Mrs Alex Little

Mrs Alex Little

Lecturer

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (Speech Pathology)

Career Summary

Biography

Alexandra Little is a Lecturer in Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, working from both the Tamworth and Armidale office locations. As a graduate of the University of Newcastle, Alex has worked as a speech pathologist in a variety of hospital and outpatient clinical settings across rural NSW and Victoria since 2001. Drawing on the breadth of her experience as clinician and leader in the public health sector, Alex delivers practical learning opportunities for undergraduate speech pathology students on clinical placement across the New England, North West, Upper Hunter and Lower Mid North Coast regions of NSW. With skills in generating creative and innovative learning opportunities for students and their supervisors, Alex has developed unique clinical placement models suited to the rural practice context. Experienced in designing and delivering discipline-specific and interprofessional simulation activities, Alex incorporates simulation-based learning into student teaching in order to deliver hands-on clinical experiences.

 Alex has a strong interest in interprofessional learning and coordinates the Tamworth Interprofessional Learning Modules program that brings students from all health professions together for interactive interprofessional learning experiences. She has also been involved in establishing the Work Integrated Learning Interprofessional Education (WILIPE) program. WILIPE has now expanded from its initial focus on learning activities for students from speech pathology and nutrition and dietetics to incorporate students from a variety of allied health professions. Collaborating with allied health academic colleagues, Alex has also delivered interprofessional workshops and online learning material around child development issues to early childhood educators and health professionals new to working in paediatrics.

Teaching Expertise

Alex has experience in designing and delivering clinical education training, interprofessional learning activities, and lecturing in speech pathology practice in rural settings. 

Research Expertise

As part of her UONDRH role, Alex is involved with a number of collaborative research initiatives in relation to interprofessional learning, and longitudinal workforce outcomes for students undertaking rural clinical placements. 


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Clinical education
  • Dysphagia
  • Evidence based practice
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Rural health
  • Rural speech pathology practice
  • Service delivery models
  • Simulation
  • Speech Pathology
  • Telehealth
  • Work integrated learning

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension) 80
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2010 -  Lecturer Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

University of Newcastle
Department of Rural Health
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Little AL, Brown L, 'Putting interprofessional education into practice: Is it really as simple as it seems?', Collaborating in Healthcare Reinterpreting Therapeutic Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 229-236 (2016) [B1]
Co-authors Leanne Brown

