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Dr Sally Hewat

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Speech Pathology)

Bringing speech therapy to Vietnam

Dr Sally Hewat, a University of Newcastle (UON) speech pathologist who specialises in the treatment of stuttering, is working to establish speech therapy in Vietnam – where, as a profession, it doesn't exist.

Sally Hewat

In collaboration with the Trinh Foundation Australia and the University of Pham Ngoc Thach (UPNT), Hewat has been working to develop a two-year postgraduate speech pathology program in Vietnam. This is the first ever speech therapy course in Vietnam and approximately 80 per cent of the lectures are provided by experts from Australian universities.

Two years ago the first cohort of the training program graduated. They were a combination of already trained health or allied health professionals in Vietnam. Mostly nurses, physio therapists, a couple of doctors, and an ears, nose and throat surgeon.

"All of them will go back to their existing jobs; they won't be employed as speech therapists but they will do speech therapy work. So it's an emerging profession – it's not officially recognised yet," Hewat explained.

 "During the two-year program in Vietnam, I delivered a course in managing stuttering. As part of the course the students and I developed a stuttering treatment program for adults in Vietnam. At the end of the course, we delivered the treatment program to members of a self-help group for stuttering in Vietnam.

"This treatment program for adults in Vietnam is obviously very different to what we do in Australia. We can't assume that what we do here will work over there. So we developed the program within that context and then taught the students research methodologies to evaluate it.

"I like the process of collaborating and supporting others to capacity build. Not to have outside influences come in and say we'll do it for you; it is more capacity building from the ground up."

In 2014, Hewat received the Medal from the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City – a prestigious honour not usually received by foreigners, which is awarded by the Mayor of the city. She also received a certificate and gift from UPNT.

"In Vietnam, when you get an award like that, you know how valuable it is, because those sorts of awards don't go to foreigners, ever. This, again, was recognition of why we need to continue to support it; because that's the only way it's going to develop," Hewat said.

"The benefits of our international collaboration have been felt both in Vietnam and here in Newcastle.

"The Vietnamese students and community now have access and exposure to experts in the speech pathology field from Australia and have the opportunity to learn within a discipline that previously did not exist in Vietnam."

This collaboration also provides UON students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (honours) the opportunity to complete a clinical placement and project work in Vietnam.

"We recently had eight students return from three weeks in Vietnam, and their responses to the experience were overwhelming. They get to be hands-on and work with levels of complexity that they wouldn't get to in Australia – working with children and professionals who speak a totally different language," Hewat said.

"Most importantly, the community now has the opportunity to access speech pathology services in hospitals throughout Ho Chi Minh City that were not previously available."

However, there is still much to be done in Vietnam for those who are in need of speech therapy. Hewat believes the majority of her career will be spent developing the speech therapy profession in Vietnam and the surrounding countries.

"Even though interventions for younger children who stutter are where we should focus some attention, this is way down the track. We need to have professionals on the ground who can deliver this service," Hewat explained.

"It's really tricky; in Australia we would focus on community education and early intervention but in Vietnam, I can talk about early intervention and the optimal time to treat stuttering – that is, before they start school – however the fact of the matter is there is no one to treat it over there, bar a proportion of the 32 speech therapists we have now trained.

"Every person has the right to communicate. Through the development of speech therapy as a profession in Vietnam, this may eventually be possible."

Bringing Speech Therapy to Vietnam

Bringing speech therapy to Vietnam

Dr Sally Hewat, a University of Newcastle (UON) speech pathologist who specialises in the treatment of stuttering, is working to establish speech therapy in...

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Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
Focus Area: Speech Pathology.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Clinical Education
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Clinical education
  • Evidence based practice
  • Student Learning
  • Stuttering
  • Stuttering and Related Disorders of Fluency

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170299 Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified 20
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 60
200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1997 - 1/09/2000 Research Officer The University of Sydney
Australian Stuttering Research Centre
Australia
1/01/1994 -  Membership - Speech Pathology Association of Australia Speech Pathology Association of Australia
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2001 Wilson L, Hewat S, Proceedings of the 2001 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference: Evidence and Innovation., Speech Pathology Association of Australia, Melbourne, Australia, 358 (2001)

