The mission of the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Canterbury is to achieve national and international excellence in research, clinical service, and education in human communication sciences and disorders. We work together in an environment of integrity, cooperation, enthusiasm, and mutual respect.
To accomplish this mission the Department:
- Promotes rigorous and imaginative classroom and clinical teaching to develop innovative and skilful professionals able to provide best practices to persons with speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders in medical, educational, and community settings
- Educates practitioners and researchers to develop and maintain high ethical standards of quality services and scholarship
- Prepares scholars in the science of speech, language, hearing and swallowing to advance the knowledge base of the discipline
- Provides an integrative, innovative, holistic and culturally sensitive approach to cost-effective care for individuals, families and the community
- Promotes leaders to influence policy and promote clinical standards for the benefit of all persons in need of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing services.
- Encourages a staff and student community committed to academic freedom, personal tolerance, and equal dignity for all; the importance of facilitating effective communication; and an appreciation of speech and language therapists and their contribution to other disciplines.