Dr Nicole Byrne

Dr Nicole Byrne

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Nicole Byrne worked as a clinical speech pathologist for 24 years before being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology at University of Newcastle in January, 2015. 

Clinical: Nicole has worked across a range of speech pathology clinical settings, including extensive adult acute, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and aged care settings. Nicole also has clinical experience in paediatric community based services. Experience in the health care settings also includes senior management roles in speech pathology and multidisciplinary (allied health & medical) service management, leadership development and performance management and planning.

Research: Nicole’s main research interests relate to the speech pathology and allied health workforce.  Nicole obtained her PhD, titled: Factors influencing the choice of Speech Pathology as a career: A comparative study, from the University of Newcastle in 2007 where she investigated the factors that influenced  students in speech pathology and related professions (social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and education) to enter their undergraduate program and career path.

Her research areas include the factors that influence people to choose speech pathology (and related professions) as a career, including personal and professional exposures, interests and altruism.  By understanding the factors that motivate people to enter speech pathology (and related professions) we can influence recruitment at times when there are shortages in the profession and examine ways to encourage certain groups within the community to enter speech pathology. This also incorporates the concept of workforce diversity in speech pathology, and consideration of the potential impact and implications of the professional demographics (i.e. lack of diversity, inclusion of speech pathology students from culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal backgrounds) has on client diversity and client’s engagement and attendance in therapy. 

Nicole’s research interests also extend to the impact of maltreatment on children’s communication and the role of speech pathology with this cohort. Unfortunately research shows that the number of children who have suffered maltreatment is increasing, but there is little research in the speech pathology field in regards to service provision to this cohort.

Teaching: Nicole’s current role includes 3rd year adult speech pathology clinical courses including SPTH 3001 Adult speech and language, SPTH 3002 Swallowing across the lifespan and SPTH 3080 Adult clinical practice, where she draws upon her clinical experience working with acute surgical caseloads (e.g. head injury, neurosurgery, laryngectomy, oral surgery), general rehabilitation (e.g. stroke, neurodegenerative disease, head injury) and in aged care settings (e.g. dementia neurological disease).  Nicole has a key focus on translation of theoretical concepts into practical application for the clinical environment.

Nicole also incorporates her wide range of clinical and professional skills and experiences for the clinical first year subject SPTH 1080- Introduction to Clinical Practice, where ethics, evidence based practice, and professional clinical behaviours are investigated for students who are just commencing their journey to becoming a speech pathologist.

The depth of knowledge across the wider speech pathology professional and managerial landscape provides significant experience for lecturing the SPTH 4035 Professional Issues 2 course, where the development of teamwork, leadership, supervision and negotiations skills are investigated within the work context, as well as preparation of students for the workforce via consideration of job ready skills (e.g. job interviews).

Student supervision and research projects: Nicole is always keen to discuss potential research projects with interested researchers or potential Research Higher Degree students, especially in the areas of:

  • Speech pathology workforce factors
  • Speech Pathology management  skills
  • Speech Pathology leadership
  • Allied Health workforce
  • Public knowledge about Speech Pathology
  • Speech Pathology role with children who have suffered maltreatment
  • Speech pathologists working with vulnerable client groups (e.g. Aboriginal families)

Nicole is the Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) Program.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney
  • Master of Applied Management (Health), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Aboriginal engagement
  • Adult speech and Language
  • Allied Health
  • Career choice
  • Public image/ knowledge of Speech Pathology
  • Speech Pathology
  • Speech Pathology Management
  • Vulnerable children
  • Workforce

