Outreach Staff

Deb Cavanagh (Deputy Principal – Outreach)

Working days: Monday & Tuesday

I am the Deputy Principal, for the Outreach Team and a Level 3 Teacher. My role in the team is to bring an educational perspective to the speech team, supporting mainstream schools in developing the capacity of teachers to deliver best practice in literacy and oral language.

My personal “why”: To work with like-minded and passionate educators to build the knowledge, capacity and confidence of all teachers to deliver differentiated teaching to students so they can be happy and successful learners for life.

Outside of work, I love being with my three sons and fabulous husband on our farm. I love nature and feel that we are all responsible for protecting it. I enjoy gardening, reading and wish that I had a cook and cleaner in my life!



Alannah Murray (Speech Pathologist)

Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

I began working for the NEMLDC Outreach Service in 2012, after graduating as a Speech Pathologist. I am passionate about running effective and engaging professional learning for educators, and alongside my role here at the LDC, I am also the Australasian Instructor for the Hanen ® Program, Learning Language and Loving It™. I really enjoy working as part of the Outreach Team, collaborating with teachers to ensure the best language outcomes for the students  in mainstream schools. When I’m not at work I’m often travelling  for my Hanen Instructor role, taking dance classes  or spending time with my husband and dog.




Justine Stewart (Speech Pathologist)

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Working days: Monday, Tuesday, alternate Fridays

I joined the NEMLDC outreach team in 2009. I have been involved in a variety of different roles during my time at the LDC. I am particularly passionate about keeping up to date with evidence based practice so that I am able to support teachers to obtain the best possible oral language outcomes for students. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and walking adventures with my husband, daughter and friends.






Cindy Stirling (Speech Pathologist)

Working days: Monday to Friday

My journey with the NEMLDC Outreach Service began in 2012, after I graduated as a Speech Pathologist. When I first joined the team I didn’t really understand the huge impact that Speech Pathologists can have on the language and literacy development of all school aged children. Now it is something I am really passionate about and invested in, especially in the early years. One of the best things about this role is working side by side with educators – I love giving them tips and strategies, but also learning from them. Educators are very special people and it is a privilege to support them.   I my spare time I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and hanging out with my family.