Anna PannuzzoBBus(HRMgt), GradDipEd, DipNur
WorkPlace PLUS: Principal - HR Consultant
Anna Pannuzzo is the Principal of WorkPlace PLUS. With 20+ years of senior HR management experience in aged care, health and community services, local government and education, Anna brings dynamic energy and distinct value across performance management, training and restructuring. Anna's nursing background provides a unique insight into the HR challenges facing many employers.
WorkPlace offers human resource, employee relations and industrial relations support to organisations and businesses. Speech Pathology Australia has engaged the services of WorkPlace PLUS to provide members with initial free advice about employment issues including information about awards and contracts.
Catherine (Cathy) OlssonB.App.Sci(Speech Pathology), MSPA, CPSP
Speech Pathology Australia: National Advisor Disability
Catherine (Cathy) Olsson has provided speech pathology supports to people with disabilities, their families and supports since graduating, including 28 years as Professional Lead with Novita Children’s Services, and 4 years as Clinical Lead for Speech Pathology with Disability Services, the South Australian Government therapy service provider. Cathy is passionate about the speech pathology profession, and has a range of interests including exploration of the concept of participation for people with Complex Communication Needs, and Clinical Governance and allied health service provision.
Since early in 2014, Cathy has been focused on understanding the NDIS and the implications of the scheme for the delivery of speech pathology supports and outcomes for people with communication and oral eating and drinking difficulties and disabilities. It is possible that she knows as much (or more) about the NDIS, than anyone else on the planet.
Charlotte Forwood (Dr)PhD, MTeach, BAppSci(SpPath), DipEd(Prim), CPSP
Camberwell Girls Grammar School: Director of Learning Design and Development
Dr Charlotte Forwood is a registered teacher and certified practicing speech pathologist with over 20 years’ experience working with school-aged children in government, independent and special schools in Australia and the UK. She is currently the Director of Learning Design and Development at Camberwell Girls Grammar School. She has a particular interest in vocabulary development (the focus of her PhD thesis), language and literacy skills in upper primary/adolescence, transdisciplinary learning and language associated with metacognition.
In 2015 Charlotte completed a scholarship-based study tour which incorporated visiting the UK to learn about best practice when working with secondary students with Developmental Language Disorder. She is the co-designer and author of two programs developed to support teachers of students with Developmental Language Disorder: Independent Schools Victoria’s Secondary Schools Language Consultancy Program and the Middle Years Language Consultancy Program. In 2017 Charlotte was included in The Educator’s HOT list of educators in Australia.
Chyrisse Heine (Dr)PhD(Public Health), B.A(Speech & Hearing Therapy), M.A.(Audiology), M.Aud.S.A.(CCP), MAAAPP, FSPA, CPSP
Chyrisse Heine & Associates
Dr Chyrisse Heine is a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist. She has been practicing for over 30 years and has a PhD qualification in Public Health. Chyrisse has worked in a variety of clinical, research and teaching facilities as both a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist. She is a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, School of Allied Health, a Lecturer at Southern Cross University, School of Speech Pathology, a past Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, School of Primary Health Care, the Director of a Private Practice and the Senior Advisor, Speech Therapy for CABDICO, Cambodia. Chyrisse is also a director of Speech Pathology Australia. She is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia and has received the Audiology Australia Certificate of Outstanding Service.
Chyrisse has published three activity books, numerous articles in national and international journals and presented posters, papers and workshops at local and international conferences. Her particular interests are in the area of Central Auditory Processing Disorder, healthy ageing and dual sensory loss, audiology and aural rehabilitation, school readiness and the early identification and management of children who are at risk of developing language, learning and literacy difficulties.
Claire FormbyMPublicHlth, BAppSci(Speech Pathology), MSPA, CPSP
St Edmund's College: Wahroonga and St Gabriel's School, Castle Hill, NSW
Currently working as a speech pathologist at St Edmund's College and St Gabriel's School using the whole school approach, Claire enjoys working holistically and collaboratively within the schools and has initiated and coordinated whole school projects around language and social skills.
