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Ed Johnson

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Position: Founder, Umbo

Focus Area

Positive social change

Ed Johnson

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Position: Founder, Umbo

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

My goal is to help people in the bush to get better access to high quality health and social services, because everyone deserves to have a shot at being healthy and happy, regardless of their postcode.

 

I’m a speech pathologist who has practised in rural and remote Australia for ten years, working with people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, and in 2018 I co-founded online allied health service – Umbo. Umbo builds capacity in rural and remote communities through evidence-based digital practice, co-design, and compassion.

 

I originally trained in linguistics and anthropology, and this plays a big part in how I learn about communities and families with whom I work. In the future, our knowledge of and engagement with diversity will continue to be relevant as Australia moves to more individualised and community-led health and social services initiatives which will be informed by the spectacular diversity of culture and experience in our nation.

 

I’ve grown up with a very strong sense of social justice, and in all my work I’m inspired by the words of everyone’s favourite Czech existential anarchist, Franz Kafka, who said “Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”

 

Outside of Umbo, you can find me watching/playing/talking cricket, or playing the mandolin.

Skills & Expertise

  • Qualitative research (phenomenology, ethnography, thematic analysis, grounded theory)
  • Linguistics (language development, language learning, cross-cultural communication)
  • Public health policy and advocacy
  • Behavioural analysis and clinical speech pathology
  • Person-centred learning

"Umbo will help people with disabilities find their voice, communicate, and perform everyday tasks to help them live their best life."


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