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Wakely L, Wakely K, Little A, Crowley E, 'Development and evaluation of a multimedia child development resource for rural clinicians.', Aust J Rural Health, (2017)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12351
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Katrina Wakely
2017 Brown L, Smith T, Wakely L, Wolfgang R, Little A, Burrows J, 'Longitudinal tracking of workplace outcomes for undergraduate allied health students undertaking placements in Rural Australia', Journal of Allied Health, 46 79-87 (2017) [C1]
Co-authors Julie Burrows, Leanne Brown, Tony Smith, Rebecca Wolfgang, Luke Wakely
2017 Brown LJ, Smith A, Wakely L, Little A, Wolfgang R, Burrows J, 'Preparing graduates to meet the allied health workforce needs in rural Australia: Short-term outcomes from a longitudinal study', Education Sciences, 7 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/educsci7020064
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Julie Burrows, Tony Smith, Rebecca Wolfgang, Luke Wakely
2016 Croker A, Brown L, Little A, Crowley E, 'Interprofessional Relationships for Work-Integrated Learning in Healthcare: Identifying Scope for Ongoing Professional Development', Creative Education, 07 1729-1738 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.4236/ce.2016.712176
Co-authors Anne Croker, Leanne Brown
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Conference (25 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Brown LJ, Smith A, Wakely L, Wolfgang R, Little A, Burrows J, 'Where are they now? Tracking allied health graduates after rural placements', 14th National Rural Health Conference (2017)
Co-authors Rebecca Wolfgang, Tony Smith, Luke Wakely, Julie Burrows, Leanne Brown
2017 Brown L, Smith A, Wakely LT, Little A, Wolfgang R, Burrows J, 'Developing the future allied health workforce for Australian rural health context' (2017)
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Tony Smith, Julie Burrows, Leanne Brown, Rebecca Wolfgang
2017 Wakely LT, Marquez J, Wakely K, Little A, Crowley E, Neal M, 'Collaborating to care for country kids: Online education for rural educators and clinicians working with children with special needs' (2017)
Co-authors Katrina Wakely, Luke Wakely, Jodie Marquez
2016 Brown LJ, Crowley E, Little A, Croker A, 'Embedding Interprofessional experiences into dietetic students¿ placements: starting with a collaborative approach to feeding difficulties' (2016)
Co-authors Anne Croker, Leanne Brown
2016 Brown L, Crowley E, Croker A, Little AL, Fisher K, 'Embracing the boundaries of interprofessional practice-based collaboration in work integrated learning', Embracing the boundaries of interprofessional practice-based collaboration in work integrated learning (2016)
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Anne Croker, Karin Fisher
2015 Wakely KML, Wakely L, Little A, Crowley E, 'Lights, Camera... Play! A visual resource to highlight paediatric development using an interprofessional model', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Vol 62 Supp 1 July 2015 (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Katrina Wakely
2015 Brown LJ, Smith T, Wakely L, Burrows J, Wolfgang R, Little A, 'Conversion by immersion: outcomes of short and long-term rural allied health placements', People Places Possibilities - 13th National Rural Health Conference (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Rebecca Wolfgang, Luke Wakely, Leanne Brown, Julie Burrows, Tony Smith
2015 Little AL, Croker A, Brown L, Crowley E, ''Bang for buck' In interprofessional learning grants: Should we be funding catalysts or coercers of interprofessional rapport?', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Anne Croker
2015 Brown LJ, Smith T, Wakely L, Wolfgang R, Little A, Harries-Jones H, et al., 'Engaging allied health students in experiential learning: The rural immersion experience', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Rebecca Wolfgang, Julie Burrows, Tony Smith, Leanne Brown
2015 Wakely KML, Wakely L, Little A, Crowley E, 'Teaching the Teachers: An allied health interdisciplinary team approach to child development education in rural areas', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Vol 62 Supp 1 July 2015 (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Katrina Wakely, Luke Wakely
2015 Wakely KML, Little A, Crowley E, Wakely L, 'Innovative model of interprofessional paediatrics education for allied health profesisonals', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Katrina Wakely
2014 Croker AL, Harries-Jones H, Wakely L, Brown L, Little A, Fisher K, 'Preparing students for collaborative healthcare practice: Valuing educators' interdisciplinary rapport', Proceedings of the 2014 Practice-Based Education Summit (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Anne Croker, Karin Fisher, Luke Wakely
2014 Wakely KML, Wakely L, Squires K, Little A, Crowley E, 'Hanging ten with the teachers - A model for collaborative learning in paediatrics between rural allied health clinicians and the education sector', Surf's Up: Ride the Wave's SARRAH National Conference for RUral and Remote Allied Health Professionals (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Kelly Squires, Katrina Wakely, Luke Wakely
2014 Wakely LT, Little A, Crowley E, Wakely K, 'Expanding the comfort zone - An innovative model of interprofessional learning in paediatrics for rural allied health clinicians', Surf's Up: Ride the Waves SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Katrina Wakely
2014 Wakely LT, Brown L, Little A, Squires K, Leys J, Harries-Jones H, 'Learning around the campfire: A weekend camp to promote teamwork and interprofessional interaction for rural allied health students', Surf's Up: Ride the Waves SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Jacqui Leys, Leanne Brown, Kelly Squires
2014 Wolfgang RL, Brown L, Smith T, Wakely L, Harries-Jones H, Little A, Burrows J, 'Diving deeper - outcomes of a rural immersive experience for allied health students', Surf's Up: Ride the Waves SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Rebecca Wolfgang, Tony Smith, Julie Burrows, Luke Wakely, Leanne Brown
2014 Wakely KML, Little A, Wakely L, Crowley E, 'Lights, camera, action! A visual resource to highlight paediatric development using an interprofessional model', The proceedings of the Occupational Therapy: A Life Practice NSW 7 ACT Conference (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Katrina Wakely
2014 Power E, McDonald B, Clarke L, Little AL, Wolffram D, Elbourn E, et al., 'Health-Education Partnerships: Bridging the Theory-to-Clinical Practice Gap through Evidence-Based, Collaborative Curriculum Redesign', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook & Program (2014) [E3]
2014 Croker AL, Wolfgang R, Leys J, Wakely K, Fisher K, Smith T, et al., 'Students as Individuals in Interprofessional Learning: Should there be an 'I' in 'Team'?', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook & Program (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Rebecca Wolfgang, Katrina Wakely, Karin Fisher, Tony Smith, Anne Croker, Jacqui Leys
2014 Crowley ET, Little A, Wakely L, Wakely K, 'The future is now: Interprofessional paediatric education for allied health professionals', Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia Volume 71 Supplement 1 May 2014 (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Katrina Wakely, Luke Wakely
2013 Little ALO, Wakely L, Crowley E, Wakely K, 'An innovative model of interprofessional paediatrics education for allied health professionals', Proceedings of the 10th National Allied Health Conference (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Katrina Wakely
2013 Little AL, 'The disappearing waiting list: Improving access to services through complete service redesign', Proceedings of the 10th National Allied Health Conference (2013) [E3]
2013 Little AL, Crowley E, Wakely L, Wakely K, 'Harnessing the energy through partnerships: interprofessional paediatric education for allied health professionals', Proceedings of the NSW Rural Health and Research Congress (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Katrina Wakely, Luke Wakely
2013 Little AL, Barry M, 'The ESSENCe of service innovation: Achieving equitable service provision in paediatric speech pathology', Proceedings of the NSW Rural Health and Research Congress (2013) [E3]
2013 Little AL, Grasselli M, 'Shifting the wait: meeting the demands for paediatric speech pathology services', Proceedings of the 12th National Rural Health Conference (2013) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $2,315

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20141 grants / $1,320

ANZAHPE - Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators, Gold Coast Australia, 7 - 10 July 2014$1,320

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Mrs Alex Little
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400698
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $995

National Allied Health Conference, Brisbane 16-18 October 2013$995

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Mrs Alex Little
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300974
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Mrs Alex Little

Position

Lecturer
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Speech Pathology

Contact Details

Email alexandra.little@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 6773 0140
Fax (02) 6771 1378

Office

Building Tamworth Education Centre UONDRH Tamworth
Location Tamworth

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