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Lydia Timms

Lydia Timms

Lydia Timms was a PhD student within the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology. She has completed a Bachelor of Science Speech pathology with Honours in the ear health of Indigenous children in regional Western Australia.

Lydia has worked with Indigenous communities in Western Australia including STORMco service trips to Wiluna and an internship with Indigenous Community volunteers in Carnarvon. She is keen to use her knowledge and interest in language and Otitis Media to further improve education outcomes of Indigenous Australian school aged children.

Her PhD project reflects this desire and is exploring the connection between the presence of the middle ear infection and poor literacy results in Indigenous Children from Perth. She has been awarded a Curtin Research Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award to complete her PhD. Lydia has been working in metropolitan schools to provide literacy intervention to Indigenous children. She was using data collected in conjunction with the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre to analyse the differences in Literacy outcomes and progress of Indigenous children with and without Otitis media and the related hearing loss.


The relationship between literacy outcomes of Aboriginal school children in Perth and their ear health and hearing