Stacie Attrill

Associate Professor Stacie Attrill

Program Head, Speech Pathology

School of Allied Health Science and Practice

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Stacie's primary research interests are in health workforce development and systems design for service provision, health professional education, and learning outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Stacie also leads several research projects investigating health professional service outcomes for people who are culturally and linguistically diverse, and she is currently exploring the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse health professionals in Australia.

Stacie's clinical research explores mealtime experiences for people with swallowing difficulties. She has a particular interest in how people make decisions about the care they receive, and she applies this to research about the decisions that people with neurodegenerative conditions make about their swallowing and communication.

Stacie offers higher degree research supervision in allied health practice and health professions education projects and has a specific interest in allied health workforce planning for diverse communities where she leads several projects. Stacie also offers supervision for projects in clinical education, rehabilitation, and adult acquired communication and swallowing disorders. She has successfully supervised HDR students to completion, and is currently working with health practitioners from a variety of disciplines across clinical and education research. Stacie welcomes opportunities to investigate research areas that reflect the needs and interests of the health professional community.

HDR supervision

Principal  Supervisor: 2 current

Associate Supervisor: 6 current

Research interests

  • Health and disability service provision models and workforce planning
  • Allied Health workforce development
  • Health service access and outcomes for culturally diverse minority communities
  • Health professions clinical education and competency development
  • Swallowing and dysphagia - experience and decision making

Current projects in the areas of:

  • Health and disability service provision for culturally diverse populations
  • Culturally diverse health workforce
  • Health professional identity development
  • Mealtime and swallowing experiences for people with neurodegenerative conditions
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Foley, K., Attrill, S., & Brebner, C. (2021). Co-designing a methodology for workforce development during the personalisation of allied health service funding for people with disability in Australia. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 680.
    2021 Bright, F., Attrill, S., & Hersh, D. (2021). Therapeutic relationships in aphasia rehabilitation: Using sociological theories to promote critical reflexivity. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 56(2), 234-247.
    2021 Francis, R., Attrill, S., & Doeltgen, S. (2021). The impact of cognitive decline in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on swallowing. A scoping review. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10 pages.
    2021 Attrill, S. L., McAllister, S., & Brebner, C. (2021). Not too little, not too much: supervisor perceptions of work-readiness of speech-language pathology graduates. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 20 pages.
    2020 Suen, J., Attrill, S., Thomas, J. M., Smale, M., Delaney, C. L., & Miller, M. D. (2020). Effect of student-led health interventions on patient outcomes for those with cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular disease risk factors: A systematic review. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 20(1), 332.
    DOI Scopus2
    2020 Foley, K., Attrill, S., McAllister, S., & Brebner, C. (2020). Impact of transition to an individualised funding model on allied health support of participation opportunities.. Disability and rehabilitation, 1-10.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2020 Attrill, S., Lincoln, M., & McAllister, S. (2020). International students in professional placements: supervision strategies for positive learning experiences.. International journal of language & communication disorders, 55(2), 243-254.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2019 Attrill, S., Dymmott, A., & Wray, A. (2019). Clinical supervisor training: using critical incidents to identify learning outcomes.. The clinical teacher, 17(4), 401-407.
    2019 Doeltgen, S., Attrill, S., & Murray, J. (2019). Supporting the development of clinical reasoning of preprofessional novices in dysphagia management. Seminars in Speech and Language, 40(3), 151-161.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
    2018 Attrill, S., White, S., Murray, J., Hammond, S., & Doeltgen, S. (2018). Impact of oropharyngeal dysphagia on healthcare cost and length of stay in hospital: A systematic review. BMC Health Services Research, 18(1), 18 pages.
    DOI Scopus54 WoS53 Europe PMC20
    2018 Attrill, S., Brebner, C., & Marsh, C. (2018). Learning from students: Facilitators' learning in interprofessional placements.. Journal of interprofessional care, 32(5), 603-612.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC1
    2017 Attrill, S., Lincoln, M., & McAllister, S. (2017). Culturally and linguistically diverse students in speech–language pathology courses: A platform for culturally responsive services. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19(3), 309-321.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2017 Brebner, C., Attrill, S., Marsh, C., & Coles, L. (2017). Facilitating children's speech, language and communication development: An exploration of an embedded, service-based professional development program. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 33(3), 223-240.
    DOI Scopus4
    2017 Ward, H., Gum, L., Attrill, S., Bramwell, D., Lindemann, I., Lawn, S., & Sweet, L. (2017). Educating for interprofessional practice: moving from knowing to being, is it the final piece of the puzzle?. BMC Medical Education, 17(1), 5-1-5-9.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    2016 Attrill, S., McAllister, S., & Lincoln, M. (2016). Predictors of professional placement outcome: cultural background, English speaking and international student status.. Perspectives on medical education, 5(4), 222-230.
    DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC1
    2016 Attrill, S., Lincoln, M., & McAllister, S. (2016). Supervising international students in clinical placements: perceptions of experiences and factors influencing competency development.. BMC medical education, 16(1), 180.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS18 Europe PMC6
    2015 Attrill, S., Lincoln, M., & McAllister, S. (2015). International students in speech-language pathology clinical education placements: Perceptions of experience and competency development. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17(3), 314-324.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS13 Europe PMC4
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2020 Attrill, S. (2020). Psychology in Practice: Speech Pathology. In P. Barkway, & D. O'Kane (Eds.), Psychology: An Introduction for Health Professionals (1st ed., pp. 385-389). Australia: Elsevier Australia.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2021 Attrill, S., & Chewter, P. (2021). Emerging identity: the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse speech pathologists in Australian practice. In Speech Pathology Australia Conference 2021.
    2012 Attrill, S., Lincoln, M., & McAllister, S. (2012). Student diversity and implications for clinical competency development amongst domestic and international speech-language pathology students. In International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Vol. 14 (pp. 260-270). England: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12 Europe PMC6
    2010 Attrill, S., & Gunn, S. (2010). Clients becoming teachers: Speech-language pathology students' understanding of rehabilitation following clinical practicum in a rehabilitation setting. In International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Vol. 12 (pp. 142-151). Adelaide, AUSTRALIA: INFORMA HEALTHCARE.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1


