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Associate Professor and Honours Coordinator: Deborah is Associate Professor in Speech Pathology in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. She coordinates the Speech Pathology Honours Program.
Associate Professor Hersh worked as a speech pathologist in London for three years, with both adult and paediatric caseloads, before moving to Adelaide in 1993. She worked for another 13 years in adult neurological acute, outpatients, rehabilitation, and community settings. In 1995, Deborah started the Talkback Group Program for Aphasia, established the Talkback Association for Aphasia in 1999 and was awarded life membership in 2009. In 2003, Deborah gained her PhD from Flinders University on the experiences of treatment termination in chronic aphasia. In 2002, she tutored in Clinical Ethics for medical students in the Department of Public Health at Adelaide University, and was employed as a postdoctoral research fellow for the University of Queensland on an NHMRC-funded project grant looking at person-centred goal setting in aphasia rehabilitation (2006-8). In 2009, she worked as a senior research fellow for the Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University, on the Smoking and Resilience study. In 2010, Deborah moved to Perth and took up a senior lectureship at Edith Cowan University. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. Deborah has been actively involved in Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) at national levels, serving on their Ethics Board, Fellowship Committee, ACQ/JCPSLP Editorial Board and three national conference organising committees, including taking the role of SPC Chair for the 2016 Perth SPA conference. She was awarded Fellowship of SPA in 2003. She has served on the committee of the Australian Aphasia Association and represented them on the Australia & NZ Expert Working Group of the National Stroke Foundation Stroke Management Guidelines: 2009-2010. She led the drafting and writing of the Aphasia section of the NSF Guidelines in 2010 and again in 2016 for their five year revision. Deborah was an affiliate of the NHMRC CCRE Aphasia Rehabilitation and contributed to the development of the Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway (AARP). She holds an Adjunct position Public Health at Flinders University. Deborah has over 60 publications, presents her work nationally and internationally, and has recently been part of the NHMRC-funded Missing Voices research exploring experiences of, and services for, Aboriginal Australians after stroke and brain injury.