Claire has recently completed a Masters of Public Health with a health management focus. This has helped her take a big picture approach within her role.
Clare Burns (Dr)PhD, BSpPath, MSPA, CPSP
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital: Speech Pathology & Audiology Department
Dr Clare Burns is an advanced speech pathologist at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital with expertise in dysphagia and cancer care. She has experience in working at quaternary and regional hospitals in Queensland and also in the UK. She conducts clinical research in adult speech pathology telepractice services.
Dr Burns is the co-author of Speech Pathology Australia’s position statement on telepractice and has developed and implemented a range of telepractice service models supporting the swallowing and communication management of patients with head and neck cancer and adult clinical swallow assessment services.
Cori Williams (Dr)PhD, CPSP, FSPAA
Speech Pathology Australia: Senior Advisor, Evidence Based Practice and Research
Dr Cori Williams provides support related to research and evidence based practice to the Association and its members. She creates monthly evidence alerts which are disseminated via email, Facebook and Twitter, and worked with the Senior Advisor Professional Development and Certification to develop the Evidence Based Practice independent study resource available free to members to access online on the SPA website. Prior to her work with Speech Pathology Australia, Dr Williams was employed at Curtin University for 17 years.
Debbie Phyland (Dr)PhD, BAppSc(SpPath), DipEd, MAppSc, FSPA, CPSP
Voice Medicine Australia
Dr Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist having primarily worked for the past 30 years in acute hospital settings, private voice practice and Latrobe, Melbourne and James Cook Universities lecturing in voice, motor speech and dysphagia subjects. Debbie is also a singer-performer combining her love of performance with her speech pathology career, bringing voice medicine to the performing arts. In 2002, she was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to the USA and Europe to study laryngology. Debbie was a founding member and is now President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia and is also the Chair of the Voice Committee for the International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics.
She is a co-founder and partner of the multi-disciplinary clinic The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre and has a speech pathology private practice, Voice Medicine Australia, which comprises a team of seven speech pathologists. Debbie completed her PhD in 2014, is currently undertaking a 2 year post-doctoral Garnett-Passe Research Fellowship at Monash University and also works part-time as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the ENT, Head and Neck Department of Monash Health. Along with Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has been honoured with the prestigious Speech Pathology Australia Association’s Elinor Wray Award (2010) for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Profession’.
Georgia Burn is a speech pathologist whose career has centered around working with school-aged children and adolescents who have physical disabilities and complex communication needs. Georgia is passionate about utilising alternative access methods and inclusive technologies to enable independent communication using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies. Georgia works within the communication access team at Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre (CIRC), where she works with businesses and services to become accredited with the Communication Access Symbol.
Helen L. BlakeBSpPath(Hons), MSPA, CPSP
University of Technology
Helen L Blake is an associate lecturer in speech pathology at University of Technology, Sydney. A certified practicing speech pathologist, she is a member of the working party that developed Speech Pathology Australia’s national position paper and clinical guidelines "working in a culturally and linguistically diverse society" and a member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech.
Helen is finalising her PhD at Charles Sturt University supported by an Australian Post-Graduate Award Scholarship where she is researching English proficiency, intelligibility, and participation of multilingual speakers in Australia. Helen has previously lead the Speech Intelligibility Clinic, University of Newcastle. Helen’s work in Intelligibility Enhancement in multilingual speakers is informed by her previous role as a standardisation officer in Air Traffic Control.
Jane McCormack (Dr)PhD, BHlthSci(SpPath)(Hons), CPSP
Australian Catholic University: Senior Lecturer Speech Pathology
Dr Jane McCormack is a certified practising speech pathologist and senior lecturer in speech pathology in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology program at Australian Catholic University. Her clinical, teaching and research areas of interest and expertise focus on the experiences of children with speech and/or language difficulties and the provision of services that support individuals with communication difficulties and their families. She has applied the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO, 2001) to her work in this area and presented the SPA National Tour in 2015 on the topic of “Kids, Communication and Context”, which used the ICF as a framework for exploring the delivery of holistic care. Jane was a runner up in the Pursuit Award for international research into childhood disability (2013, Canada). She has co-authored the text, Child Development and Learning, and co-edited the text, Introduction to Speech, Language and Literacy. She has also authored chapters in Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years (Cambridge), Measures for Children with Developmental Disabilities: An ICF approach (Mac Keith Press), and Listening to Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (J&R Press).
