Stacie Attrill

Associate Professor Stacie Attrill

Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Curriculum)

School of Allied Health Science and Practice

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - 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.

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
    2024 Foley, K., Attrill, S., & Brebner, C. (2024). ‘Hearts’ and ‘minds’: Illustrating identity tensions of people living and working through marketising policy change of allied health disability services in Australia. Health (United Kingdom), 23 pages.
    2024 George, E., Jameel, S., Attrill, S., Tetali, S., Watson, E., Yadav, L., . . . Grills, N. (2024). Telehealth as a Strategy for Health Equity: A Scoping Review of Telehealth in India During and Following the COVID-19 Pandemic for People with Disabilities. Telemedicine and e-Health, 0609-1-0609-10.
    2024 Pillen, H., Attrill, S., Fisher, A., Forte, S., Brebner, C., & Robinson, S. (2024). Educating for supported decision making and shared decision making: a scoping review of educational design and outcomes for education and training interventions. Disability and Rehabilitation, 12 pages.
    2023 Attrill, S., Foley, K., Gesesew, H. A., & Brebner, C. (2023). Allied health workforce development for participant-led services: structures for student placements in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.. BMC Med Educ, 23(1), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2023 Millar, C., Carey, L. B., Hill, A. E., Attrill, S., Avgoulas, M. I., Drakopoulos, E., & Sutton, C. A. (2023). Global citizenship and social justice among speech-language pathologists: A scoping review. Journal of Communication Disorders, 103, 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus2
    2023 Zhang, A. R. Y., Attrill, S., Eliott, J., Ankeny, R. A., & Moynihan, P. (2023). Application of co-design in residential aged care: a scoping review protocol. JBI Evidence Synthesis, 21(8), 1665-1671.
    DOI Scopus1
    2023 Bogaardt, H., Golan, D., Barrera, M. A., Attrill, S., Kaczmarek, O., Zarif, M., . . . Gudesblatt, M. (2023). Cognitive impairment, fatigue and depression in multiple sclerosis: Is there a difference between benign and non-benign MS?. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 73, 104630-1-104630-7.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3 Europe PMC3
    2023 Francis, R., Attrill, S., Radakovic, R., & Doeltgen, S. (2023). Exploring clinical management of cognitive and behavioural deficits in MND. A scoping review. Patient Education and Counseling, 116, 1-11.
    DOI Europe PMC1
    2023 Williams, E. E. R., Sghirripa, S., Rogasch, N. C., Hordacre, B., & Attrill, S. (2023). Non-invasive brain stimulation in the treatment of post-stroke aphasia: a scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-22.
    2022 Skeat, J., Attrill, S., & Hersh, D. (2022). Feminist research in a female-dominated profession: How can this lens help us to understand ourselves better in speech-language pathology?. Int J Speech Lang Pathol, 24(5), 484-493.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2022 Koh, R. T. G., Thirumanickam, A., & Attrill, S. (2022). How are the mealtime experiences of people in residential aged care facilities informed by policy and best practice guidelines? A scoping review. BMC GERIATRICS, 22(1), 18 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2022 Attrill, S. L., McAllister, S., & Brebner, C. (2022). Not too little, not too much: supervisor perceptions of work-readiness of speech-language pathology graduates. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 27(1), 87-106.
    DOI Scopus3 Europe PMC2
    2021 Hardy, J., Lewis, A., Hill, A. E., Arnott, S., Penman, A., Attrill, S., . . . Hewat, S. (2021). Reflections on clinical education by students and new graduates: what can we learn?. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 23(3), 146-150.
    2021 Attrill, S., Davenport, R., & Brebner, C. (2021). Professional socialisation and professional fit: Theoretical approaches to address student learning and teaching in speech-language pathology. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY, 24(5), 12 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3
    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), 680-1-680-15.
    DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC2
    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.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC1
    2021 Francis, R., Attrill, S., & Doeltgen, S. (2021). The impact of cognitive decline in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on swallowing. A scoping review. Int J Speech Lang Pathol, 23(6), 604-613.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    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 Scopus18 Europe PMC6
    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, 43(21), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS12 Europe PMC7
    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 Scopus8 WoS7 Europe PMC3
    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.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    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 Scopus4 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 Scopus136 WoS119 Europe PMC59
    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 Scopus5 WoS6 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 Scopus8 WoS7 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 Scopus9
    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 Scopus8 WoS8 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus20 WoS17 Europe PMC4
    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 Scopus36 WoS32 Europe PMC11
    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 Scopus20 WoS17 Europe PMC6
    - Pearson, A., Hill, A. E., Attrill, S., & Copley, J. (n.d.). What is known about the types of supports used by culturally and linguistically diverse students and their professional placement educators that facilitate successful learning experiences: A scoping review. Australian Journal of Clinical Education, 11(1).
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Attrill, S. (2019). Psychology in Practice: Speech Pathology. In P. Barkway, & D. O'Kane (Eds.), Psychology: An Introduction for Health Professionals (pp. 385-389). Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2024 Thirumanickam, A., Hobbs, D., Attrill, S., & Welz, N. (2024). Thirumanickam, A., (2024). Gaming and LEGO® Robotics with autistic students: Learning and Outcomes. Healthy Development Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia. In Thirumanickam, A., (2024). Gaming and LEGO® Robotics with autistic students: Learning and Outcomes. Healthy Development Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide.
    2022 Davenport, R., Attrill, S., & Brebner, C. (2022). Professionalisation and professional fit: where to from here for our practice? APEC-SLP Roundtable discussion. In APEC-SLP. Online.
    2022 Charlton, K., Attrill, S., Murray, C., & Layton, N. (2022). Informing better manual wheelchair training: exchanging evidence and practice knowledge. In Australian Assistive Technology Conference 2022.
    2022 Attrill, S., Davenport, R., & Brebner, C. (2022). Power and Legitimacy: A Theory Informed Exploration of SLP Students’ Learning Experiences in Practice Placements. In Proceedings of the 2022 ASHA Convention: Resilience Reinvented - Virtual Library. New Orleans. Louisiana, United States of America.
    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 Scopus14 WoS14 Europe PMC7
    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 Scopus3 WoS1
  • Conference Items

