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Ms Abigail Lewis

Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5438, Email: abigail.lewis@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.204
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5438  
Facsimile: (61 8)  63042616  
Email: abigail.lewis@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.204  

 

Current Teaching

Unit coordination

  • SPE1101 - Professional Standards and Competencies
  • SPE3107 - Clinical Practicum I
  • SPE3108 - Clinical Practicum II
  • SPE4102 - Speech Pathology Practice: Hospital Settings
  • SPE4103 - Speech Pathology Practice: Community Settings

Lecturer within the units

  • SPE1100 - EBP in Speech Pathology
  • SPE1102 - Language Across the Lifespan
  • SPE2105 - Clinical Decision and Support: ICF
  • SPE2103 - Analysis of Speech and Language
  • SPE2106 - Treatment Principles
  • SPE3104 - Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • SPE4105 - Professional Skills in Speech Pathology: Clinical Education and Reflective Practice 

Background

Abigail completed her undergraduate degree at Sheffield University in 1989 and worked in a number of paediatric positions in the UK including community clinics, special schools, special nurseries and a language unit. Migrating to Australia she commenced work in the disability field in 1996 developing a particular interest in working with children with autism. As the Autism Project Officer for Therapy Focus she completed ‘Forging Friendships: a social skills manual for children with autism spectrum disorders and other social skill deficits’ which continues to be published by Therapy Focus. 

During 13 years in the disability field, Abigail held a number of senior positions including Autism Specialist, Allied Health Officer and Clinical Standards Officer. The latter two roles involved staff training, resource development and standards monitoring. She was part of the team that developed Therapy Focus’ Life-long learning program – a competency based training program to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes of allied health professionals entering the disability field. Part of this program was further developed into the highly successful Graduate Program, taking 10 new graduates across disciplines each year and developing their competencies in the disability field. She has carried out Clinical Audits and Clinical Benchmarking across the Speech Pathology staff in Therapy Focus.

Abigail has presented at a number of conferences on a range of topics including family centred practice, using a clinical audit tool, supporting parents with learning difficulties, post graduate education in the disability sector, evaluating the school environment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developing the social, play and friendship skills of young children with disabilities. She has presented workshops for Speech Pathology Australia on ‘Autism: current strategies and practices for speech pathologists’ and ‘Being a successful educator’. She is currently completing a Masters in Developmental Disability. She has strong interests in disability, autism, developing friendships and social skills, working with diverse families, developing reflective practice, using family centred practice and developing family quality of life.

Professional Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • West Australian Autism Diagnosticians Forum (WAADF)
  • Australasian Study for Intellectual Disability (ASID)
  • Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)
  • Dyslexia Speld Foundation
  • Learning Difficulties Australia
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

Awards and Recognition

Other

  • Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) excellence award for outstanding contribution to service delivery in Early Intervention in WA (November 2009).

Research Areas and Interests

  • Disability
  • Autism
  • Developing friendships and social skills
  • Working with diverse families
  • Developing reflective practice
  • Using family centred practice
  • Developing family quality of life
  • Reflective practice

Staff Qualifications

  • GradCert (Graduate Certificate), Edith Cowan University, 2012 .
  • MHlthSc (Master of Health Science), The University of Sydney, 2011 .
  • Bachelor of Science, England, 1989 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Developing Reflective Practice in Speech Pathology Supervision,  Health Workforce Australia,  National Clinical Supervision Fellowship Initiative,  2012 - 2013,  $27,796.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Hersh, D., O'Rourke, J., Lewis, A., (2013), Collaboration Towards Inclusion: An interprofessional learning opportunity for education and speech pathology students. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 115-119, Australia.
  • Lewis, A., (2013), Reflective practice ? what is it and how do I do it?. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15(2), 70-74.
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