Career Profile

  • A highly experienced speech pathologist, educator, researcher, and project manager, 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.


  • 1993 – Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). The University of Queensland
  • 1999 – PhD (Speech Pathology)University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • 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

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
  • 2011 – National Mediator Accreditation Assessment, Bond University
  • 2010 – Basic Mediation Theory and Skills Training, Bond University

Professional Experiences
(many part-time)

  • Research and professional project roles:
    • Information Linkages and Capacity Building project, Speech Pathology Australia
    • Early Years Footprint Project (Language and literacy outcomes of urban Indigenous children). Queensland Department of Education
    • Laying the Foundation for Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research in Child Health and Disability, Menzies Health Institute Queensland
    • Effective Decision-Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability Project, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT
    • Enabling Clinical Supervision Skills Projecthttp://www.ClinEdAus.org.au School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University
    • National Health and Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research
    • Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology, Pearson Clinical and University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    • Queensland University Inventory of Literacy project, University of Queensland
    • Competency Based Occupational Standards project, Australian Association of Speech and Hearing
  • Academic (teaching and research) roles:
    • Current: Associate Professor, Speech Pathology, University of Tasmania
    • Senior Lecturer, Speech Pathology, Griffith University
    • Lecturer, Department of Speech, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
    • Sessional clinical educator, problem-based and simulated learning facilitator, lecturer, tutor – The University of Queensland, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Griffith University, Singapore Institute of Technology, Australian Catholic University
  • Clinical:
    • Current: Professional supervision
    • Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, West Cumbria NHS Trust, UK
    • Private Practice
  • Statutory:
    • Ordinary Member, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland
    • Ordinary Member, Children’s Services Tribunal, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland

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