Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley

ARC DECRA Fellow

School of Humanities and Social Science (Speech Pathology)

Life Changing Research for People With Communication Disabilities

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, from the School of Humanities and Social Science, views the rapid growth of digital connectivity as a new opportunity for people with communication disabilities. Through three major research projects, Hemsley explores how social media, eHealth records, and health informatics solutions can help people to participate in their own healthcare, and in an online society.

Hemsley is currently leading a joint research project investigating Twitter as a way of communicating to help people who have experienced stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, motor neurone disease, or a brain injury to get their message across. Hemsley explains that the    team's initial findings indicate Twitter can help people with communication disabilities share information and feel more included.

"We are seeing that Twitter can not only provide a 'voice' for people with communication disabilities, but also an 'audience' - and this helps them to feel empowered and in control of their own lives. Twitter is emerging as an important forum for people with communication disabilities to exchange information and develop active social networks."

Hemsley explains that many people with communication disabilities who use assistive technologies already know how to make their communication short and succinct therefore making the platform both appealing and comfortable to use.

"Often, people with little or no functional speech find that listeners try to finish their sentences for them or speak on their behalf. They're used to crafting short messages carefully. People who struggle to speak might have had lifelong practice in making every word count.  In many ways, Twitter might level the playing field, liberating users from stereotypes and enabling self-advocacy."

The research team will soon embark on the second phase of the project, investigating the benefits of online Twitter training, how networks develop, and how people with communication disabilities experience Twitter over a six month period.

In another three-year research project, Hemsley leads a team of investigators across Australia exploring how patients with severe speech disabilities experience patient safety incidents in hospital and factors impacting on their safety.

"Patients with communication disabilities often have high medical and functional support needs and enter hospital more frequently than people without a disability. Their communication disabilities expose them to a significantly increased risk of safety incidents in hospital."

Hemsley's team are currently interview patients to understand how incidents occur, the impact of the incidents, and ways that the incidents are reported and documented, so as to discover what will help people with communication disability to be safe in hospital. Using this research, Hemsley and her team will create a simple communication tool that can be used by hospital staff and carers when they first meet a patient with communication disabilities.

"This project will result in the development of a framework to guide policy and practice on ways to prevent and respond to safety incidents for patients with little or no functional speech, and a mobile technology application that helps to guide hospital staff and prepare patients. Mobile technologies could be useful for staff to check off relevant facts like 'does this person have a way to say yes or no', 'can they ask for the toilet', 'do they have a communication aid' along with their risks for particular events."

Hemsley's team are also looking at ways hospital staff document a patient's communication method and how information captured on medical record forms might be streamlined to capture 'communication' elements more effectively.

With colleagues on another research project, Hemsley is also investigating the uptake and use of personally controlled electronic health records, with the outlook to help improve the sharing of health information for young people with communication disabilities as they navigate the transition from child to adult health services.

"We're exploring a relatively new e-health technology now available to all Australians - the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) – it's also known as 'My Health Record'. Young adults with chronic disabling health conditions often struggle to communicate key aspects of their personal health information to their many health service providers. This results in poor care, including medication errors, poor discharge planning, and problems meeting the person's unique support needs."

The Australian PCEHR or My Health Record is designed to improve communication of health information from the patient to any of the health providers that they permit to view the record.

"This research will closely examine the views, needs, and experiences of young adults with chronic disabling health conditions and communication disabilities – and their families - on their preferences regarding how they keep and use personal health information, and any barriers to or strategies for enabling access to their e Health record."

Along with her team, Bronwyn will interview young adults aged 16-21 years who have communication disabilities, and observe how they engage with their paper-based health records and the PCEHR system. The resulting evidence will inform the effective design and development of the PCEHR in Australia, and ensure that young adults with disabilities can benefit by improved information exchange at the point of care when moving from child to adult health services.

"We now have ethical approval for people to express an interest in the research using an online survey, and to be interviewed online anywhere in Australia."

Young people with communication disabilities and their families can register an interest by going to the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eHealthRecords.


Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley also invites expressions of interest from any person who wishes to engage with the Disability Research Network at the University of Newcastle.

Visit the Disability Research Network for contact details and more information.

