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Ms Abigail Lewis

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5438
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5577
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.530  

Abigail is the Clinical Coordinator for placements and a Lecturer in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

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 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.

Professional Associations

  • Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)
  • Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID)
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)
  • Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment (AGOSCI)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA)
  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • West Australian Autism Diagnosticians Forum (WAADF)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2015 – Finalist in WA Clinical Supervision Awards Category 3 Innovation in Supervision for the development and evaluation of an ePortfolio and reflective practice across the course and training and evaluation clinical supervisors in the use of reflective supervision.
  • 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

  • 2017 - OLT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Development of curricula, resources and services that reflect a command of the field). For the development and implementation of an innovative clinical practicum program in Speech Pathology using reflective practice to optimise the development of students’ clinical skills.
  • 2015 – HERDSA Fellowship
  • 2013 – Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award 2013 Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning
  • 2012 – Executive Dean’s Award in recognition of tireless and enthusiastic work to develop both speech pathology and cross disciplinary initiatives

National and International Research Positions

  • 2012 – National Clinical Supervision Fellowship awarded by Health Workforce Australia

Research Areas and Interests

  • Clinical education – enhancing students' learning before, during and after placements
  • Using ePortfolios to develop reflective practice and competency
  • Reflective supervision – enhancing the training of clinical educators AAC – steps to successful implementation


  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Edith Cowan University, 2012.
  • Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability), The University of Sydney, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Speech), England, 1989.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Lewis, A., Kirkman, A., Holmes, L. (2019). Wellness in Allied Health students: the case for change. Health Education in Practice Journal for Research and Professional Learning, 2(1), 1-19.

Journal Articles

  • Lewis, A., Rudd, C., Mills, B. (2018). Working with children with autism: an interprofessional simulation-based tutorial for speech pathology and occupational therapy students. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 32(2), 242-244.

Journal Articles

  • Penn, C., Armstrong, B., Brewer, K., Purves, B., McAllister, M., Hersh, D., Godecke, E., Ciccone, N., Lewis, A. (2017). De-colonizing Speech-Language Pathology practice in acquired neurogenic disorders. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 2(3), 91-99.
  • Lewis, A., Macdonald, J. (2017). Supervision: Vital for speech-language pathology. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 19(2), 88-92.

Journal Articles

  • Strampel, K., Lewis, A. (2016). Personal development planning and ePortfolios in speech pathology: Staff and student perceptions. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 7(1), 22-41.

Conference Publications

  • Lewis, A., Moore, C., Nang, C. (2015). Using video of student-client interactions to engage students in reflection and peer review. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (Article 7). University of Wollongong.

Journal Articles

  • Lewis, A., Strampel, K. (2014). Implementation of an ePortfolio: Perspectives of speech pathology students. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 16(3), 139-146.

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.
  • 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.

Research Projects

  • Tracking changes in final-year speech pathology students’ AAC competencies from coursework into practice: implications for AAC users and AAC curricula design, AGOSCI Inc, Grant, 2019 ‑ 2021, $1,000.
  • Speech Pathology Clinical Education in Australia, Speech Pathology Australia, Grant, 2017, $52,338.
  • Developing Reflective Practice in Speech Pathology Supervision, Health Workforce Australia, National Clinical Supervision Fellowship Initiative, 2012 ‑ 2013, $22,796.
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