Jo Murray is a lecturer in the area of adult acquired communication disorders in the Speech Pathology Department at Flinders University. Prior to that she was a lecturer and short-course coordinator in the Clinical Rehabilitation post-graduate program specialising in rehabilitation principles and practice, psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation and interprofessional education. Her passsion is in using interprofessional education and simulation 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 September 2016, Jo completed her PhD which focussed on the fluid intake and hydration of stroke patients with and without dysphagia, including whether water protocols could improve the health outcomes of stroke patients who are aspirating thin fluids. She continues to research in the area of dysphagia particularly improving the health outcomes and quality of life of individuals living with swallowing disorders. She also plans to expand her research activities in the areas of dementia care and aphasia.
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)
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)
2014 Executive Dean's Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant ($5000)
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
Jo is topic coordinator for three 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.
Jo is interested in pursuing interventions that improve the hydration and quality of life of individuals with dysphagia. Improving oral care for patients in hospital as a strategy for reducing aspiration pneumonia rates is another passion of hers.
She plans to expand her research endeavours to improving outcomes for people living with aphasia post-stroke and those with dementia by improving the communication skills of relatives and carers.
She is particularly interested in how health outcomes can be improved through interprofessional practice and education.
Aphasia, cognitive communication disorders
Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation - APR 2018
Future research leader Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery Centre of research Excellence (CRE)
Member of Speech Pathology Australia's 2018 National Conference Planning Committee
Convenor of 2016 Aphasiology Symposium of Australia
Member of National Stroke Foundation's Speech Pathology Working Party for update of the Stroke Clinical Guidelines
Member of Stroke Society of Australasia
Member of Speech Pathology Australia
Clinical affiliate of the Clinical Centre of Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation. Contributor to the development of Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway (AARP)
Member of the Statewide Stroke Clinical Network’s Stroke Rehabilitation Work Group which developed the Pathway for stroke rehabilitation: A best practice guide for stroke rehabilitation services in South Australia ratified and published by SA Parliament
Member of Dysphagia Research Society
Member of Dysphagia and Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group, SA
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