Jennifer BoulterBSpchPath, CPSP
Queensland Health: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Jennifer graduated from University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UK) in 2003. She worked with a general adult caseload for a short period, before taking up a senior role in a Brain Injury rehabilitation unit, where she worked for 9 years. During this time she was involved in a number of decision-making capacity assessments, on a variety of matters (health, personal, legal, financial). In 2014 she emigrated to regional Australia and took up a permanent full-time position on the general rehab unit at Maryborough Hospital. During this time she has also had a 6-month stint as Acting Director of Speech Pathology (part-time job share).
Jennifer has recently developed a Work Instruction (jointly with Social Work) regarding the assessment of decision-making capacity. Input was sought from the Office of the Public Guardian, and the document is currently with a Queensland Health legal team to check accurate interpretation of relevant legislation.
Jenny BakerBSpPath, MSPA, CPSP
Fremantle Speech Pathology Services: Speech Pathologist, Clinical Educator
Jenny Baker is a Speech Pathologist with extensive experience in the assessment and intervention of written language - from early narrative constructions right through to analytical text-based essays, as well as everything else in between! Jenny has presented this workshop on numerous occasions to speech pathologists, teachers, tutors and parents both at DSF (Perth) and at The Language, Literacy & Learning Conference in 2017. Jenny has such a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge regarding written language; she is also committed to employing highly explicit teaching strategies, ensuring that workshop participants always have their learning goals met.
Joanne WaltersBAppSci(Speech Pathology), MSPA, CPSP
University of Newcastle
Joanne Walters is a qualified speech pathologist and a lecturer at the University of Newcastle. She has a particular interest in exploring and engaging with diversity in clinical education through the use of innovative models of clinical education that enhance the student learning experience. Current research projects include evaluation of a range of clinical education models and the use of simulation.
Jodi LipscombeBAppSci(Speech Pathology), MSPA, CPSP
Princess Margaret Hospital: Head of Department Speech Pathology
Jodi Lipscombe is a Speech Pathologist whose current role is Head of Department Speech Pathology PMH which is WA’s only tertiary paediatric service since 2006. Her areas of practice are paediatric dysphagia, feeding and tracheostomy. Prior to this position Jodi worked in disability with a therapy focus as discipline and team leader for 7 years. Earlier in her career she worked across a range of paediatric services and settings both clinic based and in school- based service delivery as a private practice consultant and in the child development services. Jodi is a member of SPA’s WA branch and has contributed to the development of the WA workshops and other advocacy activities.
Julia HanrahanBSpchPath, CPSP
University of Newcastle
Julia Hanrahan has experience working across adult and paediatric caseloads as a qualified speech pathologist, with a particular passion for adult neurological rehabilitation and speech pathology in international contexts. She currently practises as a clinical educator in university student clinics servicing both adults and paediatrics and is involved in clinical education research.
Julia Starling (Dr)PhD, LCST, MS(SLP), MSPA, CPSP
The University of Sydney, NSW
Dr Julia Starling is a speech-language pathologist with extensive clinical and research experience with populations of young people with language and literacy disorders. Her professional life has spanned many decades, countries and cultures. Julia has worked with community health multidisciplinary teams, with remote outreach organisations, with mental health services and as a university clinical educator, lecturer and researcher.
Julia has a particular interest in the nature, impact and support of language and literacy difficulty in older children and adolescents; her recent postgraduate research evaluated a professionally collaborative intervention for supporting secondary school students with Developmental Language Disorder. These interests have led to many national and international presentations and publications, and the further implementation of the evidence-based program in schools across Australia and the UK.
Julia maintains her private caseload of school-aged children and adolescents, regularly lectures and presents seminars and workshops, and continues an active involvement in research projects. She was the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia National Tour speaker. Additionally Julia is president of the Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.