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Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
Associate Professor 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 Chairs the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Research committee and Governance 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 regularly invited to speak on her research and clinical implications. Bronwyn is an Academic Co-Leader of the eHealth Global Research and Innovation Cluster at the University of Newcastle and is leading innovations in research across the School and Faculty. 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Communication Sciences & Disorders), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Complex communication needs
  • Developmental Disability
  • Dysphagia and Mealtime Management
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Inclusive Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Speech Pathology

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2011 - 1/03/2013 Fellow NHMRC

NHMRC - Research Fellowships Scheme

University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
SPTH4440 Graded Honours in Speech Pathology
The University of Newcastle
Graded Honours Convenor 1/01/2014 - 31/12/2016
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Publications

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


Chapter (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Powrie B, Hemsley B, 'Goal identification when communication is a challenge', Goal Setting and Motivation in Therapy: Engaging Childern and Parents, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London 131-142 (2015) [B1]
2011 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Supporting caregivers of adults with developmental disability.', Encyclopaedia of Family Care, SAGE (2011)
2010 Hemsley B, Goldbart J, Waller A, Launonen K, 'Across the lifespan: Parents and families of people who use AAC: A new research agenda.', Research Symposium of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Biennial Conference, ISAAC (International Society for Augmenative and Alternative Communication), Toronto, Canada 4-56 (2010)
2005 Hemsley B, Durvasula S, Stewart L, 'Dysphagia', Management Guidelines in Developmental Disability, Therapeutic Guidelines, North Melbourne 173-178 (2005)
2005 Stewart L, Hemsley B, Durvasula S, 'Nutritional Disorders', Management Guidelines in Developmental Disability, Therapeutic Guidelines, North Melbourne 163-172 (2005)
2000 Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Ageing, disability, dysphagia and severe communication impairment.', Understanding the theoretical and methodological bases of augmentative and alternative communication, ISAAC International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Toronto, Canada 192-199 (2000)
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Journal article (44 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Hill S, Rollo M, Steel J, Balandin S, 'An Integrative Review of Patient Safety in Studies on the Care and Safety of Patients with Communication Disabilities in Hospital. Patient Education and Counseling.', Patient Education and Counseling, 99 501-511 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2015.10.022
Co-authors Megan Rollo
2016 Sharpe B, Hemsley B, 'Improving nurse-patient communication with patients with communication impairments: Hospital nurses' views on the feasibility of using mobile communication technologies', Applied Nursing Research, 30 228-236 (2016) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc.Background: Nurses communicating with patients who are unable to speak often lack access to tools and technologies to support communication. Although mobile c... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc.Background: Nurses communicating with patients who are unable to speak often lack access to tools and technologies to support communication. Although mobile communication technologies are ubiquitous, it is not known whether their use to support communication is feasible on a busy hospital ward. Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the views of hospital nurses on the feasibility of using mobile communication technologies to support nurse-patient communication with individuals who have communication impairments. Method: This study involved an online survey followed by a focus group, with findings analyzed across the two data sources. Findings: Nurses expected that mobile communication devices could benefit patient care but lacked access to these devices, encountered policies against use, and held concerns over privacy and confidentiality. Conclusion: The use of mobile communication technologies with patients who have communication difficulties is feasible and may lead to improvements in communication and care, provided environmental barriers are removed and facilitators enhanced.

