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Qualifications

  • PhD (Communication Sciences & Disorders), University of Sydney, 23/04/2008
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney, 17/09/1988

Research

Research keywords

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Developmental Disability
  • Healthcare communication
  • Inclusive Research
  • Qualitative Research

Research expertise

Dr. Bronwyn Hemsley is a specialist speech pathologist with 25 years experience in working with people with communication disabilities in a clinical, research, teaching, and policy and development capacity. She takes an inclusive approach in involvement of consumers in teaching and research and consultation within all research projects and practice guideline development. Her research agenda aims to improve communicative access across settings for all people with difficulty communicating by speech, in a rights based approach as supported by the World Health Organisation.

She holds a continuing position as senior lecturer at The University of Newcastle and NHMRC postdoctoral fellowship, an honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and member of the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty. Relative to her research opportunity she has a strong track record and has published 30 peer reviewed journal articles that are widely cited across nursing, health policy, and communication disciplines. She regularly consults to State and National Governments and the Speech Pathology Association of Australia on matters pertaining to disability, communication, and health interactions, policy, and training of staff. She is President-Elect of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), and Chairs the ISAAC Research committee and Translations committee. She is an Editor on the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group and has associate editor responsibilities in the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

Bronwyn has developed strong collaborative links with eminent national and international researchers in her field and across disciplines in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Asia Pacific with active projects relating to communication and health interactions. She regularly appears on the international stage and is invited to speak on her research and clinical implications. Bronwyn is in a position of leadership at her University and is leading innovations in research across the School and Faculty. She was an invited speaker at Speech Pathology Australia, in Hobart June 2012, and the Allied Health National Conference in April 2012 on social media in speech pathology professional development.

Bronwyn's research to date has focused upon the day to day life and health impacts of having little or no speech along with a complex health profile or multiple disabilities affecting a range of functions. The findings of her research encompass a detailed understanding of family carers, paid carers, hospital staff, adults with communication disabilities, and the tools for communication that might assist them to communicate successfully.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Complex communication needs
  • Dysphagia and Mealtime Management
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Speech Pathology

Teaching expertise

Bronwyn teaches and co-ordinates courses at the University of Newcastle, including:

SPTH2003 - Complex Communication Needs 1

SPTH2004 - Complex Communication Needs 2

SPTH3002 - Swallowing Across the Lifespan

Bronwyn is also engaged in teaching research, with Dr. Liam Phelan (Grad School, University of Newcastle) with investigations currently including:

  • the use of Twitter in teaching and learning by students in speech pathology
  • the use of Twitter for teaching and learning by guest lecturers with complex communication needs

Information about these projects is available from Bronwyn including copies of conference presentations related to these current projects.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Hemsley B, Worrall L, Balandin S, 'Nursing the patient with developmental disability in hospital: Roles of paid carers', Qualitative Health Research, 21 1632-1642 (2011) [C1]

DOI: 10.1177/1049732311415289

Citations: Scopus - 5 | Web of Science - 4

2011Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'The "Big 5" and beyond: Nurses, paid carers, and adults with developmental disability discuss communication needs in hospital', Applied Nursing Research, 24 (2011) [C1]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2010.09.001

Citations: Scopus - 5

2009Balandin S, Hemsley B, Hanley L, Sheppard JJ, 'Understanding mealtime changes for adults with cerebral palsy and the implications for support services', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, 34 197-206 (2009) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/13668250903074489 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 7 | Web of Science - 5

2008Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Family caregivers discuss roles and needs in supporting adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in the hospital setting', JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, 20 257-274 (2008) [C1]

DOI: 10.1007/s10882-007-9095-z | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 6 | Web of Science - 5

2008Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, ''We need to be the centrepiece': Adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs discuss the roles and needs of family carers in hospital', DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 30 1759-1771 (2008) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/09638280701645474 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 8 | Web of Science - 6