Julie Cichero (Dr)PhD, BSpThy(Hons), MSPA, CPSP
University of Queensland: Consultant, Honorary Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor
Dr Julie Cichero is a speech pathologist and internationally recognized for her work in the field of feeding and swallowing disorders. For 26 years Julie has worked clinically and conducted research into dysphagia from infancy to old age in a range of public and private health care settings. Julie is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Clinical Sciences (QUT). She has also been a lecturer and researcher affiliated with The University of Queensland since 1996. Julie is an Honorary Senior Fellow with the School of Pharmacy, and an affiliate with the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology at UQ, and provides specialist lectures for the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Katherine PyeM.App.Sc(Speech Pathology), BA(Psych), BA(Ling)
La Trobe University: Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning & Care Centre
Katherine Pye leads the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC), at La Trobe University. The ASELCC is focussed on delivering intensive early intervention, and researching individual children's learning mechanisms and the effectiveness of specific intervention techniques. With 15 years' clinical experience in and outside of Australia, Katherine is very aware of the many appeals and challenges of working with this diverse population, and the often conflicting advice that is available to clinicians and families. Like many of us in the field, she is a believer in collaboration and sharing of skills as we all strive to improve our practice.
Scope Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre: Manager of Communication Services
Katie Lyon is a qualified speech pathologist and Manager of Communication Services at Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre. Katie has worked with children and adults with complex communication needs since 2002 in various roles including coordinator of the Non-Electronic Communication Aid Scheme (NECAS), and as an Assistive Technology Consultant for Spectronics. Katie is passionate about building the capacity of others to enhance communication access for all through practical workshops and resource development.
Laura GlissonBHlthSc(SpeechPathology), MSPA, CPSP
Dept Ed (WA): Outreach Coordinator and Support Officer, Speech & Language
Laura Glisson is a Speech Pathologist working within the Department of Education in Western Australia, in her role as Outreach Coordinator and Support Officer, Speech and Language at the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre (NEMLDC). Laura has 8 years of experience working within WA primary schools across a range of clinical and consultative positions. In her current role, Laura works to build capacity of teachers and Principals in best-practice interventions for children with language difficulties, including service delivery models for speech pathologists working in schools. Laura has a particular interested in oral language and the links with literacy, and in working closely with teachers to support children at risk of literacy difficulties.
Leigha Dark (Dr)PhD, BAppSc(SpPath)(Hons), CPSP
Australian Catholic University: University Lecturer Speech Pathology
Dr Leigha Dark is a certified practising speech pathologist and lecturer in Speech Pathology in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology program at Australian Catholic University. Leigha completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney in 2002 and her PhD, also at the University of Sydney, in 2010. Leigha’s clinical, teaching and research areas of interest and expertise focus on client and family experiences of using aided and unaided forms of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), perspectives of clients on ageing with a childhood onset disability and the functional changes associated with this process, engaging clients and families as partners in service delivery and refinement, and knowledge brokerage and translation. Leigha regularly utilises qualitative methodologies in her research to prioritise the voices and lived experiences of clients, families and community stakeholders. Leigha is also involved in projects exploring and evaluation approaches to teaching and learning within Speech Pathology, including multimodal approaches to curriculum development, authentic teaching and assessment, simulation and co-construction of learning content.
Leisa TurkingtonBAppSci(Speech Pathology), MSPA, CPSP
University of Queensland & Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Leisa is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland and is supervised by Professor Liz Ward and Dr Anna Farrell. Leisa has worked at a number of quaternary centres in the U.K and Australia since graduating in 1992 from The University of Sydney. Leisa has a special interest in compensation strategies used in neurogenic dysphagia including the use of SES in VFSS. The focus of her thesis examines the efficacy of a specific SES (Carbonation) when used during VFSS. This workshop will provide an overview of the research activity which forms the content of her thesis.