DOI 10.1016/j.apnr.2015.11.012
2016 Hilton S, Sheppard JJ, Hemsley BA, 'Feasibility of implementing oral health guidelines in residential care settings: Views of nursing staff and residential care workers.', Applied Nursing Research, 30 194-203 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.apnr.2015.10.005
2016 Hemsley B, Palmer S, 'Two Studies on Twitter Networks and Tweet Content in Relation to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Conversation, Information, and 'Diary of a Daily Life'.', Studies in health technology and informatics, 227 41-47 (2016) [C1]
2016 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, van Vliet P, Balandin S, 'Use of the My Health Record by people with communication disability in Australia: A review to inform the design and direction of future research.', HIM J, (2016)
DOI 10.1177/1833358316652060
Co-authors Isabel Higgins, Paulette Vanvliet
2015 Hemsley B, Murray J, 'Distance and proximity: research on social media connections in the field of communication disability.', Disabil Rehabil, 37 1509-1510 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2015.1057031
2015 Brunner M, Hemsley B, Palmer S, Dann S, Togher L, 'Review of the literature on the use of social media by people with traumatic brain injury (TBI).', Disabil Rehabil, 37 1511-1521 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2015.1045992
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Melissa Brunner Uon
2015 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheppard JJ, Georgiou A, Hill S, 'A call for dysphagia-related safety incident research in people with developmental disabilities', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 40 99-103 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2014.994172
2015 Hemsley B, Dann S, Palmer S, Allan M, Balandin S, '"We definitely need an audience": Experiences of Twitter, Twitter networks and tweet content in adults with severe communication disabilities who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)', Disability and Rehabilitation, 37 1531-1542 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2015.1045990
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2015 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, et al., 'The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) for Adults with Severe Communication Impairments: Findings of Pilot Research.', Studies in health technology and informatics, 214 100-106 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Isabel Higgins, Shaun Mccarthy, Paulette Vanvliet
2014 Hemsley B, Bowen C, 'A call for evidence to inform the use of Twitter in Speech Language Pathology', Journal of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Taiwan, 33 61-72 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.6143/JSLHAT.2014.10.04
2014 Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'A metasynthesis of patient-provider communication in hospital for patients with severe communication disabilities: informing new translational research.', Augment Altern Commun, 30 329-343 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/07434618.2014.955614
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
2014 Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Innovative communication rehabilitation in the year of the International Communication Project 2014 [Editorial]', Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17 73-74 (2014) [C3]
2014 Hemsley 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) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/17518423.2013.861529
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5
2014 Hemsley 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) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/17518423.2012.741149
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2014 Donato 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) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/17518423.2014.880526
Citations Scopus - 2
2013 Hemsley 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
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
2013 Hemsley B, 'Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life', Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 38 274-275 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2013.798894
2013 Hemsley 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 - 8Web of Science - 8
2012 Hemsley B, Davidson B, Scarinci N, Bastock K, Lee S, Kuek M, et al., 'Communication during hospitalization: Children with I/DD communicating in hospital: Needs and experiences reveal barriers and facilitators to better communication.', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56 694 (2012)
2012 McGee RG, Hemsley BA, Gill PJ, 'Access to journals through peer reviewers', CMAJ, 184 1283 (2012) [C3]
2012 Hemsley 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 - 32Web of Science - 21
2012 Hemsley BA, 'Disability & discourse: Analysing inclusive conversation with people with intellectual disabilities [Book review]', Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 37 375 (2012) [C3]
2012 Hemsley 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]
2012 Hemsley BA, 'Ethical issues in augmentative and alternative communication', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 14 88-92 (2012) [C2]
2011 Hemsley BA, 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 - 11
2011 Hemsley BA, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'Nursing the patient with developmental disability in hospital: The role of paid carers.', Qualitative Health Research, 21 1632-1642 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
2010 Collyer S, Warren C, Stevens C, Hemsley BA, 'Aim Fire Aim: Project planning styles in dynamic environments.', Project Management Journal, 41 108-121 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
2010 Crestani C, Clendon S, Hemsley BA, 'Words needed for sharing a story: Implications for vocabulary selection in Augmentative and Alternative Communication', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 35 268-278 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2010 Hemsley 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, 12 108-111 (2010) [C1]
2009 Hemsley BA, Balandin S, Hanley L, Sheppard JJ, 'Understanding mealtime changes for adults with cerebral palsy and the implications for support services.', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34 197-206 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2008 Hemsley BA, 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]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9
2008 Hemsley BA, 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 and Developmental Disability, 33 127-136 (2008) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 16
2008 Hemsley 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
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2008 Hemsley 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]
2008 Hemsley BA, 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]
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 14
2007 Hemsley 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
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 13
2007 Balandin 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
Citations Scopus - 39Web of Science - 32
2007 Hemsley 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
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 11
2004 Hemsley 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]

Many adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs rely upon the support of their unpaid carers when they are in hospital. In this paper, the authors present some of ... [more]

Many adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs rely upon the support of their unpaid carers when they are in hospital. In this paper, the authors present some of the findings of a larger qualitative study of the experiences of unpaid carers of hospitalized adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs who did not have access to their usual augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Drawing upon the stories of unpaid carers, communication issues associated with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs and the absence of AAC are discussed. Such information can be used to assist AAC specialists, hospital staff, and hospital policy developers to improve care provided to not only people with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs, but also to other people who are unable to speak in hospital. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

