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Ms Abigail Lewis


Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5438, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.204
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5438  
Facsimile: (61 8)  63042616  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.204  


Abigail is the Clinical Coordinator for placements and a Lecturer in speech pathology within the School of Psychology and Social Science.

Current Teaching

Unit coordination

  • SPE1101 Professional Standards and Competencies
  • SPE3107 Clinical Practicum 1
  • SPE3108 Clinical Practicum 2
  • SPE4110 Clinical Practicum 3
  • SPE4111 Clinical Practicum 4

Lecturer within the units

  • SPE2103 Analysis of Speech and Language
  • SPE2106 Treatment Principles
  • SPE3110 Professional Issues in Speech Pathology
  • SPE4108 Topics in Focus in Speech Pathology


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 she 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 attitudes 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 competences in the disability field. She has carried out Clinical Audits and Clinical Benchmarking across the Speech Pathology staff in Therapy Focus.

She has presented at a number of conferences on a range of topics including reflection, ePortfolios, supervision, 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. I have presented workshops for Speech Pathology Australia on ‘Autism: current strategies and practices for speech pathologists’ and ‘Being a successful educator’. She has articles published in the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology.

She has completed a Masters of Health Science in Developmental Disability and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. She is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist as accredited by Speech Pathology Australia.

Professional Associations

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

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2012 – National Clinical Supervision Fellowship awarded by Health Workforce Australia
  • 2009 – Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) excellence award for outstanding contribution to service delivery in Early Intervention in WA (November 2009)

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2013 – Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award 2013 Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning
  • 2012 – Executive Dean’s Award in recognition of her tireless and enthusiastic work to develop both speech pathology and cross disciplinary initiatives

Research Areas and Interests

  • Students’ and staff responses to the use of ePortfolios across a course
  • The development of reflective practice in students
  • Training clinical educators in reflective supervision
  • Use of videos in the development of clinical skills

Staff Qualifications

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


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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