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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.
Deborah Hersh, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia. She has over 25 years of clinical and research experience in speech pathology in the UK and Australia. She has published and presented extensively in the areas of discharge from therapy, professional client relationships, clinical ethics, group work, rehabilitation goal setting and acquired communication disorder in Aboriginal Australians following stroke and brain injury. In 1995, Deborah started the Talkback Group Programme for Aphasia, established the Talkback Association for Aphasia in 1999, and was awarded life membership in 2009. Deborah was an affiliate of the NHMRC CCRE Aphasia Rehabilitation and was involved in the development of the Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway. She was also a member of the expert working party for the development of the Stroke Foundation 2010 Clinical Guidelines and more recently for their 2017 revision, and contributed to their Enable Me website. Deborah has served on the Editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, and has been a guest editor for Aphasiology. She served as Chair of the Scientific Planning Committee for the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Deborah supervises postgraduate research at Masters and PhD level and coordinates the Speech Pathology Honours programme at ECU. She holds an Adjunct position in Public Health at Flinders University. Deborah has over 60 publications, and presents her work nationally and internationally. She was a CI on the NHMRC-funded Missing Voices research exploring experiences of, and services for, Aboriginal Australians after stroke and brain injury, and is now CI with the NHMRC Partnership grant: Enhancing rehabilitation services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury..
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