2008Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Professionals' views on the roles and needs of family carers of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, 33 127-136 (2008) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/13668250802082898 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 11 | Web of Science - 9

2007Balandin S, Hemsley B, Sigafoos J, Green V, 'Communicating with nurses: The experiences of 10 adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs', APPLIED NURSING RESEARCH, 20 56-62 (2007) [C1]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2006.03.001 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 27 | Web of Science - 21

2007Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Older unpaid carers' experiences supporting adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital', JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, 19 115-124 (2007) [C1]

DOI: 10.1007/s10882-007-9040-1 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 13 | Web of Science - 8

2004Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Without AAC: The stories of unpaid carers of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital', AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20 243-258 (2004) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/07434610400011646

Citations: Scopus - 18

2001Hemsley BA, Sigafoos J, Balandin S, Forbes R, Taylor C, Green V, Parmenter T, 'Nursing the patient with severe communication impairment.', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 35 827-835 (2001) [C1]

Citations: Scopus - 54 | Web of Science - 39

2001Balandin S, Hemsley BA, Sigafoos J, Green V, Forbes R, Taylor C, Parmenter T, 'Communicating with nurses: The experiences of individuals with an acquired severe communication impairment.', Brain Impairment, 2 109-118 (2001) [C1]

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Journal article (30 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Hemsley B, Lee S, Munro K, Seedat N, Bastock K, Davidson B, 'Supporting communication for children with cerebral palsy in hospital: views of community and hospital staff.', Dev Neurorehabil, 17 156-166 (2014)

DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2012.741149 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 0

2014Donato C, Shane HC, Hemsley B, 'Exploring the feasibility of the visual language in autism program for children in an early intervention group setting: views of parents, educators, and health professionals.', Dev Neurorehabil, 17 115-124 (2014)

DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2014.880526 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 0

2014Hemsley B, Palmer S, Balandin S, 'Tweet reach: A research protocol for using Twitter to increase information exchange in people with communication disabilities', Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17 84-89 (2014)

DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2013.861529

Citations: Scopus - 0

2013Hemsley B, Kuek M, Bastock K, Scarinci N, Davidson B, ' Parents and children with cerebral palsy discuss communication needs in hospital', Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 16 363-374 (2013) [C1]

DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2012.758187

Citations: Scopus - 0

2013Hemsley B, Werninck M, Worrall L, '"That really shouldn't have happened": People with aphasia and their spouses narrate adverse events in hospital', APHASIOLOGY, 27 706-722 (2013) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2012.748181 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 2

2013Hemsley B, 'Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life', Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 38 274-275 (2013) [C3]
2012Hemsley BA, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'Nursing the patient with complex communication needs: Time as a barrier and a facilitator to successful communication in hospital', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68 116-126 (2012) [C1]

Citations: Scopus - 17 | Web of Science - 11

2012Hemsley BA, 'Ethical issues in augmentative and alternative communication', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 14 88-92 (2012) [C2]
2012McGee RG, Hemsley BA, Gill PJ, 'Access to journals through peer reviewers', CMAJ, 184 1283 (2012) [C3]

Citations: Scopus - 0

2012Hemsley BA, 'Disability & discourse: Analysing inclusive conversation with people with intellectual disabilities [Book review]', Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 37 375 (2012) [C3]
2012Hemsley BA, 'Adults with aphasia value their involvement in teaching nursing assistant students about aphasia and communication', Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 6 104-107 (2012) [C3]

Citations: Scopus - 0

2011Hemsley B, Worrall L, Balandin S, 'Nursing the patient with developmental disability in hospital: Roles of paid carers', Qualitative Health Research, 21 1632-1642 (2011) [C1]

DOI: 10.1177/1049732311415289

Citations: Scopus - 5 | Web of Science - 4

2011Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'The "Big 5" and beyond: Nurses, paid carers, and adults with developmental disability discuss communication needs in hospital', Applied Nursing Research, 24 (2011) [C1]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2010.09.001

