International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference (IARC)



1–3 July, 2024       Brisbane, Australia

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference (IARC) 2024 in Brisbane, Australia.

The conference will bring together a global community of researchers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, students and service providers dedicated to improving the lives of people with aphasia. The conference will feature keynote presentations by international leaders in aphasia and will showcase the latest research and best practice in aphasia rehabilitation fostering new opportunities for collaboration. We are delighted for the event to be hosted in person by the Queensland Aphasia Research Centre (QARC), The University of Queensland.

We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane for IARC 2024.

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Event details


1–3 July, 2024


Advanced Engineering Building, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Australia


The International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference (IARC) is a premier event in the field of aphasia rehabilitation. IARC 2024 promises a dynamic and informative gathering, bringing together researchers, clinicians, educators, and professionals dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of aphasia. The conference will be in person only. There will be no online presentations or attendance.

To view a list of all of our speakers, please visit our speakers information page. You can also download the IARC 2024 Program (PDF, 3.4 MB).


Registration is now open and will close at 11:59pm AEST on 24th June. You can register via our UQ Payments Portal.

Registration type



Full registration


All registration types include access to all sessions for the 3 days of the conference, daily catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) and access to a networking event from 5-7pm on Day 1 of the conference. There is no day registration.

All prices are given in Australian dollars (AUD$).

The conference dinner and CATs retreat are optional extras.

* Delegates from countries listed here are eligible for discounted registration.

Our conference sponsors would like the opportunity to contact you to provide information about relevant services and products. Please contact us if you do not wish for your details to be provided to conference sponsors at

Any questions about registration or the conference dinner can be directed to

Student registration
(PhD/Doctor of Philosophy, Masters, undergraduates, Honours students)


Low and middle income country delegates*


People with aphasia, family members, friends or carers
(attending all 3 days of the conference)


During the registration process, you will have the option of purchasing tickets for the conference dinner and advising attendance and accommodation needs for the CATs retreat. Please refer to the ‘Additional events’ section for details. For more information for people with aphasia, family members, friends or carers, please download our IARC 2024 aphasia information document (PDF, 247.7 KB).

Any questions about registration or the conference dinner can be directed to

Travel Information

Plan your trip to Brisbane with ease. Find information on airports, transportation, and local attractions on our global partnerships website.

For information on getting to the University of Queensland, please donwload our Getting to IARC information document (PDF, 1.8 MB).


For those attending the conference and in search of discounted accommodation options, you can download our IARC 2024 accommodation options document (PDF, 168.3 KB) that contains all the necessary information. This guide provides details on how to secure discounted accommodation, making your stay more affordable during the conference.

Contact Information

For inquiries, please reach out to the Queensland Aphasia Research Centre team at

Additional Events

Access Session

Please access our Access Session EventBrite page to register for this session.

From 1.30–5pm on Day 1 of the conference, there will be a session dedicated to sharing research with people with lived experience of aphasia. People with aphasia, their family members, friends and carers are welcome to attend this session for free.

The session will include 5 oral presentations and 20 poster presentations.

Presenters will talk about their research in a way that helps people with aphasia to understand the process and outcomes. This means that they will:

  • not use jargon,
  • reduce their rate of speech,
  • provide written information.

People will be able to ask questions at any time.  If required, we can provide a support person to assist people with aphasia and to help them ask questions and make notes.

Please note: Research in this session will be presented in an accessible format, however all conference delegates are encouraged to attend. These presentations will not be repeated elsewhere in the program.

International Aphasia Research Conference Dinner

2 July 2024 6:00pm–9:00pm

You are invited to join us for a Conference Dinner on Tuesday 2nd July at Saint Lucy from 6-9pm.

Saint Lucy is a relaxed Italian restaurant located at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, just 5min walk from the IARC conference building and close to the Brisbane River (with UQ CityCat ferry terminal close by). Offering alfresco dining accessible to a range of mobilities, Saint Lucy is the perfect setting for delegates to unwind, connect and enjoy Brisbane in July. A dinner ticket includes shared antipasti, choice of 1 main, dessert and 1 drink on arrival for $55pp. Additional drinks can be purchased on the night. Tickets will be an optional extra when registering for the conference.

The Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs) Retreat

4-5 July 2024

Join us on beautiful North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), Brisbane on the 4 and 5 July 2024 as we connect as a collaboration in our 11th year, funded by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia. Across the two days, there will be a range of activities and opportunities to connect and collaborate for existing and new members, and non-members. Our programme will be hybrid, available in person and online (although please note the time differences across our countries), and is as follows:

  • Thursday morning and early afternoon: formal short presentations outlining the direction of the collaboration as a whole (delivered by co-chairs Professors Lucy Dipper and Madeline Cruice) and the seven working groups and network activities (Trials for Aphasia panel, Early and Junior Career Researcher, Global Engagement, Research Officer and Dissemination) with discussion opportunities throughout and breaks for morning tea and lunch. Leads will share highlights, current activities, and future aspirations with the specific purpose of strengthening our ties within CATS-4 across the working groups, as well as looking externally for new members and partners.
  • Thursday late afternoon: extended informal oral/hybrid presentations particularly from PhD researchers or early-stage researchers, although all members and non-members of CATS-4 are invited to submit an abstract and share, followed by light drinks reception and networking on the beach.
  • Friday morning and afternoon: Members of working groups and network activities will meet to progress current activities, and guests (non-members) will be welcome to observe and participate in specific groups/ activities (this will be clearly highlighted on the programme). 

Tickets will be an optional extra when registering for the conference. To learn more about The Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists you can visit the CATs website.

Better Conversations Communication partner training for acquired neurological conditions

30th June 2024 - University of Queensland St Lucia Campus - 10:00-16:00 - in-person only

A clinical course for speech and language therapists to build practical skills in delivering communication partner training. Delivered by: Dr Anna Volkmer (UCL and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square) and Richard Talbot (UCL and Independent speech and language therapist) who are both members of the Better Conversations team.

This course will be held 30th June 2024 at University of Queensland St Lucia Campus, St Lucia, Brisbane (10:00-16:00 - in-person only). Please visit the UCL psychology and language sciences website for full event details and registration.

Sponsors and partnerships

Gold sponsor

Plena Healthcare Logo

Trade exhibitors

Australian Aphasia Association LogoAccess Easy English Logo

A range of sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available for the 2024 event. Being a sponsor or exhibitor is a fantastic way to build relationships and connect with speech pathologists, other health professionals and researchers and people with aphasia and their family members. Please take a look at the IARC Sponsorship prospectus (PDF, 431.4 KB) or contact us at if you want to discuss or explore these options further.

Call for abstracts

Abstract submission has closed. We were delighted to have received over 140 abstracts from 19 countries. Authors have been notified of accepted abstracts. 

During the conference, awards will be given for best aphasia-friendly presentation and best abstract in the following categories:

  • Higher degree research student (Masters of Philosophy, PhD)
  • Early career researcher (up to 8 years post PhD)
  • Mid career researcher (8-15 year post PhD)
  • Clinician (employed in a clinical role). 

About the Queensland Aphasia Research Centre

Established in 2019, QARC is the first centre of its kind in Australia, embedded within a health service. Over the past four years, the Centre has built a multidisciplinary team of over forty researchers, clinicians and students with backgrounds in speech pathology (speech and language therapy), linguistics, psychology, engineering, software design, law, allied health, neuroscience, and sociology.

Since its inception, QARC has:

  • Led the development of new aphasia treatment programs that increase access and improve outcomes.
  • Enabled access to technology for people living with aphasia.
  • Undertaken research in partnership with consumers, clinicians and community members to co-produce interventions, systems and standards that improve quality of care and outcomes.
  • Fostered increased collaborations between clinicians, researchers and people living with aphasia.
  • Provided support, training and resources for clinicians and students.

For more information about our research please visit the QARC website.

About Brisbane

The Brisbane River (Maiwar)

Brisbane is the capital of Australia’s Sunshine State, Queensland. Founded on the traditional Aboriginal land of the local Turrbal and Jagera/Yuggera peoples, it is a modern and vibrant city boasting world-class restaurants, a burgeoning art scene and ‘Aussie’ wildlife exhibits. Close to many of Australia’s top tourist attractions (Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef) it is the ideal destination for touring before or after the conference.


Professor David Copland 

Associate Professor Sarah Wallace


Organising Committee

  • Sarah Wallace
  • Kim Barron
  • Bridget Burton
  • Emma Caird
  • Jade Dignam
  • Pamela D’Netto
  • Pippa Evans
  • Michelle King
  • Jennifer Lee
  • Rachel Levine
  • Margot Sexton
  • Genevieve Vuong
  • Hannah Wedley 
  • Linda Worrall
  • Peter Worthy
  • Sally Zingelman


Program Committee

  • David Copland
  • Lisa Anemaat
  • Anthony Angwin
  • Claire Bennington
  • Jade Dignam
  • Sam Harvey
  • Rachel Levine
  • Marie McSween
  • Kirstine Shrubsole
  • Stephen Wilson