Chris originally trained as a Speech Pathologist and she has worked in Singapore, Australia and the U.K. in a range of paediatric settings. Her teaching and research interests encompass what health professionals need for practice, and how best to support this, and early communication development particularly for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
2019 Department of Industry and Skills 'Enabling the allied workforce providing NDIS funded services to develop business strategies' ($54,000) C Brebner (CIA), R Crouch & S Attrill
2017-2018 Department of State Development project grant ‘Building allied health workforce for NDIS funded service delivery’ ($467,044) C Brebner (CIA), A Lawless, S Attrill, L Coles & S McAllister
2017-2018 Department of Social Security grant ‘Expansion and diversification of the workforce – allied health student placements, people with disabilities and the NDIS’ ($411,576) R Johnson, L McAllister, S McAllister, C Brebner, A Lawless, J Gardner, L Callaway, P Morgam, S Hunter
2016 Singhealth research grant SG$9600 Z Zheng, V Lim & C Brebner
2016 Speech Pathology Australia Project Officer - Transfer of Clinical Competency project, phase 3 ($5000) C Brebner (CIA)
2014 Speech Pathology Australia Project Officer - Transfer of Clinical Competency project, phase 2 ($8000) C Brebner (CIA)
2014 Department of Education - AsiaBound Mobility Grant ($13,500) C Brebner (CIA)
2013 Speech Pathology Australia Project Officer - Transfer of Clinical Competency project ($5000) C Brebner (CIA)
2013 Flinders University - Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, Large Research Grant 2013 ($6000) J Jovanovic, C Brebner & A Lawless
2010 Community Benefit SA grant ($12,600) C Brebner (CIA), S Attrill
2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
2013 Flinders University - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
2013 Flinders University - Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Executive Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award
2006 Ember Venning Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Speech Pathology and Audiology ($2,500)
Chris is Dean (Education) in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She also supervises research higher degree students and is actively researching in the areas of: early communication development; assessment of bilingual children's language skills; and allied health workforce.
Member of Speech Pathology Australia (Certified Practising Speech Pathologist)
Executive Member, Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences
Accreditor for Speech Pathology Australia (2008-2017)
Member of Asia Pacific Education Collaboration in Speech Language Pathology
Chris is actively researching in the areas of children's early communication development, bilingual language development, work integrated learning and development of workforce capacity.
Current projects include:
- collaborative partnerships with early childhood educators in the identification of communication impairment
- bilingual language development ,impairment and assessment
- allied health workforce.
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