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 the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University and affiliate status as Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney.

Professor Sue McAllister is an expert speech pathologist, placement educator, project manager, researcher, and academic. Her teaching, research and consultancy activities are directed to development of a high quality disability and health workforce that effectively contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Her work encompasses developing and translating evidence that supports the growth of professional expertise such as learning through work, assessment of performance, competency/outcomes and curriculum design. Her contributions have been recognised by a number of prestigious national awards and invitations to serve on advisory committees.

Professor McAllister’s research has transformed the culture of work integrated assessment and learning within her professional discipline of speech pathology through the ongoing development and support of the COMPASS®: Competency in Speech Pathology assessment tool (McAllister et al, 2013). Her research publications on work integrated learning and assessment have been cited by and informed WIL practices in 15 different health professions. Professor McAllister has been awarded over 2 million dollars of grants to support this research.

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


2020 Team, Vice Chancellors' Award, Outstanding educational engagement and innovation, The University of Sydney

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

Teaching interests

I have led and contributed to development and implementation of innovative educational models across multiple allied health professions for more than 30 years. This has included developing and fostering quality policies, academic practices, and research and education partnerships with industry providers. My current teaching expertise is in research and in work integrated learning.

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