DOI 10.1080/07434610400011646
Citations Scopus - 25
2003 Hemsley 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]
2003 Hemsley 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]

Effective functional communication is important for successful management of dysphagia with individuals who have lifelong disability and complex communication needs (CCN).1CCN is ... [more]

Effective functional communication is important for successful management of dysphagia with individuals who have lifelong disability and complex communication needs (CCN).1CCN is a broad term used to describe functional outcome in communication according to skills and needs: "Some people have complex communication needs associated with a wide rangeof physical, sensory and environmental causes which restrict/limit their ability to participate independently in society. They and their communication partners may benefit from using Alternative or Augmentative Communication (AAC) methods either temporarily or permanently" (Balandin, 2002, p. 2). Many people with dysphagia have associated communication difficulties that may affect their ability to participate in their dysphagia management plan. Speech pathologists are well placed to ensure, wherever possible, that individuals with dysphagia not only have an appropriate dysphagia management plan but also have a functional communication system that will support their involvement in the planning and ongoing management process. In this article, the importance of a functional communication system for individuals with dysphagia is highlighted in relation to ethical decision making in dysphagia management. © 2003 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1080/14417040510001669151
Citations Scopus - 1
2001 Hemsley 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 - 64Web of Science - 49
2001 Balandin 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)

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

Conference (68 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hemsley BA, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Hill S, Rollo M, Steel J, 'Improving the care and safety of adults with severe communication disability in hospital: Applying the generic model of patient safety', 4th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation jointly with CIPHER (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Megan Rollo
2014 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheppard JJ, 'Dysphagia-related safety for adults with developmental disabilities: restrictions, risk and complacency', JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (2014) [E3]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2014 Donato C, Shane H, Hemsley B, 'Barriers and facilitators to a visual language system for children with developmental disabilities in an early intervention setting.', International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Biennial Conference "Discover Communication" (2014) [E3]
2013 Hemsley B, Phelan L, 'Using Twitter to engage students in teaching and learning with speech pathologists (#SLPeeps): A pilot project.' (2013) [E3]
2013 Hemsley B, 'Ethical issues in AAC: in everyone's interests' (2013) [E3]
2013 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Georgiou A, Hill S, 'A qualitative metasynthesis of patient safety, patient communication, and health information exchange for patients with communication disability in hospital.' (2013) [E3]
2013 Hemsley B, Bowen C, McCabe T, 'Speech-language pathologists navigating Twitter terrain: Publishing, exchanging information, and engaging in online spaces.' (2013) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, 'Dysphagia, Mealtimes and Swallowing in Rett Syndrome' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, 'Communication in healthcare settings for people with little or no speech: Hospital experiences and patient safety' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, Kis-Rigo J, O'Halloran R, Hill S, 'CAFE Communication Access Framework and Evidence: Communicatively vulnerable populations in clinical settings.' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, 'Everyone communicates: Understanding communication in Rett Syndrome, Speech Pathology, and the Implications of Research for Families (Invited Speaker)' (2012)
2012 Hemsley B, Andres P, 'Developing and translating an AAC Glossary: ISAAC engages with students, volunteers, and social media.' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'Communication in hospital: Implications of training, collaboration, policy and practice' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall E, 'WORKSHOP: Augmentative and alternative communicaiton in hospital: Adults with developmental disability and complex communication needs' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, Kis-Rigo J, O'Halloran R, Hill S, 'Cochrane Central and CAFE (Communication Access Framework and Evidence): Creating a code set of factors in the ICF in interventions for both patients and providers' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, 'Social media in private practice speech pathology: Enhancement, engagement, and ethics' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley B, 'Twitter 4 teaching, learning and research. (Invited workshop)' (2012) [E3]
2012 Wernincke M, Worrall E, Hemsley B, 'Adverse events in hospital as reported by adults with aphasia and their spouses: A pilot study.' (2012) [E3]
2012 Munro K, Seedat N, Bastock K, Hemsley B, 'Hospital staff views on communicating with children with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital: Environmental barriers and solutions to improve communication.' (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley 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 (2012) [E3]
2012 Hemsley 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 (2012) [E3]
2011 Hemsley B, Lee S, Davidson B, 'Health professionals discuss children with complex communication needs in hospital.' (2011) [E3]
2011 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'The Big 5 and Beyond: Improving healthcare for adults with disability in hospital.' (2011) [E3]
2011 Hemsley B, Worrall E, Kis-Rigo J, O'Halloran R, Hill S, 'Cochrane CENTRAL and Cafe (Communication Access Framework and Evidence): Locating intervention studies on clinical communicaiton for communicatively vulnerable populations.' (2011) [E3]
