About me

Career Profile
  • A highly experienced speech pathologist, researcher, project manager and educator, with particular expertise working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 
  • Strength areas include: transforming and innovating learning and clinical resources, information, and experiences for distinct audiences; rigorous quantitative and qualitative research skills; and developing relationships with people and understanding their contexts.
  • Highly developed communication and teamwork skills with a proven track record in facilitating engagement in research and clinical projects.
  • Strong project management capabilities with highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to develop and drive innovative solutions.
  • Systematic and organised with a keen attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple, competing priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Hands-on, approachable and flexible with a strong focus on person- and family-centred care and a commitment to ethical practices.
  • A developing focus and passion for justice issues for people with communication difficulties and making information and resources accessible to support decision-making and participation.

1999 – PhD (Speech Pathology)University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1993 – Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). The University of Queensland
2021 – Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Queensland University of Technology

Service and memberships
  • Speech Pathology Australia – Certified Practising Member
  • Speech Pathology Australia Ethics Board – Elected Member
  • International Journal of Speech Language Pathology – Associate Editor
  • Speech Pathology Australia – 2021 National Tour presenter
Professional Experiences (many part-time)

2019-21    Project Advisor, Early Years Footprint Project (Language and literacy outcomes of urban Indigenous children), Metropolitan Region, Queensland Department of Education

2017-21    Senior Lecturer, Speech Pathology, School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University (Adjunct from 2021-)

2016-17    Research Associate, Effective Decision-Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability Project, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology

2013-16    Sessional clinical educator, problem-based and simulated learning facilitator, lecturer, tutor – Griffith University and Australian Catholic University

2013          Project Officer, Enabling Clinical Supervision Skills Project 
School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University

2005-12    National Health and Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow (part-time) University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research

2005-11    Ordinary Member, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland

2001-04    Post-doctoral Research Fellow – PPP Healthcare Medical Trust;
Sessional clinical education and lecturing, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 

2000-01    Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, West Cumbria Health Care NHS Trust, UK

1998-99    Lecturer – speech language pathology program teaching and research 
Department of Speech, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

1996-98    Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, West Cumbria Health Care NHS Trust, UK

1993-95    Research Assistant, Queensland University Inventory of Literacy project
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, The University of Queensland

1993-95    Speech-language pathologist, supervised private practice, Brisbane

1993-94    Research Assistant, Competency Based Occupational Standards project
Australian Association of Speech and Hearing, Brisbane

Other Qualifications and Achievements

2020 – Griffith University Teaching Excellence Award
2017 – QUT Academic Prize – Socio-Legal Research
2016 – New Colombo Plan Scholarship (DFAT) Taungoo University, Myanmar
2015 – Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2014 – National Health Education and Training in Simulation Program (NHET-Sim)
2011 – National Mediator Accreditation Assessment, Bond University
2010 – Basic Mediation Theory and Skills Training, Bond University

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