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2003 Hewat S, Harris V, Harrison E, 'Special case studies', The Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention: A clinician¿s guide, Pro-Ed, Austin, Texas 119-138 (2003)

Journal article (23 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Hoffman L, Wilson L, Copley A, Hewat S, Lim V, 'The reliability of a severity rating scale to measure stuttering in an unfamiliar language.', Int J Speech Lang Pathol, 16 317-326 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2014.898097
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013 Hewat S, Winkworth A, Woodward S, 'Speech therapy in Vietnam: Australian volunteers leading the way', Speakout, 25-25 (2013)
2013 Unicomb R, Hewat S, Spencer E, Harrison E, 'Clinicians' management of young children with co-occurring stuttering and speech sound disorder', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15 441-452 (2013) [C1]

Speech sound disorders reportedly co-occur in young children who stutter at a substantial rate. Despite this, there is a paucity of scientific research available to support a trea... [more]

Speech sound disorders reportedly co-occur in young children who stutter at a substantial rate. Despite this, there is a paucity of scientific research available to support a treatment approach when these disorders co-exist. Similarly, little is known about how clinicians are currently working with this caseload given that best practice for the treatment of both disorders in isolation has evolved in recent years. This study used a qualitative approach to explore current clinical management and rationales when working with children who have co-occurring stuttering and speech sound disorder. Thirteen participant SLPs engaged in semi-structured telephone interviews. Interview data were analysed based on principles derived from grounded theory. Several themes were identified including multi-faceted assessment, workplace challenges, weighing-up the evidence, and direct intervention. The core theme, clinical reasoning, highlighted the participants' main concern, that not enough is known about this caseload on which to base decisions about intervention. There was consensus that little is available in the research literature to guide decisions relating to service delivery. These findings highlight the need for further research to provide evidence-based guidelines for clinical practice with this caseload. © 2013 The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited.

DOI 10.3109/17549507.2013.783111
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Elizabeth Spencer
2011 Swift MC, O'Brian S, Hewat SL, Onslow M, Packman A, Menzies R, 'Investigating parent delivery of the Lidcombe Program', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13 308-316 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2011.550692
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2011 Koushik S, Hewat SL, Shenker RC, Jones M, Onslow M, 'North-American Lidcombe program file audit: Replication and meta-analysis', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13 301-307 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/17549507.2011.538434
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
2011 Blake HL, Hewat SL, Spencer EL, 'Native speaker and non-native speaker communication during job interviews', Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing, 14 171-178 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1179/jslh.2011.14.3.171
Co-authors Elizabeth Spencer
2010 Iverach L, O'Brian S, Jones M, Block S, Lincoln M, Harrison E, et al., 'The Five Factor Model of personality applied to adults who stutter', Journal of Communication Disorders, 43 120-132 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2009.12.001
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
2010 Iverach L, Jones M, O'Brian S, Block S, Lincoln M, Harrison E, et al., 'Mood and substance use disorders among adults seeking speech treatment for stuttering', Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 53 1178-1190 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0166)
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
2010 Cream A, O'Brian S, Jones M, Block S, Harrison E, Lincoln M, et al., 'Randomized controlled trial of video self-modeling following speech restructuring treatment for stuttering', Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53 887-897 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1044/1092-4388(2009/09-0080)
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21
2009 Iverach L, Jones M, O'Brian S, Block S, Lincoln M, Harrison E, et al., 'The relationship between mental health disorders and treatment outcomes among adults who stutter (vol 34, pg 29, 2009)', JOURNAL OF FLUENCY DISORDERS, 34 301-301 (2009) [C3]
DOI 10.1016/j.jfludis.2009.10.001
2009 Iverach L, Jones M, O'Brian S, Block S, Lincoln M, Harrison E, et al., 'The relationship between mental health disorders and treatment outcomes among adults who stutter', Journal of Fluency Disorders, 34 29-43 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jfludis.2009.02.002
Citations Scopus - 48Web of Science - 51
2009 Iverach L, Jones M, O'Brian S, Block S, Lincoln M, Harrison E, et al., 'Screening for personality disorders among adults seeking speech treatment for stuttering', Journal of Fluency Disorders, 34 173-186 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jfludis.2009.09.001
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2009 Iverach L, O'Brian S, Jones M, Block S, Lincoln M, Harrison E, et al., 'Prevalence of anxiety disorders among adults seeking speech therapy for stuttering', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23 928-934 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.janxdis.2009.06.003
Citations Scopus - 49Web of Science - 47
2009 Al-Amawi SI, Ferguson AJ, Hewat SL, 'Speech pathology in the context of cultural and linguistic diversity: Working with people from an Arabic background', ACQ: ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 11 3-9 (2009) [C1]
Co-authors Alison Ferguson
2007 Packman A, Onslow M, O'Brian S, Hewat SL, 'Down memory lane with James and time-out', Disability and Rehabilitation, 29 1061-1065 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09638280701267006
2006 Hewat SL, Onslow M, Packman A, O'Brian S, 'A Phase II clinical trial of self-imposed time-out treatment for stuttering in adults and adolescents', Disability and Rehabilitation, 28 33-42 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09638280500165245
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14
2004 Hewat SL, 'Outcomes of Stuttering Treatment', Acquiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 6 140-143 (2004) [C2]
2002 Hewat S, Wilson L, 'Getting the Methodology Right!', ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 4 40-42 (2002)
2002 Wilson L, Hewat S, 'From Research Question to Design', ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 4 35-37 (2002)
2002 Hewat S, 'Researching (and) the World Wide Web', ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 4 14-14 (2002)
2002 Onslow M, Hewat S, McLeod S, Packman A, 'Speech timing in children after the Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention', Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 16 21-33 (2002)
2001 Hewat S, O'Brian S, Onslow M, Packman A, 'Control of chronic stuttering with self-imposed time-out: Preliminary outcome data.', Asia Pacific Journal of Speech Language and Hearing, 6 97-102 (2001)
1997 Onslow M, Packman A, Stocker S, Van Doorn J, Siegel G, 'Control of children's stuttering with response contingent time-out: Behavioural, perceptual and acoustic data', Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 40 121-133 (1997)
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Al-Amawi S, Ferguson AJ, Hewat SL, 'Assessing aphasia in arabic speakers: Work in progress', Brain Impairment, Brisbane, QLD (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Alison Ferguson
2005 Davies R, Hewat SL, Isaac K, Cottier A, 'Speech Pathology in Schools (SPinS): A quality improvement project', Proceedings of the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Canberra (2005) [E1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Hewat S, A self-imposed time-out treatment for stuttering in adults and adolescents, (2005) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 9
Total funding $210,054

