpreters, occupational health and safety (OHS) issues, Auslan to English skills and techniques to overcome terminology challenges. In addition participants will be provided with the opportunity to take part in an open forum to share knowledge, resources and tips.
Please note: Only credit card payments can be accepted for this event. Payment for bookings is not refundable.


Participants will consolidate and expand their skills in:

  • interpreting in educational settings
  • interpreter mental health and OHS issues
  • Auslan to English skills in educational settings
  • techniques to overcome terminology challenges.​


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Debra Russell is a Canadian ASL-English interpreter, educator and researcher. Her interpreting practice spans over thirty years, and continues focus on medical, legal, mental health and employment settings. She is the current President of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI). As the previous David Peikoff Chair of Deaf Studies at the University of Alberta, she has conducted research about mediated education involving interpreters, legal settings and legal discourse and on Deaf-hearing interpreter teams. She is extensively published and has presented in over 25 countries. She is also a dedicated student of yoga, who loves to travel.

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Maree is a qualified teacher of deaf students and a conference level interpreter. She has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary settings. In 2001, Maree gained her PhD from Griffith University, Brisbane and was principal of the Thomas Pattison School at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children from 2002-2005. She has worked as lecturer for undergraduate and post-graduate students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing strands of the teacher education program at Griffith University in 2007 and 2008. She developed and convened the Graduate Certificate in Auslan Studies at Griffith in 2007. Maree has worked as a Project Officer for Education Queensland, providing professional development and training for educational interpreters throughout the state. From 2011 - 2012, she was Director of Services at Deaf Services Queensland. Maree currently works as a freelance interpreter and mentor for educational interpreters in primary and secondary schools in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns and the Gold Coast. Her particular interests are: Auslan to English interpreting, bilingual education for deaf students, language acquisition of deaf students and occupational health and safety for interpreters.

Jennifer Blyth

Jen is profoundly Deaf and comes from a large Deaf family. She has been an active user of interpreters for all 17 years of her education - from Primary to Tertiary. Jen's idea of an effective interpreter evolves with every discussion about interpreting and believes that mutual respect is a great start. Jen has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology and is about to return to tertiary studies to study law. Jen has worked in the disability sector for a decade, both in Australia and the Federated States of Micronesia. Jen has worked with interpreters as both a consumer and as a Deaf Interpreter and brings an in-depth understanding of the challenges involved.

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Julie is a practicing Auslan/English Professional level interpreter, with 29 years' experience in the field. Julie was also recently recognised by NAATI as a Conference level interpreter (English to Auslan). She holds a Bachelor of Education (LOTE - Auslan) from La Trobe University and an MA in Auslan/English Interpreting from Macquarie University. Julie was formerly the coordinator of the VDEI/ASLIA Vic mentoring program for ES staff who interpret in classrooms within Victoria, Australia. Julie has delivered several workshops and training opportunities to interpreters. Julie is currently conducting Reflective Practice opportunities for interpreters and has received training in diagnostic performance analysis of practitioners from Northern Colorado University. Julie has previously served on the national and the state branch executive committee of the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association and is delighted to be appointed as the incoming president of ASLIA Vic. Julie is committed to enhancing the quality of interpreting provision and providing quality educational opportunities for interpreter practitioners.


The closest train station to VDEI is the Prahran station, on the Sandringham line.
The closest tram stops are Tram Stop 27 (cnr St Kilda Road and High Street) and Tram stop 28 (cnr Punt Road and High Street).


Parking is not available on site at VDEI. There are two options available:
  • Metered street parking is available on St Kilda Road and High Street; and
  • All day paid car parking is available in close walking distance to VDEI. For prices, please check their website.
    • Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Queens Road (crn Lorne Street)
    • Wilson Carpark, Queens Lane.
Dates and Times

Thursday, January 21, 2016

10:00 AM till 4:30 PM

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