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Abigail is the Clinical Coordinator for placements and a Lecturer in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology.
Abigail Lewis has over 25 years’ experience as a speech pathologist in both the UK and Australia. She has worked in 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’. 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.
Abigail is passionate about teaching and the development of clinical competencies in students. As the Clinical Coordinator she is responsible for organising clinical placements for students across the course and developing clinical skills in students through workshops and tutorials to ensure students are well prepared for their clinical placements each semester. Clinical education is also her main research area – how to enhance students' learning before, during and after their clinical placements, using a range of innovative tools including videos and ePortfolios. She is also interested in how to better prepare clinical educators to supervise students, facilitating the development of a unique reflective supervision training package for WA. She has articles published in the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology, the Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, the Journal of Interprofessional Care, and the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice.
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. She is also a HERDSA fellow and was awarded an OLT citation for outstanding contributions to student learning in 2017.
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