Ms Joanne Walters

Ms Joanne Walters


School of Humanities and Social Science (Speech Pathology)

Career Summary


Joanne Walters is a Lecturer and Clinical Education Coordinator for the Speech Pathology (honours) program at the University of Newcastle, Australia.  

In her role as lecturer she teaches into all years of the program with an emphasis on translation of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice and her interest area of paediatric speech sound disorders.

In her role as clinical education coordinator she is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of the clinical education program.

Joanne is a qualified speech pathologist with particular interest in exploring and engaging with diversity in clinical education through use of innovative models of clinical education that enhance the student learning experience. She facilitates training for numerous clinical educators directly associated with the program at UoN.

Current research projects include evaluation of a range of clinical education models and the use of simulation. Joanne is currently an investigator on a national grant funded through the Department of Health investigating the development of a framework for embedding simulation in clinical training in Australian speech pathology curricula.

Joanne’s excellence in engaging with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities have seen her formally recognised with 3 university awards for engaging in WIL, internationally, in schools and in aged care.




  • Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, University of Newcastle


  • Clincal Education
  • Clinical skills
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Interprofessional Learning (IPL)
  • Paediatric language
  • Paediatric speech sound disorders
  • Professional Issues
  • Simulation
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Work Integrated Learning

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 25
170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension) 50
200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $56,968

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20152 grants / $56,968

Embedding Simulation in Speech Pathology$46,050

Funding body: Speech Pathology Association of Australia

Funding body Speech Pathology Association of Australia
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat, Ms Joanne Walters, Ms Anne Hill, Prof Liz Ward, Associate Professor Elizabeth Cardell, Ms Simone Howell, Associate Professor Tricia McCabe, Dr Alison Purcell, Associate Professor Bronwyn Davidson, Ms Stacey Baldac, Dr Robert Heard
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501542
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC

Identifying key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant for adult and aged care (3rd yr) speech pathology on clinical placements (SPTH 3080) (in Hunter New England Health and Central Coast Local Health$10,918

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Doctor Nicole Byrne, Ms Joanne Walters, Dr Anne Vertigan
Scheme Hunter and Coast ICTN Research and Quality Improvement Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500760
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC


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.

Ms Joanne Walters


Speech Pathology
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Speech Pathology

Contact Details

Phone 02 49217350


Room GP2-13
Building General Purposes (GP) Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308