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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 Degree and, in 2019, coordinates the Speech Pathology Bachelors Degree.
Deborah Hersh, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia. She has nearly 30 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, has been a guest editor for Aphasiology, and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She served as Chair of the Scientific Planning Committee for the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, and currently is Deputy Chair of the Australian Aphasia Association. Deborah supervises postgraduate research at Masters and PhD level and coordinates the Speech Pathology Honours program at ECU.She holds an Adjunct position in Public Health at Flinders University. Deborah has over 80 publications, and presents her work nationally and internationally. She was a CI on the NHMRC-funded Missing Voicesresearch 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 AboriginalAustralians after brain injury, and the Lowitja grant “Yarning Together”. She is also a CI with the LUNA research team based at City University, London.
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