Associate Professor Sue McAllister

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences (7E:553)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Sue McAllister has full academic status at Flinders University and is currently employed as Professor and Associate Dean for Work Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. Sue has over 30 years experience as a speech pathologist, clinical educator, project manager, and academic. She holds several roles including Head of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Honours (Speech Pathology) coordinator, member of the executive committee for the Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education and teaches evidence based practice and research. She has a number of national collaborations and research projects to support quality learning, teaching and assessment practice in speech pathology and other health disciplines as well as development of quality clinical assessments.

B. app Sci (Speech Pathology)
Masters Disability Studies
Honours, awards and grants


2014 Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia in Recognition of excellence and outstanding contribution to the profession.

2013 Office Learning & Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student learning
For facilitating the development and implementation of curriculum and assessment that supports students' learning for professional practice for multiple disciplines.

Elinor Wray Award 2009 (Speech Pathology Australia) for Contribution to the profession of speech pathology in the field of clinical education.

2008 Australian Award for University Teaching - Award for programs that enhance learning
Category: Educational partnerships and collaborations
Using Partnerships and Collaboration to Promote and Facilitate Best Practice in Assessment of Work Integrated Learning in Speech Pathology
Team: A/Prof MIchelle Lincoln, Prof Alison Ferguson, Dr Sue McAllister, A/Prof Lindy McAllister

2006 Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student learning
For the development of a reliable and valid national workplace competency assessment for speech pathology students
Team: A/Prof Michelle Lincoln, Prof Alison Ferguson, Dr Sue McAllister, A/Prof Lindy McAllister


2013 Faculty Seeding Grant: Clinical reasoning by speech pathologists during dysphagia assessment (leader)

2013 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT): Evidencing learning outcomes in Pharmacy curriculum (team member)


2012 Health Workforce Australia: COMPASS(R) Renewal Project (leader)

2009 & 2010 Faculty grants: Interprofessional Education


2008 Benchmarking COMPASS(R) for curriculum renewal (leader)

2007 Building leadership for quality learning in healthcare teams (team member & project manager)

2006 Benchmarking clinical learning (team member & project manager)

     Integrating competency based assessment into learning and teaching (team member & project manager)

Teaching interests

I have interest and expertise with regard to quality learning, teaching and assessment practice including curriculum design and outcomes/competency oriented curricula and strategies that support the development of thinking professionals who can apply their knowledge effectively in the workplace.I have a specific interest in facilitating the development of students' research skills as well as knowledge and skills in applying evidence to practice to support client centred care (Evidence Based Practice).

Supervisory interests
Assessment design
Professional competency
Work integrated learning
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Interprofessional learning in acute care environments (1), Transition to professional practice (1)
Associate supervisor: Paediatric dysphagia (1), Competency development and marginal students (1)
Associate supervisor: Influences on Competency Development in Speech Pathology Students (Univ of Sydney) (1), Cross linguistic transfer (1), Assessment of bilingual children, Development of speech pathology competencies in domestic and international students