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Speech Pathology Research

Speech Pathology research is largely clinically based and aimed at improving the outcomes of  patients and contributing to the evidence-base of Speech Pathology. Previous and current research encompass the clinical areas of severe burn injury, tracheostomy, critical care, head and neck cancer, clinical education, aged care, palliative care and aphasia post stroke.

Selected Grants

Amount awarded Grant and project details
$3600 SLHD Allied Health Seeding Grant, 2019-2022
Validation of incidence and predictive factors for dysphagia in older persons following severe burn injury
Investigator: Clayton NA

Our Publications


Brodsky, M. B., A. Freeman-Sanderson and M. J. Brenner (2021). "Voice, Swallow, and Airway Impairment After Late Tracheostomy: Defining Features of COVID-19 Survivorship." Laryngoscope 131(7): E2311.
Charters E, Bogaardt H, Clark J, Milross C, Freeman-Sanderson A, Ballard K, Britton R, McCabe N, Davis H, Sullivan T, Wu R. Functional swallowing outcomes related to radiation exposure to dysphagia and aspiration-related structures in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing definitive and postoperative intensity-modulated radiotherapy. Head Neck. 2022 Feb;44(2):399-411. doi: 10.1002/hed.26936. Epub 2021 Nov 22. PMID: 34808023.
Charters, E., R. Wu, C. Milross, H. Bogaardt, A. Freeman-Sanderson, K. Ballard, S. Davies, J. Oates and J. Clark (2021). "Swallowing and communication outcomes following primary transoral robotic surgery." Head and Neck 43(7): 2013-2023.
Clayton NA, Ward EC, Nicholls C, Giannone R, Skylas K, Maitz PK. The addition of respiratory muscle strength training (RMST) to facilitate swallow and pulmonary rehabilitation following massive tissue loss and severe deconditioning: A case series. Australian Critical Care 2021, Apr 23;S1036-7314(21)00041-2.
Clayton. N.A., Walker. E., Freeman-Sanderson, A. Clinical profile and recovery pattern of dysphagia in the COVID-19 patient: a prospective observational cohort within NSW. Australian Critical Care (in press)
El-Wahsh, S., C. Layfield, H. Bogaardt, F. Kumfor and K. J. Ballard (2021). "Perspectives from the patient: A content analysis of communication changes, impact, and strategies to facilitate communication in multiple sclerosis." International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
El-Wahsh, S., R. Heard, H. Bogaardt, F. Kumfor and K. J. Ballard (2021). "Variables Associated with Self-reported Language Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis." International Journal of MS Care 23(2): 85-92.
Freeman-Sanderson, A., E. C. Ward, A. Miles, I. de Pedro Netto, S. Duncan, Y. Inamoto, J. McRae, N. Pillay, S. A. Skoretz, M. Walshe, M. B. Brodsky, S. K. Archer, S. Baker, L. Bergström, C. L. Burns, T. Cameron, M. Cimoli, N. A. Clayton, G. Clunie, T. Cole, C. Dawson, K. Dikeman, B. Duggan, L. Engelbrecht, N. Langton-Frost, B. Hemsley, H. Kalf, M. Kazandjian, S. Lakha, S. Marvin, M. McIntyre, J. Puntil-Sheltman, J. R. do Nascimento Junior, D. M. Suiter, A. L. Sutt, S. Wallace, C. J. Zaga and C.-S. G. Group (2021). "A Consensus Statement for the Management and Rehabilitation of Communication and Swallowing Function in the ICU: A Global Response to COVID-19." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 102(5): 835-842.
Larkman, C.S., Mellahn, K., Han, W., & Rose, M.L. (In press). Aphasia rehabilitation when speech pathologists and clients do not share the same language: a scoping review. Aphasiology. DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2022.2035672
Marshall, A. P., D. E. Austin, D. Chamberlain, L. A. S. Chapple, M. Cree, K. Fetterplace, M. Foster, A. Freeman-Sanderson, R. Fyfe, B. A. Grealy, A. Hodak, A. Holley, P. Kruger, G. Kucharski, W. Pollock, E. Ridley, P. Stewart, P. Thomas, K. Torresi and L. Williams (2021). "A critical care pandemic staffing framework in Australia." Australian Critical Care 34(2): 123-131.
Mellahn, K., Larkman, C., Lakhani, A., Siyambalapitiya, S., & Rose, M. L. (2021). The nature of inpatient rehabilitation for people with aphasia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds: a scoping review. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 1-11.
N. M. Hardingham, E. C. Ward, N. A. Clayton & R. A. Gallagher (In Press) Does the mandibular lingual release approach impact post-operative swallowing in patients with oral cavity and/or oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas: a scoping review, Speech, Language and Hearing, DOI: 10.1080/2050571X.2022.2064114
Pollens, R., L. Chahda, A. Freeman-Sanderson, E. Lalonde Myers and B. Mathison (2021). "Supporting Crucial Conversations: Speech-Language Pathology Intervention in Palliative End-of-Life Care." Journal of Palliative Medicine 24(7): 969-970.
Ridley, E. J., A. Freeman-Sanderson and K. J. Haines (2021). "Surge capacity for critical care specialised allied health professionals in Australia during COVID-19." Australian Critical Care 34(2): 191-193.