Citations: Scopus - 5

2010Crestani C-AM, Clendon SA, Hemsley B, 'Words needed for sharing a story: Implications for vocabulary selection in augmentative and alternative communication', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, 35 268-278 (2010) [C1]

DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2010.513966 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 1 | Web of Science - 1

2010Collyer S, Warren C, Hemsley B, Stevens C, 'Aim, Fire, Aim-Project Planning Styles in Dynamic Environments', PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 41 108-121 (2010) [C1]

DOI: 10.1002/pmj.20199 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 1 | Web of Science - 1

2010Hemsley BA, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'Creating a communicative environment in hospital for adults with developmental disability and complex communication needs.', ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech Language and Hearing, - (2010) [C1]
2009Balandin S, Hemsley B, Hanley L, Sheppard JJ, 'Understanding mealtime changes for adults with cerebral palsy and the implications for support services', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, 34 197-206 (2009) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/13668250903074489 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 7 | Web of Science - 5

2008Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Family caregivers discuss roles and needs in supporting adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in the hospital setting', JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, 20 257-274 (2008) [C1]

DOI: 10.1007/s10882-007-9095-z | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 6 | Web of Science - 5

2008Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, ''We need to be the centrepiece': Adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs discuss the roles and needs of family carers in hospital', DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 30 1759-1771 (2008) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/09638280701645474 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 8 | Web of Science - 6

2008Hemsley BA, Balandin S, Togher L, '"I've got something to say": Individual contribution and group interaction of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in a focus group.', Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 42 110-122 (2008) [C1]
2008Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Professionals' views on the roles and needs of family carers of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, 33 127-136 (2008) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/13668250802082898 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 11 | Web of Science - 9

2008Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, ''I've got something to say': Interaction in a focus group of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs', AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION, 24 110-122 (2008) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/07434610701830579 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 5 | Web of Science - 3

2007Balandin S, Hemsley B, Sigafoos J, Green V, 'Communicating with nurses: The experiences of 10 adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs', APPLIED NURSING RESEARCH, 20 56-62 (2007) [C1]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2006.03.001 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 27 | Web of Science - 21

2007Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Narrative analysis of the hospital experience for older parents of people who cannot speak', JOURNAL OF AGING STUDIES, 21 239-254 (2007) [C1]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2006.12.001 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 14 | Web of Science - 10

2007Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Older unpaid carers' experiences supporting adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital', JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, 19 115-124 (2007) [C1]

DOI: 10.1007/s10882-007-9040-1 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 13 | Web of Science - 8

2004Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Without AAC: The stories of unpaid carers of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital', AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20 243-258 (2004) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/07434610400011646

Citations: Scopus - 18

2003Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Disability, dysphagia, and complex communication needs: Making room for communication in ethical decisions about dysphagia', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 5 125-129 (2003) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/14417040510001669151

Citations: Scopus - 1

2003Hemsley BA, Balandin S, 'Working with people who have cerebral palsy: A speech pathology perspective.', ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech Language and Hearing, 5 25-27 (2003) [C1]
2001Hemsley BA, Sigafoos J, Balandin S, Forbes R, Taylor C, Green V, Parmenter T, 'Nursing the patient with severe communication impairment.', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 35 827-835 (2001) [C1]

Citations: Scopus - 54 | Web of Science - 39

2001Balandin S, Hemsley BA, Sigafoos J, Green V, Forbes R, Taylor C, Parmenter T, 'Communicating with nurses: The experiences of individuals with an acquired severe communication impairment.', Brain Impairment, 2 109-118 (2001) [C1]
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Review (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Hemsley BA, Durvasula S, 'Dysphagia', Management guidelines in developmental disability. Version 3 (2012) [D2]
2012Hemsley BA, Durvasula S, 'Nutritional disorders', Management Guidelines in Developmental Disability. Version 3 (2012) [D2]

