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How to make evidence-based decisions about treatments for poor readers

Macquarie University Reading Clinic Professional Development Workshops

The goal of this workshop is to equip people with the knowledge and practical skill needed to make evidence-based decisions about reading interventions.

Time, Date and Location:
9:00 am – 1 pm
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre

About the speaker:
Professor McArthur is the Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, and Head of the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University. Over the last 20 years, she has held positions at the University of Western Australia (PhD student and researcher), Curtin University (lecturer), Oxford University (Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow), and Macquarie University (NHMRC and ARC Research Fellow and administrator). The goal of her research is to determine what causes reading and language impairments in children, and discover how these impairments should be best treated. She is an active advocate for the rapid translation of scientific evidence into clinical practice.

About the workshop:
This workshop comprises three parts:

Part 1 outlines a step-by-step guide on how to make evidencebased decisions about interventions for poor readers (or, indeed, interventions for any condition).

Part 2 will illustrate this step-by-step process by assessing the evidence for numerous popular commercial products that are advertised as effective treatments for poor reading.

In Part 3, attendees will practice using the step-by-step process to assess evidence for and against interventions of their choice.

Workshop Outcomes:
By the end of the workshop, attendees should be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to make an evidence-based decision about the efficacy of any intervention based on existing scientific evidence.

Who should attend?
This workshop will be useful for people who need to make decisions about treating literacy problems; for example, teachers, special educationalists, speech pathologists, ophthalmologists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners.

Preparation before the workshop:
Prior to the workshop, attendees should identify at least one intervention that they wish to evaluate during the workshop. Ideally, each person will bring their own tablet (e.g., iPad) or laptop with wireless internet access (we will provide free wifi). If you do not have your own tablet or laptop, please email so that we can arrange a device for you. Please email

Morning tea will be provided. Please email with any dietary requirements

Course Materials:
A course workbook including all materials will be provided on the day.

Getting There:
MGSM’s Macquarie Park Executive Centre is just 15kms from Sydney’s CBD and is easily accessible by car and public transport. Secure on-site parking available free of charge for attendees.

By car:
The Macquarie Park Executive Centre is an easy, 20 minute drive from Sydney’s CBD and approximately a 35-minute drive from Sydney’s Domestic and International Airport. On-site parking is free of charge for MGSM Executive Accommodation and conference centre guests (conditions apply).

By train:
From 30 September this year, trains into and out of Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde stations will be replaced by Station Link bus services.
You can now plan your trip at for when the Epping to Chatswood train line will be unavailable due to upgrade works, before Sydney Metro Northwest opens in the second quarter of 2019.

By bus:
Buses arrive and depart just a few minutes' walk from the Macquarie Park Executive Centre and travel to and from many Sydney Metropolitan areas, including the City, Hills District, North Shore, Chatswood, Manly, the Ryde and Carlingford areas, and the Western Suburbs.

For more details on how to get there click here

Enrol in two different Reading Clinic workshops and receive 10% off the total price! For more information and to enrol in multiple workshops contact Natalie Dunn

Current MQ staff and MQ full time students are eligible for discount. Please contact Natalie Dunn to enrol. The MQ staff and student discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount
(e:; p: +61 2 9805 3103)

DISCLAIMER: We have the right to cancel a workshop due to lack of numbers up to 2 weeks prior to workshop date. If minimum numbers are not met, all enrolled students will be informed via email and will recieve a full refund.

Cancellation Policy and Rules:
1. In the event of course cancellation due to inability to fill the minimum number of participants, Access Macquarie Ltd will fully refund the course fee. No additional losses will be covered.
2. If a registrant cancels before the registration deadline of 1 week before the workshop, 80% of the fee will be refunded. The remaining 20% will be kept as an administration fee.
3. No refund is available after the registration deadline. However, another person may attend in your absence. At the discretion of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, an 80% refund may be offered on production of a medical certificate.

Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

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