Mary GornikBAppSci(Speech Pathology), MSPA
Speech Pathology Australia: National Advisor - Education, Early Childhood & Projects
Mary Gornik is Speech Pathology Australia’s National Advisor – Education, Early Childhood & Projects. She has dual qualifications in Speech Pathology and Management which she has utilised in the Education, Community Health, Private and Early Childhood Intervention sectors. She has over 25 years of clinical and management experience working with students with speech, language, learning and literacy difficulties and disabilities in state, catholic and independent schools in Victoria. She has implemented whole school collaborative approaches to the management of learning difficulties and disabilities in primary and secondary schools.
Natalie Munro (Associate Professor)PhD, B.App.Sc(Speech Pathology)(Hons I), MSPA, CPSP
University of Sydney: Course Director BAppSC(SpPath) & Senior Lecturer
Associate Professor Natalie Munro is a certified practising speech language pathologist whose research, teaching and clinical interests span across child and adolescent language development and disorders. Dr Munro's research interests include: investigating individual differences in children's speech, language and social skills development among learners who have developmental language disorder (DLD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); and intervention research and evidence-based practice to support children and adolescents with additional needs, their families, their educators and their communities.
Natalie is a founding committee member of speechBITE and serves as an Associate Editor for IJLCD and an Editorial Board Member for LSHSS. Natalie is passionate about paediatric language.
Pamela ThuanBSpPath, MSPA, CPSP
Mahogany Rise Primary School: Intervention Co-ordinator
Pamela Thuan is a certified practicing speech pathologist with over 18 years experience working with school-aged children in government and special schools in Australia. She is currently the Intervention Co-ordinator at Mahogany Rise Primary School and implements the RTI model linked to the Victorian Curriculum across 3 schools. She has a particular interest in language and literacy skills in primary and adolescence, transdisciplinary learning and coaching of teachers/speech pathologist/speech pathology students.
In 2014 she began the Whole Class Language Interest Group for speech pathologists and leading teachers/principals implementing tier one oral language programs. She has developed a website of resources for speech pathologists and teachers, including scope and sequences linked to the Victorian Curriculum (www.languageintheclass.com).? She has presented at several conferences, provided presentations through SPA and spoke at the new Language and Literacy Conference in 2018.
Rachel ToshBSpchPath, MSPA, CPSP
Therapy Alliance Group
Rachel Tosh is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with a wide variety of clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient care in both Australia and the UK which enables her to translate theory into real life application across diverse clinical contexts. Rachel is passionate about: business; team leadership; literacy and feeding difficulties; educating and empowering others; and optimising therapy outcomes. Although these interests may seem diverse, the recurring theme through them all is a love for facilitating growth and development in others, so they can achieve their own unique potential. In addition to running her own large, multi-disciplinary, multi-site private practice she provides business coaching and consulting services to other private practice owners. Rachel helps private practice health professionals build successful, profitable, ethical and sustainable businesses that are also deeply fulfilling.
Rosemary SimpsonMEd(Oral Narrative), BEd, GradDip(SpecEd)
North East Language Development Centre: Retired Principal
Rosemary Simpson is a recently retired Principal of the North East Language Development Centre, an independent public school in WA, which caters for students with language impairments. The school provides direct intervention for ~250 students from Kindergarten to Year 1 and also provides indirect support to ~155 mainstream schools through building capacity of their staff to teach oral language and literacy skills. Currently, Rosemary is working as a consultant to schools in her newly established business, Tracks to Literacy, building their capacity to explicitly teach oral language skills. She works in partnership with the Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association, the Fogarty Foundation and Brightpath. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Special Education and Masters of Education (Oral Narrative).
Sally HewatPhD, BAppSc(SpPath), MSPA, CPSP
University of Newcastle
Dr Sally Hewat is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle and is recognised nationally and internationally as an academic leader in the preparation of students for speech pathology practice. She has a particular research interest in the disorder of stuttering. However, more recently she has focused on speech pathology in majority world countries, intercultural practice and education, clinical education, simulated learning and curriculum development.
Stacie Attrill (Dr)PhD, BSpchPath, CPSP
Flinders University: Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology
Dr Stacie Attrill is a Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology programs at Flinders University. Her research investigates clinical education outcomes for speech pathology and other health professional students, with a particular focus on culturally and linguistically diverse students and using education theory and models to facilitate effective placement learning outcomes and students’ transition to the workplace. Stacie has several publications related to international students in clinical education and is the current Chair of the Asia-Pacific Education Collaboration in Speech-Language Pathology (APEC-SLP).
