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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 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


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. 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 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. Since completing her Masters in Developmental Disability in 2011 she has completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Recent research interests have included the use of ePortfolios for undergraduate students, developing reflective practice, training clinical educators in reflective supervision and reflecting on videos to develop clinical skills.

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)

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

  • Lewis, A., Strampel, K., (2014), Demonstrating competency through an ePortfolio: student perceptions. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 16(3), 139-146.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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