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 25
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 25
200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/1991 - 26/01/2015 Head of Discipline Speech Pathology | Manager of Speech Pathology Services | Speech Pathologist Hunter New England Health
Maitland Hospital, Toronto Polyclinic rehabilitation service, John Hunter Hospital
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Byrne N, 'Internet images of the speech pathology profession', Australian health review, Early online (2017)
DOI 10.1071/AH17033
2017 Graham L, Byrne N, 'Aboriginal families¿ experiences of attending speech-language pathology services', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology, 19 19-26 (2017) [C1]
2017 Byrne N, Lyddiard T, Furniss R, 'Considering the impact of maltreatment on children in Out of Home Care when providing speech language pathology intervention: case examples', Speech, Language and Hearing, Early online 1-10 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/2050571X.2017.1338847
2017 Byrne N, 'Systematic review of speech and language therapy outcomes for children who are in Out of Home Care (OOHC)', SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING, 20 57-61 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/2050571X.2016.1207399
2017 O'Brien R, Mitchell R, Byrne N, 'Paradoxical perceptions towards the introduction of assistants in speech-language pathology and potential impact on consumers.', Scand J Caring Sci, (2017)
DOI 10.1111/scs.12437
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2017 Byrne N, 'The personality of past, present and future speech-language pathology students.', Int J Lang Commun Disord, (2017)
DOI 10.1111/1460-6984.12337
2015 Byrne N, 'Exposure to occupational therapy as a factor influencing recruitment to the profession.', Aust Occup Ther J, 62 228-237 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12191
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2015 Byrne N, 'Diversity in speech pathology: Endangered or extinct?', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 17 32-36 (2015) [C1]
2013 Byrne N, 'Challenges and practical strategies for speech pathologists working with children in out of home care (OOHC)', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15 131-137 (2013)
2013 O'Brien R, Byrne N, Mitchell R, Ferguson A, 'Rural speech-language pathologists' perceptions of working with allied health assistants', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15 613-622 (2013) [C1]

Workforce shortages are forecast for speech-language pathology in Australia, and will have a more significant impact on rural and remote areas than on metropolitan areas. Allied h... [more]

Workforce shortages are forecast for speech-language pathology in Australia, and will have a more significant impact on rural and remote areas than on metropolitan areas. Allied health (AH) disciplines such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy address the problem of workforce shortages and growing clinical demand by employing allied health assistants (AHAs) to provide clinical and administrative support to AH professionals. Currently, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) don't work with discipline-specific allied health assistants in all states of Australia (e.g., New South Wales). This paper aims to provide insight into the perceptions of SLPs in one Australian state (NSW) regarding working with AHAs. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight rural SLPs. Qualitative analysis indicated that participants perceived they had deficits in skills and knowledge required to work with AHAs and identified further training needs. Participants perceived the SLP role to be misunderstood and were concerned about poor consultation regarding the introduction of AHAs into the profession. Ambivalence was evident in overall perceptions of working with AHAs, and tasks performed. While previous research identified benefits of working with AHAs, results from this study suggest that significant professional, economic, and organizational issues need addressing before such a change should be implemented in speech-language pathology. © 2013 The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited.