Tanya Serry (Dr)PhD, M.A.(Applied Linguistics), BAppSci(Speech Pathology), MSPA, CPSP
La Trobe University: Discipline of Speech Pathology
Tanya Serry is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in the Policy Equity and Transition group. She is also a member of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University.
Tiffany NobleBPsych, MSpPath, GradDipSocSc, MSPA, CPSP
GoodStart Early Learning: National Manager, Speech Pathology
Tiffany is passionate about access and meaningful participation for all children in high quality early childhood intervention and education services. In line with current industry research, Tiffany works as the National Manager - Speech Pathology in the social inclusion team at Goodstart Early Learning; always striving to enhance positive lifelong outcomes for all children, especially those experiencing vulnerability, adversity or disadvantage. She works with all necessary key stakeholders at national and local levels via universal and targeted approaches to build communication and literacy rich environments within centres. Tiffany has worked across community health, rehabilitation, education & private practice settings. She has also been a guest lecturer, tutor and clinical educator in University undergraduate and postgraduate speech pathology programs. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Psychology, a Graduate Diploma in Social Science and a Masters of Speech Pathology.
Tricia McCabe (Professor)PhD, BAppSci(SpPath)(Hons), MSPA, CPSP
University of Sydney: Head of Discipline & Professor of Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr Tricia McCabe is Head of Discipline and Professor of Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. Tricia has published more than 75 peer reviewed journal articles, supervised more than 20 research students, and has had $3.6 million in research grants.
Tricia's research, teaching and clinical practice are all focussed on improving treatments for moderate-severe speech impairments in children and adults. In particular, she wants to improve treatments for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and this has resulted in the two Randomised Control Trials comparing different interventions in this population.
With a team of colleagues, she has developed the Rapid Syllable Transition Training intervention (ReST), a novel intervention which uses drill practice of non-words to improve the motor planning skills. This treatment has been shown to be effective in both face to face and telehealth service delivery. In 2017, a free internet based training program for clinicians in ReST was funded by The Ian Potter Foundation and this training will provide many more children with access to this innovative treatment.
Tricia is also interested in the application of EBP in speech pathology, service delivery innovations and professional voice user training. Tricia maintains a small private practice in Sydney providing second opinion assessments and treatment to children and adults with speech disorders. Tricia tweets as @tricmc on speech pathology topics and baking.
Trish JohnsonBAppSci(SpPath), MSPA
Speech Pathology Australia: Senior Advisor, Ethics and Professional Issues
Trish Johnson is the Senior Advisor, Ethics and Professional Issues, for Speech Pathology Australia. Trish provides advice and support to members and the general public regarding the ethical and professional conduct of speech pathologists. Trish also supports the Ethics Board in the education of members regarding the Code of Ethics and professional issues, and in the management of formal complaints. Additionally, Trish represents the Association on a number of national working parties and alliances, contributes to Association submissions and undertakes specific projects relating to professional issues particularly in the area of Aged Care.
Trish NicollMSpPath, MSPA, CPSP
Eileen O'Connor Catholic College
Wendy PearseBSpchPath, MSPA, CPSP
Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service: Principal Project Officer, End of Life Care
Over the past 25 years, Ms Wendy Pearse has worked as a speech pathologist with adults in acute hospitals, rehabilitation units and community health, where she developed a special interest in palliative and end of life care. In between clinical roles, she has worked as a project officer on safety and quality projects including accreditation programs and the national Ensuring Correct Patient, Correct Site, Correct Procedure Protocol, with the Commonwealth Department of Health, ACT Health and Queensland Health. Her current role as the End of Life Care Project Manager with Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has allowed her to combine advocating for person-centred care at the end of life, research and exploring ways to implement quality improvement programs. Wendy has a green belt in the Lean Six Sigma methodology and is a PhD candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her are of research is the Implementation of Advance Care Planning through Participatory Action Research.