Associate Professor Stacie Attrill


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Research Biography

Stacie is the Director of Teaching Programs (Health Professions) in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and a Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology. Her primary research interests are in health professional placement education; and learning outcomes for international students in health professional education, which were topics explored in her PhD (University of Sydney). Stacie is also involved in research projects investigating health professional service outcomes for people who are culturally and linguistically diverse, and her clinical research explores mealtime experiences for people with swallowing difficulties. Stacie is a member of the Prideaux Centre for Health Professions Education, and was previously a Course Coordinator in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

Research Interests

Stacie's PhD (University of Sydney) researched the development of clinical competencies in international and domestic speech pathology students. Her research interests include learning and teaching in health professional placements and internationalisation. Stacie's clinical research interests include health service experiences of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and mealtime experiences of people with dysphagia.

Stacie offers higher degree research supervision in the area of health professions education and has a specific interest in work-integrated learning where she leads several projects. Stacie has also offered honours projects to students interested in clinical education, rehabilitation, and adult acquired communication and swallowing disorders. She has successfully co-supervised honours projects with clinicians working in the adult field, and welcomes opportunities to continue to offering projects that reflect the needs and interests of the health professional community.

Selected current projects:

  • Mutual learning: intercultural skills and knowledge developed through supervising culturally and linguistically diverse students in health professional placements
  • International students' perceptions of learning in their first year of study in an Australian university setting.

  • Swallowing function in motor neuron disease €“ a longitudinal study of changes in biomechanics and quality of life
  • Speech Pathology Australia: Clinical Education in Australia
  • Comparison of a positive mealtime experiences in Residential Aged Care compared to the family home
  • Features and strategies identified by clinical supervisors to a clinical education scenario prior to and following a professional development workshop

Research Areas

  • Speech pathology

Supervisory Interests

  • Health professional education
  • Dementia care, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Rehabilitation and aged care
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • CALD, culturally and linguistically diverse, needs
  • Work integrated learning, medical and allied health
  • Clinical education


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