DOI 10.3109/17549507.2012.759623
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Alison Ferguson, Rebecca Mitchell
2010 Byrne N, 'Why do students from related professions choose not to enter speech-language pathology?', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12 344-351 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/17549500903464346
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2008 Byrne N, 'Current and prospective speech-language pathology students' reports of exposure to speech-language pathology', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10 297-304 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/17549500802147018
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2008 Byrne N, 'Differences in types and levels of altruism based on gender and program', Journal of Allied Health, 37 22-29 (2008) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 14
2007 Byrne N, 'Factors influencing the selection of speech pathology as a career: A qualitative analysis utilising the systems theory framework', Australian Journal of Career Development, 16 11-18 (2007) [C1]
2005 Byrne N, 'Career choice & speech pathology: The influence of exposure to a speech pathologist.', ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 7 16-18 (2005)
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Conference (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Byrne N, Walters J, Perkins J, 'Describing stakeholder relationships in speech pathology clinical placements', Describing stakeholder relationships in speech pathology clinical placements (2017)
Co-authors Joanne Walters
2017 Smith R, Byrne N, Barr M, 'Interprofessional collaboration between Australian speech pathologists and audiologists: what is their perspective on this relationship?', Interprofessional collaboration between Australian speech pathologists and audiologists: what is their perspective on this relationship? (2017)
2017 Byrne N, 'Longitudinal comparison of career choice in speech pathology students', Longitudinal comparison of career choice in speech pathology students (2017)
2017 Walters J, Webb G, Hopf S, Hewat S, Byrne N, O'Toole G, 'Speech pathology clinical placements in Fiji', Speech pathology clinical placements in Fiji (2017)
Co-authors Sally Hewat, Joanne Walters, Gjyn Otoole
2017 Unicomb RA, Hewat S, Byrne N, Walters J, Spencer E, 'Confidence in working with people with communication disorders: The effects of an online University course delivered to non-speech-language pathology students', Confidence in working with people with communication disorders: The effects of an online University course delivered to non-speech-language pathology students (2017)
Co-authors Sally Hewat, Elizabeth Spencer, Rachael Unicomb, Joanne Walters
2017 Byrne N, O'brien R, 'Student perceptions of factors that influence entry to the speech pathology program for Aboriginal and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students', Student perceptions of factors that influence entry to the speech pathology program for Aboriginal and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students (2017)
2017 O'brien R, Byrne N, Mitchell R, 'Speech-language pathologists¿ paradoxical perceptions of working with assistants and consumer focus.', ). Speech-language pathologists¿ paradoxical perceptions of working with assistants and consumer focus. (2017)
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2017 Byrne N, 'Current representation of Speech Pathology on the Internet and the implications for health professions.' (2017)
2016 Crowell J, Byrne N, Webb G, 'Caseworker and case manager perceptions of speech pathology services for children in out of home care' (2016)
2016 Byrne N, 'What do we know about males in speech pathology?' (2016)
2016 Byrne N, 'The application of the ICF-CY to children who have suffered maltreatment.' (2016)
2016 O'Brien R, Mitchell R, Byrne N, 'Consumer focus and paradox: Speech-language pathologists' perceptions of working with assistants' (2016)
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2016 Smith R, Byrne N, Barr M, 'The perceptions of Australian speech pathologists and audiologists regarding interprofessional collaboration' (2016)
2016 Crowell J, Byrne N, Webb G, 'Caseworker and case manager perceptions of speech pathology services for children in out of home care' (2016)
2015 Byrne N, 'Speech pathology research on professional diversity' (2015)
2014 Kelleher L, Byrne N, 'Attending speech therapy: Aboriginal families¿ experience.' (2014)
2014 O'Brien R, Mitchell R, Byrne N, 'Resistance to a workforce redesign and perceived professional identity threat.' (2014)
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2014 Byrne N, 'Challenges and practical strategies for speech pathologists working with children in Out of Home Care (OOHC)' (2014)
2014 Byrne N, Lyddiard T, 'Challenges and practical strategies for speech pathologists working with children in Out of Home Care (OOHC)' (2014)
2013 O'Brien R, Mitchell R, Byrne N, 'Speech pathologists¿ perceptions of working with allied health assistants' (2013)
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2013 Byrne N, Kelleher L, 'Engagement of Aboriginal families with community-based speech pathology services' (2013)
2007 Byrne N, 'The influence of exposure on career choice and how this is relevant for rural settings?' (2007)
2006 Byrne N, 'Role of therapeutic exposure to someone in the same profession' (2006)
2004 Byrne N, 'Motivation for speech pathology as a career choice.' (2004)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 10
Total funding $134,787

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


20174 grants / $104,729

Research Advantage PhD scholarship$78,864

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Scheme Research Advantage Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Strategic Network and Pilot Projects Grant$15,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Society Health Disability Research Group

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2017 International Visitor from King's College London, UK$9,875

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Nicole Byrne, Professor Alan Cribb
Scheme International Research Visiting Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1600888
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

FEUDA Travel grant$990

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme FEDUA Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20163 grants / $12,740

Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education- Early Career Researcher Development Funding$9,840

The purpose of the CEEHE Early Career Researcher Development Funding is to support the development of interdisciplinary research in the field of equity in higher education, amongst early career researchers at the University of Newcastle.

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Scheme Seed Grant Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

UON FEUDA Travel grant$1,500

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts | Australia

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts | Australia
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

UON FEUDA New staff grant$1,400

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts | Australia

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts | Australia
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20152 grants / $12,318

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 Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500760
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Equal Futures Award$1,400

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Nicole Byrne
Scheme Equal Futures Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501533
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20141 grants / $5,000

Speech Pathology Australia Clinician Researcher Grant$5,000

Funding body: Speech Pathology Australia

Funding body Speech Pathology Australia
Scheme Clinician Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.3
PhD0.7

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Masters Validation of a Clinical Aphasia Assessment Tool for Vietnamese M Philosophy(Speech Pathology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Investigating Perceptions, Knowledge and Use of Health Promotion in Speech Pathology PhD (Speech Pathology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Rural Speech Pathologists' Perceptions of Working with Allied Health Assistants PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 Honours The perceptions of Australian speech pathologists and audiologists regarding Interprofessional collaboration. Speech Pathology, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 Honours Caseworker and case manager perceptions of speech pathology services for children in out of home care. Speech Pathology, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Dr Nicole Byrne

Position

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

Contact Details

Email nicole.byrne@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4985 4180
Fax (02) 4921 7386
Link Twitter

Office

Room GP Building Room GP 2- 28
Building Callaghan Campus, GP Building
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