2011 Lee S, Hemsley B, Bastock K, Caynes K, '"I wanted to talk about my feelings": Children and young people with cerebral palsy discuss their communication needs in hospital.' (2011) [E3]
2011 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'Communication disability in hospital: Tangible and intangible aspects of the communicative environment for adults with developmental disability.' (2011) [E3]
2011 Kuek M, Hemsley B, Scarinci N, Bastock K, '"We are their voice": parents' views on supporting children with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in hospital.' (2011) [E3]
2010 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'Nurses' perspectives on the 'Big 5' of Basic Needs Communication in hospital' (2010) [E3]
2010 Hemsley B, Worrall L, Balandin S, 'Time: An enemy or friend to care provision for patients with communication disability and complex communication needs.' (2010) [E3]
2010 Hemsley B, Worrall L, Balandin S, 'Communication in hospital: Views of adults with developmental disability, paid carers, and nurses' (2010) [E3]
2010 Hemsley B, Costello J, Fried-Oken M, Ourand P, Abdel-Malek Y, 'International clinicians spotlight techniques and strategies for individuals with complex communication needs in hospital.' (2010) [E3]
2010 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Worrall L, 'Hospital nurses' and paid carers' narratives of communication in hospital with patients with developmental disability and complex communication needs.' (2010) [E3]
2010 Hemsley 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]
2009 Anderson 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]
2009 Anderson 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]
2009 Balandin 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]
2009 Hemsley B, Worrall L, Balandin S, 'Being in hospital with complex communication needs: Stories of adults with developmental disability and paid carers supporting adults with disability in hospital.' (2009) [E3]
2009 Hemsley B, 'Communication and mobile phone apps: Beyond a message - getting stories into and out of the box (Invited paper).' (2009) [E3]
2008 Balandin S, Hemsley B, Sheppard JJ, 'Understanding mealtime changes for adults with cerebral palsy who use AAC.' (2008) [E3]
2008 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Exploring interaction in a focus group of adults with complex communication needs.' (2008) [E3]
2008 Balandin S, Hemsley B, 'Communication', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH (2008) [E3]
2008 Balandin S, Hemsley B, Sheppard JJ, Hanley L, 'Experiences of mealtimes: Perspectives of older adults with physical disability', JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH (2008) [E3]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2008 Hemsley 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]
2008 Balandin 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]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2007 Balandin S, Hemsley B, Hines M, 'Listening to stories: Narrative research (Conference Workshop)' (2007)
2007 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Older parent narratives of care in hospital.' (2007)
2007 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Including adults with complex communication needs in focus group research: methodology and interaction.' (2007)
2007 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'Communication in a small group: Exploring successful interaction (Invited Keynote)' (2007)
2006 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'People with complex communication needs discuss unpaid carers in hospital.' (2006)
2005 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, '"You're on your own": Focus group views on unpaid carer support in hospital.' (2005)
2005 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'In hospital without AAC: involving carers in interaction and support [Invited keynote]' (2005)
2005 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Togher L, 'An information kit for unpaid carers of adults with complex communication needs in hospital.' (2005)
2004 Hemsley 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]
Citations Web of Science - 3
2004 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheard C, 'Communication needs in hospital and the role of the unpaid carer: Implications for speech pathologists.' (2004)
2004 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheard C, 'Mealtimes for adults with cerebral palsy in hospital: Unpaid carers inform speech pathologists.' (2004)
2004 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheard C, 'In hospital without AAC: Stories of unpaid carers of adults with complex communication needs (CCN).' (2004)
2003 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sheard C, 'The hospital experience for the unpaid carer: Complex communication needs.' (2003)
2003 Hemsley B, 'Augmentative and alternative communication in hte hospital setting.' (2003)
2003 Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Ethical decision making: Dysphagia and complex communication needs' (2003)
2002 Hemsley B, Durvasula S, 'An ethical decision making framework for dysphagia management.' (2002)
2002 Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'On guard in the hospital: The experiences of unpaid carers of people with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs.' (2002)
2001 Hemsley B, To Q, 'Dysphagia and severe communication impairment: considerations for assessment and management.' (2001)
2001 Hemsley B, Owen S, 'Talking about mealtimes.' (2001)
2001 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sigafoos J, Green V, Forbes R, Taylor C, Parmenter T, 'Communication experiences of nurses and individuals who have severe communication impairment.' (2001)
2001 Hemsley B, Grant S, Regan J, 'The Internet Cafe: Access for people with disabilities.' (2001)
2000 Buzio A, Morgan J, Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Making the best of a hospital experience.' (2000)
2000 Hemsley B, Balandin S, Sigafoos J, Green V, Taylor C, Forbes R, 'Communication between nurses and patients with severe communication impairment.' (2000)
1999 Hemsley B, Balandin S, 'Communication, A Human Right' (1999)
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Software / Code (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Smith S, Hemsley B, 'Hospital Talk (iOS)', 1.1, Apple, iTunes App Store (2016)
Co-authors Shamus Smith

