Jane is a passionate educator, early career researcher and certified practising speech pathologist. She teaches in the Bachelor and Master of Speech Pathology programs and is currently the Academic Lead for the Speech Pathology Teaching Section. Jane has worked in a range of clinical and community settings, with diverse populations in both Australia and the UK. Her academic and research interests include multidisciplinary team effectiveness, voice and voice disorders, the effects of detrimental change to communicative competence to self-identity and social participation, therapeutic communication skill development, 'consumer voice' in complex health care delivery and research, functional outcomes after head and neck cancer, impacts of social determinants of health on communication outcomes and the experience of transition (in education and healthcare). She is also a clinical educator and has run the voice screening clinic and routinely leads voice care training workshops. Jane has expertise in qualitative methodology but also supports mixed methods projects.
Jane has also worked as Course Coordinator for the Master of Speech Pathology and Director of First Year Studies for the School of Health Sciences, eLearning Theme Leader for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Jane's clinical experience inspired her to pursue her PhD. Her project focused on the experience of living with and supporting individuals with total laryngectomy. She received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Jane has supervised a number of research projects, including examining effective treatments for head and neck lympheodema; national survey of communicative competence after laryngectomy; preventing occupational voice problems experienced by university sector frontline service providers, the knowledge and utility of the ICF-Framework by practising speech pathologists and speech pathology students in Australia.
BAppSc (Speech Pathology)
Foundation Cert (Psychotherapy and Counselling)
Vice Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - 2016
Vice President Executive Dean's Education Award - 2017
Associate investigator. Chief Investigator - Prof. Sally Robinson. CNHS - COVID 19 Project grant ($49935)
Alone Toegther Project - Countering COVID-19 exclusion through community building
Lead for Establishing Transition Pedagogy Principles in First Year Curricula (ETPPFYC) project grant ($4000.00):
Supporting transition and learning using a “study team” approach with first year Bachelor of Speech Pathology students via different modes of delivery.
Faculty Establishment Grant ($7966.00)
Establishing an early career research agenda in effective and translatable treatments in head and neck cancer rehabilitation and for occupation induced voice problems.
Teaching related committees
Research related committees
In collaboration with students and colleagues across the three schools in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Jane developed several videos for first year bachelor students about the first year experience.
First Year Experience
Thriving and Surviving
Study Life Balance
Online at Uni
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