2020-21 Australian Science Policy Fellow: Matthew
What were you researching before you started as a Science Policy Fellow?
I have a research and clinical background in speech pathology. My research investigated the assessment and treatment of communication changes that can occur in progressive neurological disorders, with a focus on dementia. In particular, I researched brain-behaviour associations using acoustic measures of speech. I also worked as a university lecturer, where I trained future speech pathologists.
How has your research background helped you contribute to policy development?
My research training has allowed me to develop skills in critical thinking and communicating complex ideas which are really applicable to evidence-based policy development.
How has the program changed your career aspirations?
The program has made me realise how transferrable my research experience is to the policy setting. I have really enjoyed the challenges of working in policy development and plan to continue my career in the APS.
What is your favourite part about working in a policy role in the Australian Public Service?
I really enjoy the complexity of working on policy within the APS. I’m constantly being presented with new and interesting challenges, and really value that our work to solve policy problems will have a positive impact for the Australian community.