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Research Biography

Jane is a passionate educator, early career researcher and certified practising speech pathologist. She teaches in the Bachelor and Master of Speech Pathology programs and is currently the Academic Lead for Speech Pathology, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Jane has worked in a range of clinical and community settings, with diverse populations in both Australia and the UK.

Jane's clinical experience inspired her to pursue her PhD. Her project focused on the experience of living with and supporting individuals with total laryngectomy. She received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Jane has supervised a number of research projects, including one examining the occupational voice problems experienced by frontline service providers at Flinders University and another focused on the knowledge and utility of the ICF-Framework by practising speech pathologists and speech pathology students in Australia.

Research Interests

The effects of a detrimental change to voice and its impact on communicative competence,  self-identity and social participation,  prevention of occupational voice disorders, measurement and treatment for head and neck lymphoedema, critical appraisal of speech pathology practice and education, therapeutic communication skill development in speech pathology, redesign of allied health service delivery to improve healthcare outcomes and youth justice and role of speech pathology.

Current projects:

Supervising two honours students

1) An evaluation of self-directed online voice care education package

2) Scoping review of the motor and sensory changes in swallowing and voice in healthy aging

Co-supervising MPhil

Evaluation of social practices of parents with children with autoimmune conditions


Outpatient redesign -Neurosurgical waiting list.


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Research Areas

  • Cancer care
  • Speech pathology


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