  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2024 Thirumanickam, A., Moore, E., Attrill, S., Welz, N., & Hobbs, D. (2024). The MinecraftTM Project: Facilitators and Families edition.


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
    2024 Principal Supervisor Is Positive Behaviour Support the most effective behaviour change instrument for NDIS child participants with level 2 Autism Spectrum Disorder? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Cameron Stott
    2023 Co-Supervisor Understanding barriers to the uptake of Speech Pathology early intervention services in patients with early stages of non-visible Multiple Sclerosis and how to overcome these barriers to facilitate ongoing participation in therapy: An investig Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Ms Mildred Jasmine Tan
    2022 Principal Supervisor Developmental Language Disorder for adolescents: Perceptions of identity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Lucy Christine Farrar
    2022 Principal Supervisor Building success: A realist evaluation of contexts and mechanisms that promote evidence-based manual wheelchair training for people who come to wheelchair use later in life Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Kimberly Charlton
    2022 Principal Supervisor Global Citizenship and Health Professional Competence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Carajane Helen Millar
    2021 Principal 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 Access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): An exploration of how individuals and families access the scheme for the first time. 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 University of Sydney Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) Course review committee University of Sydney Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member HREC Low Risk Review Group Health Sciences University of Adelaide Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Professional Standards Accreditation 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
    2021 - ongoing Member American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) United States
    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
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Associate Editor International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Taylor and Francis Australia
  • Position: Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Curriculum)
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering and Maths. Sciences, floor Fourth Floor
  • Org Unit: Speech Pathology

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