2019 Attrill, S., Barr, C., Wilkinson, B., & Pront, L. ‘Virtual reality experiences that facilitate workplace acculturation for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students in professional placements’. Australian Collaborative Education Network $10,000

2019 Brebner, C, Crouch, R, & Attrill, S. 'Enabling the allied workforce providing NDIS funded services to develop business strategies' Department of Industry and Skills $54,000

2018 Attrill, S. 'Decision making about swallowing and communication in Motor Neuron Disease: a framework to support individuals, carers, families and health practitioners' Flinders University CNHS Near Miss Award- $20,000

2018 Speech Pathology Australia New Research Grant 'Being a culturally and linguistically diverse speech pathologist in Australia: exploring practice experiences and perspectives' - $15,000

2017 Department of State Development project grant ‘Building allied health workforce for NDIS funded service delivery’ - $467,044

2017 Attrill, S., Brebner, C., Lind, C, & Wray, A. 'Mutual learning: intercultural skills and knowledge developed through supervising culturally and linguistically diverse students in health professional placements'. Prideaux Centre for Health Professional Education - $10,000.

2009 Community Benefit SA Grant (SA Government Department of Family and Community) - $12,000 "Teaming up to enhance the communication skills of disadvantaged children".

External Consultancy

2017 Hewat, S., Walters, J., Hill, A., Penman, A., Arnott, S., Attrill, S., Lewis, A., Nichols, R. Clinical Education in Australia project. Speech Pathology Australia - $52, 338.

2014 'Clinical supervision skills initiative', Health Workforce Australia (HWA). $31,800 Contracted to Attrill, S., Kortman, B. & Wray, A.

Stacie is the Head of Program for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Her teaching includes themes related to swallowing and dysphagia; cognition and language; experience of disability; clinical education and professional practice.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Non-invasive brain stimulation in the treatment of post-stroke aphasia: neurophysiological insights and opportunities for clinical translation. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ellen Evelyn Robison Williams
    2021 Principal Supervisor The lived experience of vulnerable families accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Miss Jessica Lee Charlton
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - ongoing External Supervisor Experiences of allied health students who experience failure or marginality in practice placements Flinders university Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Amanda Wray
    2020 - ongoing External Supervisor Use of technology to enhance learning and teaching outcomes in allied health practice education Flinders university Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Fleur Golder
    2020 - ongoing External Supervisor Cognition and swallowing in Motor Neurone Disease Flinders university Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Rebecca Francis
    2019 - ongoing External Supervisor Communication with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in practice placements University of Queensland Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Anne Pearson
    2018 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Student Nutrition Service for patients with peripheral artery disease Flinders university Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Jenni Suen
    2016 - ongoing External Supervisor Children’s early communication difficulties in early childhood education & care setting Flinders university Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Tara Shem
    2015 - ongoing External Supervisor Learning-focused clinical supervision Flinders university Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Leeanne Pront
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2012 - 2014 Director Speech Pathology Australia Board of Directors Speech Pathology Australia Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Member HREC Low Risk Review Group Health Sciences University of Adelaide Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Professional Standards Steering Committee Speech Pathology Australia Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member Charles Sturt University Speech Pathology External Advisory Committee Charles Sturt University Australia
    2016 - 2018 Chair Asia-Pacific Education Collaboration - Speech-Language Pathology (APEC-SLP) APEC-SLP Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Australia & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Education (ANZAHPE) Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education Australia
    2001 - ongoing Member Speech Pathology Australia Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2008 - ongoing Speech Pathology Australia Professional Standards Business and professional Australia
  • Position: Program Head, Speech Pathology
  • Phone: 83133518
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering Science and Maths, floor 4
  • Room: EM4 06
  • Org Unit: School of Allied Health Science and Practice

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