Associate Professor Chris Brebner

Dean (Education)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North Wing (N124)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

Qualifications
PhD
Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)
Honours, awards and grants

Grants

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

Teaching Awards

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

Research Awards

2006 Ember Venning Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Speech Pathology and Audiology ($2,500)

Key responsibilities

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.

Research expertise
Curriculum and pedagogy
Disability
Health professional education
Speech pathology
Research interests
  • Child language development and disorders
  • Bilingual language development and disorders
  • Early communication development
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Clinical education
  • Complex communication needs in children
  • Supporting people with disability
  • Workforce capacity
Teaching interests
  • Child language development and disorder
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Work integrated learning/placement education
Supervisory interests
Disability
Early communication development
Language development and disorder in bilingual children
Language development/disorders in children
Organisation of health workforce
Speech pathology
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Bilingual language development (1), Early communication development (1), Rural health workforce (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Bilingual language development (2)
Associate supervisor: Autism interventions (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Allied health
Childcare
Communication and interpersonal skills
Disability
Health/Medical education
Language/Linguistics
Speech
Children
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Media expertise
  • Allied health
  • Childcare
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Disability
  • Health/Medical education
  • Language/Linguistics
  • Speech
Interests
  • Children
Further information

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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