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

Jo Murray is course coordinator of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology and Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) programs at Flinders University. She is a senior lecturer in the area of complex adult disorders in the speech pathology teaching section. 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 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 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


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

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 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.

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
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