Mrs Lilienne Coles


College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Flinders Medical Centre (7E105.2, Flinders Medical Centre, Level 7)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Lilienne has had the privilege of working in a variety of environments in South Africa, New Zealand and in South Australia. Her career started as a junior lecturer at the University of Pretoria and she has since worked in private practice, adult rehabilitation centres, early intervention centres for children with complex needs and in early intervention within government education departments.

As a practitioner she has over 25 years of clinical experience with specific interests in: early intervention for preschool children with complex needs; hearing impairment; non-verbal children; phonological awareness; delayed child language; and early childhood education.She has embraced opportunities in numerous junior and senior roles to learn and develop as a practitioner and as a professional in a variety of contexts.

Lilienne has been working in an academic environment since 2006. This includes six years at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand as a senior clinical lecturer and clinic manager and since 2012 in speech pathology at Flinders University, Adelaide. She is currently in a Teaching Specialist (Clinical Practitioner) role.


Masters in Speech Pathology (Research), University of Pretoria, 1990

Bachelor of Speech Pathology and Audiology (with distinction), University of Pretoria, 1980

Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP)

Honours, awards and grants

New Colombo Plan grant for an allied health international placement, 2018. ($ 36,000); 2019 ($ 46,200) ; 2020 ($46,200)

Key responsibilities

Lilienne's key responsibilities are clinical teaching and placement education and coordination (junior placements) for the undergraduate and the post graduate speech pathology programmes. She supports speech pathology student supervisors and students on placement; and contributes to clinical teaching, academic teaching and coordination of clinical skills topics. She conducts quality evaluation, facilitates research and provides advice on clinical education development to the University. She develops, monitors and maintains relationships and partnerships for work integrated learning placements. She also coordinates the curriculum content related to students' transition into practice as new graduates.

Teaching interests

Lilienne has a particular interest in clinical education and student supervision in work integrated learning environments. Developing interprofessional education opportunities and learning opportunities that provide quality, authentic opportunities of students is a current focus.

Topic coordinator
SPTH3903 Speech Pathology Practicum 1
SPTH3904 Speech Pathology Practicum 2
SPTH9122 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 1
SPTH9124 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 2
SPTH4720 Clinical Skills and Practice (Transition to Practice)
SPTH9128 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 4
Topic lecturer
SPTH9122 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 1
SPTH9124 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 2
SPTH4720 Clinical Skills and Practice (Transition to Practice)
REHB8101 Interprofessional Practice
Supervisory interests
Clinical education