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Phelan L, Drew A, McBain V, Archer J, burns T, harris K, et al., 'Teaching and assessing oral communication skills online: Gauging interest and trialling diverse approaches across the University of Newcastle', University of Newcastle (2014)
Co-authors Bonnie Mcbain, Liam Phelan, Antony Drew, Jennifer Archer, Carole James

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Hemsley BA, The experiences and needs of family carers of adults with cerebral palsy and compilex communication needs in hospital., The University of Sydney (2008)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $1,279,534

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20151 grants / $1,000

Health Informatics Conference, Brisbane Australia, 2-5 August 2015$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500951
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20144 grants / $818,228

Tweet reach: Using Twitter to Increase Information Exchange in People with Communication Disabilities$414,375

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1300490
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, Professor Susan Balandin, Dr Andrew Georgiou, Dr Sophie Hill
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1300057
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

DVC(R) Research Support for DECRA (DE14)$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Scheme DECRA Support
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400241
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400727
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20134 grants / $361,857

Keeping people with communication disability safe in hospital$341,112

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, Dr Andrew Georgiou, Dr Sophie Hill
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1200163
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300837
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Charting the course for safe care: The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) and adults with communication disabilities$9,995

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301089
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, QLD 23-26 June 2013$750

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300765
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $98,449

Communication during hospitalisation: The path to better healthcare$93,449

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Scheme Research Fellowships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1101085
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

CAFÉ – Communication Access Framework and Evidence$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200928
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Twitter Use by People with Communication Disabilities Post Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
PhD (Speech Pathology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Managing Dynamism in Projects: A Theory-Building Study of Approaches Used in Practice
Management & Commerce, University of Queensland
Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 48
Norway 10
United States 6
New Zealand 3
United Kingdom 2
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News

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley on iPhone

International accolade for speech pathology researcher

August 12, 2016

Leading speech pathology researcher Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley has been internationally recognised for her 25-year contribution to the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Twitter levels playing field for adults with no speech

August 24, 2015

A group of Australian researchers who first met on Twitter, are now exploring how Twitter can help people who have experienced stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, motor neurone disease and traumatic brain injury to find a voice.

Special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation free for a limited time

Special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation free for a limited time

July 14, 2015

Free access to all articles in a special Issue of Disability and Rehabilitation entitled 'Social Media and Communication' is now available until 22 August 2015.

UONs Speech Pathology work recognised internationally

UoN’s Speech Pathology work recognised internationally

May 26, 2014

Head of speech pathology, Dr Sally Hewat was recently recognised for her significant contributions to the people of Vietnam in supporting the development of the speech pathology program and profession.

Speech pathology research team

Talking speech research

December 3, 2013

Five of the world's top international speech pathologists are discussing their latest research at the three-day 'Communicating Together' Symposium in Newcastle from 2-4 December.

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley

Position

ARC DECRA Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Speech Pathology

Contact Details

Email bronwyn.hemsley@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7352
Links Research and Innovation Cluster
Personal Blogs
Twitter

Office

Room GP Level 2 Room 22
Building General Purpose Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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