Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Nicole McGill

Proposed Title

'Wait' lifting: Active waiting for services for children with speech and language difficulties

Research

Children with speech and language difficulties and their families can remain on waiting lists for public speech-language pathology services for up to 12 months, which is problematic because research evidence is in favour of early intervention. Also, research into experiences of individuals on waiting lists indicates that they can experience stress and uncertainty (Connolly & Gersch, 2013; Dew et al., 2013; Miller et al., 2008). My PhD will holistically explore what happens while children and families are waiting for speech-language pathology services. Studies will focus on exploring natural change/spontaneous improvement in children's speech and language while waiting; how children are prioritised for speech-language pathology services; and educators and families' experiences of being on waiting lists, including what they do while they are waiting. The research also aims to provide an innovative solution for supporting children and families who are waiting for speech-language pathology services.

Why I chose CSU

I previously completed my speech pathology bachelor degree with honours at CSU in Albury. In the years following, I worked in clinical and project officer roles, as well as tutoring and research assistant roles through CSU. My interest in research continued to grow. I wanted to improve the experiences of and services for children with speech and language difficulties and their families, after the stories and experiences I had heard while working in the public health system. Professor Sharynne McLeod was one of my Honours research supervisors and it was with her encouragement that I applied for a RIPPLE PhD scholarship in 2016 and was successful. I was excited at the opportunity to commence PhD studies in November 2016 with Sharynne supervising once again, along with Dr Kate Crowe. I hope my research will directly impact children and families in a positive way and have direct relevance to clinicians at the frontline of service provision.

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia, Member and Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP)
  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Member (USA) 

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. Limbrick, N., McCormack, J., & McLeod, S. (2013). Designs and decisions: The creation of informal measures for assessing speech production in children. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 296-311.
  2. Limbrick, N. (2013). Top 10 transdisciplinary resources. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 154-156.

International and National Conference Presentations

  1. McGill, N. (2017, May). Speech pathology referrals project: Animation for education. Poster presentation at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  2. Limbrick, N. (2016, September). Speech pathology referrals project. Poster presentation at the 5th Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum: Leading Healthcare Transformation, Sydney, Australia.
  3. Limbrick, N., McCormack, J. & McLeod, S. (2013, June). Speech pathologists' decision-making when creating informal measures for assessing children's speech. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Gold Coast, Australia.
  4. Limbrick, N., McCormack, J. & McLeod, S. (2012, June). Designs and decisions: A review of informal measures for assessing children's speech. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Hobart, Australia.