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Professor Michelle Lincoln B App Sci (Speech Path), PhD, FSPA, PFHEA

Professor Michelle Lincoln is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, The University of Canberra. In this senior role she is engaged in all aspects of the leadership of the Faculty. Michelle is focused on promoting the role and impact of health and sport professionals on the lives of clients, patients and communities. Her second focus is on the preparation of the future allied health workforce. This is reflected in both her leadership of the Faculty and her research.

Michelle was formerly the Deputy Dean, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching and the Head of Discipline of Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney. She was the inaugural chair of the Asia Pacific Education Collaboration in Speech Pathology. Michelle has over 20 years of experience in facilitating student learning both in the classroom and on clinical placement. She takes a scholarly approach to learning and teaching and this has resulted in three cross institutional learning and teaching projects funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching and University and National teaching awards. Her research in education is focused on competency based assessment in clinical settings, clinical education models, ethical development and interprofessional learning.

Michelle writes and researches in the areas of allied health service delivery and workforce particularly in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Her research has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the NSW Government. She has published more than a hundred and thirty peer reviewed journal papers as well as books and book chapters. Most recently her work as the leader of the “Wobbly Hub” research team has developed evidence for innovative allied health service delivery models in rural areas as well as strategies for retaining allied health professionals. This work is informing the role out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in rural areas. Currently this work is being extended to investigate allied health service delivery models in rural and remote Aboriginal communities. Michelle is an experienced higher degree research supervisor completing 15 honours students and 14 PhD students.

Michelle has won university and national teaching awards for her educational expertise in Speech Pathology. She is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia and a Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Education/Academic qualification



External positions

Member - Academic Board, University of Sydney


Steering Committee Northern Sydney Local Health District Partnership


Disability Action Plan Committee


Associate Member, Indigenous Allied Health Australia

2017 → …

Research Advisory Board - Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Sydney


Indigenous Strategy and Services Committee, University of Sydney


Admissions Committee, University of Sydney


Leadership Team - Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney


Chair - Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Workload Monitoring Working Group, University of Sydney


Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, University of Sydney


Central Promotions Committee, University of Sydney


Research Committee - Faculty of Health Sciences, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, University of Sydney


Westmead Precinct Board, Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research


Western Sydney Project Control Board


Curriculum Committee Chair - Faculty of Health Sciences Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, University of Sydney


Payne- Scott Professors working party


Deputy Dean, Strategy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney


Associate Dean Indigenous Strategy and Services, University of Sydney


Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney


Professor - Speech Pathology, University of Sydney


Fellow, Speech Pathology Australia


Associate Dean Undergraduate Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney


Panel member - Undergraduate Program in speech pathology, University of Queensland


Chair accreditation panel - Masters in speech pathology, University of Queensland


Acting Coordinator Masters in Speech Language Pathology, University of Sydney


Accreditation Panel - Undergraduate and Masters, Speech Pathology courses, La Trobe University


Rural Liaison Academic - Faculty of Health, University of Sydney


Research Team Leader -Communication and Inclusion, University of Sydney


Head of Discipline of Speech Pathology, University of Sydney


Associate Professor, University of Sydney


Post graduate Director of Clinical Education, University of Sydney


Negotiator - Australia University accreditation program, Speech Pathology Australia


Member - Grant Approval Committee, Speech Pathology Australia


Member - Graduate Survey Task Force , Speech Pathology Australia


Member - Graduate Survey Task Force, Speech Pathology Australia


Task Force Leader - Development of Clinical Education Position Paper, Speech Pathology Australia


Member, Special Interest Division of ASHA –Fluency


Member, Speech Pathology Australia

2000 → …

Member, American Association of Speech Language Pathology


Member, Council of Supervisors in Speech Language Pathology


Senior lecturer, University of Sydney


Director of Clinical Education - Undergraduate and Post Graduate studies, University of Sydney


Lecturer, University of Sydney


Member, Australian Speak Easy Association


Associate lecturer, University of Sydney


Senior tutor and research assistant, University of Sydney


Member, Australian Association of Speech and Hearing


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Research Output 1993 2019

Accessibility of primary, specialist, and allied health services for Aboriginal people living in rural and remote communities: Protocol for a mixed-methods study

Macniven, R., Hunter, K., Lincoln, M., O’Brien, C., Jeffries, T. L., Shein, G., Saxby, A., Taylor, D., Agius, T., Finlayson, H., Martin, R., Kong, K., Nolan-Isles, D., Tobin, S. & Gwynne, K., Feb 2019, In : JMIR Research Protocols. 8, 2, p. 1-7 7 p., 11471.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Rural Population
Health Services
Community Health Services
Rural Health Services
New South Wales

Customised approaches to vocational education can dramatically improve completion rates of Australian Aboriginal students

Gwynne, K., Rojas, J., Hines, M., Bulkeley, K., Irving, M., McCowen, D. & Lincoln, M., 2019, In : Australian Health Review. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vocational Education
Nursing Students
Disabled Children
Health Services
Disabled Persons
Speech-Language Pathology
Language Therapy

Patient perceptions of communication with diagnostic radiographers

Pollard, N., Lincoln, M., Nisbet, G. & Penman, M., 4 May 2019, In : Radiography. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Carers' preferences for the delivery of therapy services for people with disability in rural Australia: evidence from a discrete choice experiment

Gallego, G., Dew, A., Lincoln, M., Bundy, A., Bulkeley, K., Brentnall, J. & Veitch, C., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 62, 5, p. 371-381 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Disabled Persons
Disability Insurance
Health Expenditures