Dr Joanne Murray

Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

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.

Qualifications

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

Awards

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.

Research expertise
Other medical and health sciences
Speech pathology
Research interests

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.

Teaching interests

Aphasia, cognitive communication disorders

Topic coordinator
SPTH3901 Acquired Language Disorders 1
SPTH3902 Acquired Language Disorders 2
SPTH3906 Clinical Skills and Practice - Complex adult disorders
Topic lecturer
SPTH3905 Clinical Skills and Practice
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
Dysphagia
Interprofessional education
Interprofessional practice
Swallowing disorders
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Dysphagia (3)
Associate supervisor: Dysphagia (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Dysphagia (2)
Associate supervisor: Dysphagia (3)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Meghan Campbell

Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation - APR 2018

Publications
Further information

ORCHID - 0000-0003-2994-4155

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