Dr Breda Carty tells us why she loves working at RIDBC

28/01/16
RIDBC Renwick Centre, academic Dr Breda Carty, has dedicated the last 14 years teaching students and ensuring that services for children with sensory disabilities and their families across Australia and around the world are based on current evidence and are delivered by skilled and knowledgeable professionals. Dr Breda Carty, RIDBC Renwick Centre academic
RIDBC Renwick Centre, academic Dr Breda Carty, has dedicated the last 14 years teaching students and ensuring that services for children with sensory disabilities and their families across Australia and around the world are based on current evidence and are delivered by skilled and knowledgeable professionals.
 
In this issue, Trudy Smith, manager continuing professional education at RIDBC Renwick Centre, interviews Dr Breda Carty.

What is your professional history?

Dr Breda Carty: I have a BA from the University of Queensland, a Diploma in Education from Monash, an MA in Education of the Deaf from Gallaudet University in the US, and a PhD from Griffith University in Brisbane. I have worked as a teacher of the deaf in Boston (USA), Melbourne and Brisbane, and as a Research Fellow at Griffith University before coming to Renwick. 

How long have you worked at RIDBC and what were your motivations for working here?

Dr Breda Carty: I started full time in 2002 – so I’ve been here almost 14 years, but I was an adjunct lecturer here for several years before that, flying down from Brisbane to teach a course every year.
 
I was encouraged to apply for a job here by Director of the Renwick Centre, Professor Greg Leigh, who not only supported me in doing the adjunct work, but made me feel that Renwick and RIDBC would be great places to work, with lots of talented, friendly and committed people.

Describe the work you do at Renwick

Dr Breda Carty: I’m part of the teaching team for our Master of Special Education degree for people studying to become teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. I supervise students doing research degrees and participate in research projects myself. I also contribute to some of the continuing education offerings that Renwick provides every year.

Describe the work you do for other departments at RIDBC

Dr Breda Carty: I have had ongoing roles at the Thomas Pattison School and the Roberta Reid Centre - I taught history to the high school students at TPS for many years and I've filled in for literacy work and English teaching when staff have been on leave.  I currently provide one-on-one work with primary school children and read stories every week at Roberta Reid Centre.  I was even Santa Claus at one year!

Why do you enjoy working at RIDBC?

Dr Breda Carty: RIDBC provides so many diverse programs, and is continually seeking to improve and provide programs based on evidence based practice. It is easy to combine my interests in academic teaching and research, with involvement in the everyday practice of working with children and their families.

What are some of your RIDBC career highlights?

Dr Breda Carty: The highlights always include seeing students learn and go on to use their experience in productive ways - both Renwick students and the students I've worked with at Thomas Pattison School and Roberta Reid Centre. 
 
Through RIDBC Renwick Centre, RIDBC and the University of Newcastle have reversed a trend of diminishing professional specialisation in the field of educating children with a sensory disability. Over 818 graduates from the centre are now working to improve the educational opportunities available to children with sensory impairment around the country and the world.
 
More information about RIDBC teacher training, professional development and research is available at ridbc.org.au/renwick