About

Dr Wendy Pearce is a senior lecturer at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, and teaches in the areas of paediatric speech and language impairments. Her primary research interest is in expanding knowledge of the language skills of Indigenous Australian children, with a view to improving identification of language delay/impairment in this population. She is also interested in service delivery approaches for children with speech and language disorders, particularly in schools and early childhood settings. She gained a PhD from Flinders University, in 2007 and has over 20 years prior experience working as a speech pathologist with children in early childhood settings and schools in South Australia.

Teaching
  • SL5001: Advanced Topic in Speech Pathology 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • SL5010: Postgraduate Research Project in Speech Pathology (Level 5; TSV)
  • SL5011: Postgraduate Research Project in Speech Pathology Part 1 of 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • SL5012: Postgraduate Research Project in Speech Pathology Part 2 of 2 (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Supporting local services to explore and apply evidence-based approaches to assessment and management of children with speech and language disorders, and their families and educators.
Research
  • Language abilities and characteristics of Indigenous Australian Children living in urban contexts, with a view to improving identification of language disorder in this population.
  • Documentation of service delivery approaches for children with speech and language disorders, particularly in schools and early childhood settings.
Teaching
  • Prepare students to assess, diagnose and manage child speech and language disorders (subjects SL2002 and SL2006).
  • Engage and motivate new speech pathology students to develop early generic competencies in reasoning, communication, lifelong learning and professionalism (subject SL1001).
  • Motivate and develop skills of speech pathology students for engagement in research at Honours or postgraduate levels.
  • Provide effective clinical teaching for students on placement within the JCU Speech and Language Clinic, or at Shalom Christian College (an independent school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children). Placement supervision takes place within the subjects SL2012, SL3003, SL3103, SL3006 or SL3106.
  • Develop ability of students to provide appropriate speech pathology diagnostic and intervention services for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly Indigenous Australian children.
Experience
  • 2003 to 2004 - Manager, Early Childhood Support Services, Department of Education and Children's Services (Felixtow, South Australia)
  • 1998 to 2003 - Speech Pathologist, Department of Education and Children's Services (Noarlunga, South Australia)
  • 1997 to 1998 - Project Officer, Department of Education, Training and Employment (Adelaide, South Australia)
  • 1979 to 1997 - Speech Pathologist, Early Childhood Services, Kindergarten Union (Morphett Vale, North Adelaide)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2004 - Flinders University Thesis Write-up Stipend
  • 2004 - Ember Venning Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • 1976 to 1979 - Undergraduate Scholarship, Education Department of South Australia
Memberships
  • 2012 to 2013 - Indigenous Allied Health Australia (Associate Member)
  • 2008 to 2013 - Speech Pathologists Board of Queensland
  • 2007 to 2013 - Asia Pacific Society for the Study of Speech, Language and Hearing
  • 2004 to 2013 - Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia)
  • 1979 to 2013 - Speech Pathology Australia
  • 2005 to 2012 - Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)
  • 2007 to 2011 - International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association
  • 2007 to 2010 - The ARC Network in Human Communication Science
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  • 43.012, Rehabilitation & Exercise Science (Townsville campus)
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