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 (UC)

In this senior role she works with 12 health disciplines and their associated accreditation standards, educational approaches, research and cultures. 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, nursing, midwifery, public health and sport workforce. This is reflected in both her leadership of the Faculty and her research. 

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. Her work as a leader of the “Wobbly Hub” research team developed evidence for innovative allied health service delivery models in rural areas as well as strategies for retaining allied health professionals in rural positions. Service delivery models included the incorporation of local allied health assistants, telehealth,  and telesupervision.

Michelle takes a mixed methods approach to service delivery evaluation that includes measurement of intervention outcomes as well as the perspectives and experiences of stakeholders. This work informed the role out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in rural areas. Research findings highlight the need for “rural proofing” of state and federal government health and disability policies to ensure they are fit for purpose and implementable in these contexts. 

Michelle works within an team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and in partnership with communities to explore and record the perspectives of Aboriginal people about the needs of people with disabilities living in remote communities, the experience of support planning for Aboriginal people accessing the NDIS and retention factors influencing the Aboriginal health, disability and aged care workforce.

You can hear Michelle talk about her perspectives on health education and leadership in the podcast here.

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 Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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