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Research Biography

Jo Murray is a lecturer in the area of adult acquired communication disorders in the Speech Pathology Department at Flinders University. Prior to that she was a lecturer and short-course coordinator in the Clinical Rehabilitation post-graduate program specialising in rehabilitation principles and practice, psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation and interprofessional education. Her passsion is in using interprofessional education and simulation to nurture students' personal and professional growth such that, as graduates, they are holistic, person-centred and work-ready.

Jo has over 25 years of clinical experience as a speech pathologist in rehabilitation for stroke, spinal cord injury, burns, general medical conditions and dementia. Her interest in optimising outcomes for individuals with aphasia, apraxia of speech and dysarthria led her to co-author a therapy resource Motor Speech Matters. She previously held positions of Senior Speech Pathologist at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre in Adelaide, SA and Director of Speech Pathology at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, NSW.

In September 2016, Jo completed her PhD which focussed on the fluid intake and hydration of stroke patients with and without dysphagia, including whether water protocols could improve the health outcomes of stroke patients who are aspirating thin fluids. She continues to research in the area of dysphagia particularly improving the health outcomes and quality of life of individuals living with swallowing disorders. She also plans to expand her research activities in the areas of dementia care and aphasia.

Research Interests

Jo is interested in pursuing interventions that improve the hydration and quality of life of individuals with dysphagia. Improving oral care for patients in hospital as a strategy for reducing aspiration pneumonia rates is another passion of hers.

She plans to expand her research endeavours to improving outcomes for people living with aphasia post-stroke and those with dementia by improving the communication skills of relatives and carers.

She is particularly interested in how health outcomes can be improved through interprofessional practice and education.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Flinders University

Award Date: 21 Sep 2016


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