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $15,000

FEDUA Internal Fellowship$15,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat
Scheme FEDUA Internal Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500906
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $15,000

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat
Scheme Emerging Research Leaders Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200625
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $750

Diversity and Development, Speech Pathology Australia 2011 National Coference, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT, 26 - 29 June 2011$750

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100728
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,526

2008 Reflecting COnnections Conference , Skycity Convention Centre Auckland, NZ, 25/5/2008 - 29/5/2008$1,526

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188658
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $5,220

Language use in older children who stutter$5,220

Funding body: University of Newcastle - School of Humanities and Social Science

Funding body University of Newcastle - School of Humanities and Social Science
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $144,530

Establishing Effective and Efficient Stuttering Treatments$144,530

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat
Scheme Program Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0185083
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20052 grants / $25,528

Equity Research Fellowship Round 1 2005$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184880
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Practicality and Impact: Making a difference in the Real World National Conference, Speech Pathology Australia, 29 May - 2 June 2005$528

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185439
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $2,500

4th World Congress on Fluency Disorders, Montreal, Canada 11-15 August, 2003$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sally Hewat
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183167
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.7

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Development of Professional Competency: Critical Experiences of Marginal or Failing Students
Speech Pathology, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Evidence for the Treatment of Co-occurring Stuttering and Speech Sound Disorders
Speech Pathology, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD The Assessment of Aphasia in the Context of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Speech Pathology, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Treatment Schedules in the Delivery of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention
Speech Pathology, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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News

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 Students Improve the Lives of the Aged

December 9, 2013

A new initiative in Speech Pathology is creating Work Integrated Learning opportunities while enhancing the lives of residents of a local aged care facility.

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.

Dr Sally Hewat

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Speech Pathology

Contact Details

Email sally.hewat@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5159
Fax (02) 4921 7386

Office

Room GP2.15
Building General Purpose
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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