Conference (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Hemsley BA, 'Observing communication in hospital for adults with I/DD and little or no speech: Communication needs, methods and supports to improve care', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 9-14 July 2012 (2012) [E3]
2012Hemsley BA, Bastock B, Balandin S, Davidson B, Scarinci N, Worrall L, 'Communication during hospitalization: The path to better healthcare for children and adults with cerebral palsy', Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Brisbane, Australia (2012) [E3]
2010Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'Communication in hospital: views of adults with ID, carers and nurses', JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (2010) [E3]
2009Balandin S, Hemsley B, Sheppard JJ, Hanley L, 'Impact of culture on mealtime management for adults with cerebral palsy and dysphagia', JOURNAL OF POLICY AND PRACTICE IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (2009) [E3]
2009Anderson K, Balandin S, Clendon S, Hemsley B, 'Validation and feedback in qualitative research with children', JOURNAL OF POLICY AND PRACTICE IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (2009) [E3]
2009Anderson K, Balandin S, Clendon S, Hemsley B, 'Friendships with children who use augmentative and alternative communication', JOURNAL OF POLICY AND PRACTICE IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (2009) [E3]
2008Balandin S, Hemsley B, 'Communication', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH (2008) [E3]
2008Balandin S, Hemsley B, Sheppard JJ, Hanley L, 'Dysphagia disorders Survey and SWAL-QOL: Mealtime assessment for adults with cerebral palsy', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH (2008) [E3]

Author URL

Citations: Web of Science - 1

2008Balandin S, Hemsley B, Sheppard JJ, Hanley L, 'Experiences of mealtimes: Perspectives of older adults with physical disability', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH (2008) [E3]

Author URL

Citations: Web of Science - 1

2008Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Single parent fathers: Providing care and support in hospital to adults with disability and complex communication needs', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH (2008) [E3]
2004Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheard C, 'Older parent carers of adults with complex communication needs and their experiences in providing unpaid care in hospital', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH (2004) [E1]

Author URL

Citations: Web of Science - 3

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$1,249,384

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2014 (4 grants)

Tweet reach: Using Twitter to Increase Information Exchange in People with Communication Disabilities$395,220
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley
SchemeRole
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$395,22020142016
GNo:G1300490

Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records: Charting the course for successful healthcare transitions in young adults with communication disabilities. $386,853
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley, Professor Susan Balandin, Dr Andrew Georgiou, Dr Sophie Hill
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$386,85320142016
GNo:G1300057

DVC(R) Research Support for DECRA (DE14)$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142016
GNo:G1400241

IASSID Europe (International Association for Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Vienna Austria; ISAAC (International Society for AAC), Lisbon Spain; 15-24 July 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1400727

2013 (3 grants)

Keeping people with communication disability safe in hospital$341,112
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley, Dr Andrew Georgiou, Dr Sophie Hill
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$341,11220132015
GNo:G1200163

Pilot Study “Charting the course for good healthcare: use of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) by young adults with communication disabilities$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020132013
GNo:G1300837

Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, QLD 23-26 June 2013$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75020132013
GNo:G1300765

2012 (2 grants)

Communication during hospitalisation: The path to better healthcare$93,449
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley
SchemeRole
Research FellowshipsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$93,44920122013
GNo:G1101085

CAFÉ – Communication Access Framework and Evidence$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Bronwyn Hemsley
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020122012
GNo:G1200928
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PHD Management & Commerce
University of Queensland
Co-SupervisorManaging Dynamism in Projects: A Theory-Building Study of Approaches Used in Practice
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Research Collaborations

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CountryCount of Publications
Australia36
Norway9
United States4
New Zealand3
Canada2
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Dr Bronwyn Hemsley

Work Phone(02) 4921 7352
Email
PositionARC DECRA Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSpeech Pathology
Office
GP Level 2 Room 22,
General Purpose Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/bronwyn-hemsley