Speech Pathologist, Criminologist, 2017 Tasmanian of the Year
Speech pathologist Rosalie Martin is the founder of Connect42 and was awarded Tasmanian Australian of the Year for 2017 for her work in helping prisoners crack the code of reading.
With specialist knowledge in the acquisition of language, and in the processing and production of speech sounds, Rosie has been working with Tasmania’s Risdon Prison inmates to uncover hidden literacy problems and tackle them head on. As a result, many of the people in her programs learn to read in a matter of months, showing how many lives, currently on hold in prison, can be transformed. Her work with inmates led Rosie to complete Criminology Honours in 2016; and she has current plans to complete a PhD in Criminology.
Rosie also runs her own private practice, specialising in services for children with autism spectrum disorder and language-literacy disorders. She keenly feels the privilege of having been trusted, for nearly 35 years, in therapy by vulnerable children, their families, and other individuals over many years; but who has lamented inequity in access to service.
In 2015, Rosie completed accreditation as a Facilitator for the Centre for Courage & Renewal. She runs retreats and other events to bring this wholehearted work of courage development to leaders and others.