Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology people

Academic staff who deliver our programs have a diverse range of clinical, academic and research backgrounds relevant to their field. Many have both national and international training and experience and some have nationally recognised research.

All academic staff have qualifications relevant to occupational therapy or social work and teach in units that are aligned with their clinical experience, bringing an enhanced level of teaching excellence to the School that is reflected in the number and range of university and service awards they receive.

As evidence of the high standard of teaching and learning in our School, a number of academic staff have won Faculty, University or Carrick teaching awards over recent years. These awards are highly competitive and recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of the student experience.

In addition, academic staff engage in clinical relationships relevant to their practice/content areas in health, social work and education and maintain membership of relevant committees and organisations external to the university. Further, academic staff regularly participate in national and international research activities, including international conferences.

Head of School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology

Professor Angus Buchanan – Head of School


School Executive

Professional staff

Occupational Therapy staff

Discipline Lead – Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor Marina Ciccarelli

Academic Staff

Social Work staff

Discipline Lead – Social Work

Professor Donna Chung

Academic Staff

Speech Pathology staff


Discipline Lead – Speech Pathology

Dr Mary Claesson – Discipline Lead, Speech Pathology

Academic staff

Associate Professor Janet Beilby – Associate Professor

Dr Britta Biedermann – Lecturer

Dr Mary Claesson – Discipline Lead, Speech Pathology

Dr Naomi Cocks – Senior Lecturer

Dr Neville Hennessey – Senior Lecturer

Dr Suze Leitao – Senior Lecturer

Miss Brooke Sanderson – Fieldwork Director

Dr Sharon Smart – Lecturer

Associate Professor Anne Whitworth – Associate Professor

Associate Professor Cori Williams – Adjunct Research Fellow

Ms Elizabeth Dunkin – Clinical Coordinator

Miss Casey Magee – Lecturer

Dr Lydia Timms – Lecturer