Dr Joanne Murray

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Flinders Medical Centre Building (7E:542)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Jo Murray is Academic Lead of the Speech Pathology programs at Flinders University. She is a senior lecturer in the area of acquired language disorders and complex adult conditions. Her passsion is in using interactive and interprofessional learning opportunites to nurture students' personal and professional growth such that, as graduates, they are holistic, person-centred and work-ready.

Jo has over 25 years of clinical experience as a speech pathologist in rehabilitation for stroke, spinal cord injury, burns, general medical conditions and dementia. Her interest in optimising outcomes for individuals with aphasia, apraxia of speech and dysarthria led her to co-author a therapy resource Motor Speech Matters. She previously held positions of Senior Speech Pathologist at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre in Adelaide SA and Director of Speech Pathology at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle NSW.

In 2016, Jo completed her PhD which focussed on the fluid intake and hydration of patients post-stroke, including whether water protocols could improve the health outcomes of patients with dysphagia. She continues to research in the area of dysphagia particularly improving the health outcomes, oral health, hydration and quality of life of individuals living with swallowing disorders. She also researches in the areas of dementia care and communication impairment following stroke.


2016 PhD, Flinders University, SA

2009-2012 Masters of Science candidate, Flinders University, SA

1986 B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), Flinders University, SA

Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP)

Honours, awards and grants


2024 - Flinders University Enhancing Research Leaders

2018 - Future Leader in the Centre of Research Excellence for Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery

2017 - Flinders University Building Research Leaders Program

2015 - National Stroke Foundation New Investigator Award ($1000)

2014, 2015 - Flinders University PhD Research Student Publication Award ($500 each)

2012 - Stroke Society of Australasia Conference Scholarship

2009 - Central Northern Adelaide Health Service CEO Fellowship for international study ($5000)

Teaching awards

2014 Executive Dean's Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant ($5000)

Research Grants

2023 - Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant $23,000

2023 - Flinders Foundation and the Hospital Research Foundation Group SALHN Enquiry Grant $80,000

2022 - The Hospital Research Foundation Group $78,000

2020 - SA Dental $20,000

2019 - The Hospital Research Foundation Group $5000

2019 - Caring Futures Institute accelerator grant $3000

2018 - Allied Health and Scientific Office seed funding $3800

2017 - Flinders University Research Establishment Grant of $10,000

2012 - Speech Pathology Australia Post-graduate Research Grant of $2000

2011 - National Stroke Foundation Clinical Research Development Award Grant of $30,000

2009 - Royal Adelaide Hospital/IMVS Allied Health, Nursing and Pharmacy Grant of $33,000

2008 - Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Program, FMC $3000

2006 - Royal Adelaide Hospital Allied Health Research Grant of $1950.

2004 - Royal Adelaide Hospital Allied Health Research Grant of $6000

Key responsibilities

Jo is Academic Lead for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Program, Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) program, Masters of Speech Pathology, and Bachelor of Allied Health (Speech Pathology) program. She is topic coordinator and lecturer for adult acquired language disorders topics for the third year Bachelor of Speech Pathology program and teaches into the Masters program in the areas of aphasia and cognitive communication disorders. She supervises Honours student projects.

Teaching interests

Aphasia, cognitive communication disorders

Topic coordinator
SPTH7908 Complex adult practice - Honours
SPTH7906 Clinical skills and practice- complex adults - Honours
SPTH3908 Complex Adult Practice
SPTH3901 Acquired Language Disorders 1
SPTH3902 Acquired Language Disorders 2
SPTH3906 Clinical Skills and Practice - Complex adult disorders
SPTH7000A Honours thesis
SPTH7000B Honours thesis
SPTH3905 Clinical Skills and Practice - Complex Paediatrics
Topic lecturer
SPTH9123 Professional Studies & Communication Sciences (2)
SPTH9125 Professional Studies & Communication Sciences (3)
SPTH9127 Professional Studies & Communication Sciences (4)
Supervisory interests
Aphasia, diagnosis and rehabilitation
Cognitive training, diagnosed brain injury
Dementia care
Interprofessional education
Interprofessional practice
Swallowing disorders
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Dementia (2), Oral healthcare (1)
Associate supervisor: Dementia (1), Oral healthcare (1), Frailty (1)
Principal supervisor: Dysphagia (5), Dementia (1), Oral healthcare (1)
Associate supervisor: Dysphagia (6), Cognitive communication (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Meghan Campbell

Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation - APR 2018

Further information

ORCID - 0000-0003-2994-4155