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. She is passionate about teaching and learning and the links between teaching, research and practice.
2021 Dept Innovation and Skills SA Facilitating creative arts workforce mobility to develop the South Australian care workforce. C Brebner (CIA), E Bouvet, D West, P Torjul ($399,773)
2021 NDIS Commission Behaviour Support Project Grant: Empowering participants subject to regulated restrictive practices, S Robinson, A Fisher, C Brebner, S Attrill, J O’Neill, R Spencer, S Forte, L Blair, K Fisher, R Kayess, J Laurens, A Cooke, N Crates, M Spicer, K Webb ($748,395)
2021-2022 ANROWS Connecting the Dots: understanding the DFV experiences of children and young people with disability within and across sectors S Robinson, M O'Donnell, T Moore, F Arney, k valentine, C Brebner, A Marshall, J Idle ($197,147)
2020 Flinders University Evaluation of Interprofessional collaborative practice in COVID-19 Fast-tracked Telehealth in Community Services, S George, C Brebner, M van den Berg, C Barr, C Mpundu-Kaambwa, A Briley ($50,000)
2019 SA Health SA Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway Evaluation A Dymmott, S George, C Brebner ($50,000)
2019 Department of Industry and Skills SA 'Enabling the allied workforce providing NDIS funded services to develop business strategies' C Brebner (CIA), R Crouch & S Attrill ($54,000)
2017-2018 Department of State Development SA Building allied health workforce for NDIS funded service delivery C Brebner (CIA), A Lawless, S Attrill, L Coles & S McAllister ($467,044)
2017-2018 Department of Social Security grant ‘Expansion and diversification of the workforce – allied health student placements, people with disabilities and the NDIS’ R Johnson, L McAllister, S McAllister, C Brebner, A Lawless, J Gardner, L Callaway, P Morgam, S Hunter ($411,576)
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
Chris is interim Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching Innovation). 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 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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