Our Presentations


Clayton, N.A., Ward, E.C., Nicholls, C., Giannone, R., Skylas, K., & Maitz, P.K. (2020). Respiratory muscle strength training (RMST) to facilitate swallow and pulmonary rehabilitation in critical care patients with severe deconditioning: A case series, Dysphagia Research Society, March, 2020, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (International virtual presentation)
Clayton, N.A. Dysphagia in Critical Illness and Respiratory Disease. NSW Dysphagia Interest Group, April 2020 (National virtual presentation).
Freeman-Sanderson, A., Thompson, K., Rogers., K., Elkins, M., Elliott, D., Brodsky, M. &  Hammond, N. A profile of patients with communication and swallowing disorders following sepsis: new prevalence data.Paper presented at Winter ANZICS CTG Conference, N.Z. (Online), 2020.
Freeman-Sanderson, A., Thompson, K., Rogers., K., Elkins, M., Elliott, D., Brodsky, M. &  Hammond, N. A profile of patients with dysphagia following sepsis: new prevalence data.Paper presented at Dypshagia Research Society Conference, U.S. (Online), 2020.
Cherie Lucas, Carolyn Hayes, Tamara Power, Caleb Ferguson, David Kennedy, Gail Forrest, Bronwyn Hemsley, Amy Freeman-Sanderson, Michelle Courtney-Harris. From RIPE to RIPE-N: Developing and implementing models to enhance interprofessional collaboration. Presented at The UTS Learning and Teaching Forum, 2020.
Freeman-Sanderson, A., Ryan, H., Clayton, N., O'Carrigan,L., Hemsley., B. Integrating learning, teaching and research on the front line: Translation of education pedagogy into speech pathology practice in a hospital setting. Presented at The UTS Learning and Teaching Forum, 2020.
Wardrop, B, Wark, K., McGloin, E., Leong, T., Freeman-Sanderson, A. Oral Pressure Injuries: A Retrospective Review of Mechanically Ventilated Patients. SEERS UTS conference, 2020.
Freeman-Sanderson, A., Ward, E. C., Miles, A., de Pedro Netto, I., Duncan, S., Inamoto, Y., . . . Zaga, C. J. A consensus statement for the management and rehabilitation of communication and swallowing function in the ICU: A global response to COVID-19. SEERS UTS conference, 2020.
Judson, A., Clayton, N.A. Dysphagia rehabilitation in the COVID-19 patient: a case study. CRGH Grand Rounds August 2020 (virtual).