Dr Annie Hill

Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Post-Doctoral Researcher

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
aj.hill@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 58876

Overview

As a founding member of the Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation (CRT) Annie been instrumental in the development and evaluation of a range of telerehabilitation applications for use in speech-language pathology. Her doctoral thesis was the first in the field of telerehabilitation in speech pathology. Annie contributed to the development of the telerehabilitation system eHAB™ which was subsequently commercialised through Uniquest. Annie is now spearheading the development of an asynchronous telehealth system for use in speech pathology, with trials occurring in a number of research projects. Annie has an international reputation in the field of telehealth and speech pathology with invitations to present her work at international conferences in Italy, Finland (keynote), Austria and invitations to teach into speech pathology programs in Denmark, Germany and Norway. Her national reputation has been firmly established through her invited presentations at conferences and workshops, collaborations with researchers at other universities (La Trobe, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Monash), co-authoring the Speech Pathology Australia Position Statement on Telepractice (telehealth), conducting and publishing a national survey of telehealth practice in speech pathology and the presentation of her work at various national conferences, including the NHMRC Symposium: Research for a Health Future in 2011. Annie has been employed in postdoctoral positions within both the Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation and the Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth.

Research Interests

  • Telerehabilitation/Telepractice
    My major research themes are the development and implementation evaluation of telerehabilitation applications in speech-language pathology and more broadly in allied health.

Research Impacts

Annie is the world's foremost aphasia telerehabilitation researcher (Telerehabilitation AND Aphasia: Web of Science 23/04/19). She has published 1 book chapter (invited), a implementation guide (1), 51 journal articles (1 invited) and 17 conference papers. Annie's research has been published in the highest quality journals in the fields of telehealth (e.g., J Telemed Telecare), speech pathology (e.g., International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology) and neuroscience (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience). According to Web of Science citation database (23/04/2019), Dr Hill is joint #1 ranked scientist in the world (with her colleague Theodoros) for the total number of publications in the field of speech pathology and telerehabilitation. Annie has an international reputation having consulted for the Scottish Centre for Telehealth on the implementation of telerehabilitation services across Scotland and presenting her work at international conferences including a keynote address at the Nordic Aphasia Conference in 2019. She was awarded best presentation at the Canadian Society of Telehealth Annual Conference in 2007 and a Rising Star Award at the Parkinson's Australia National Conference in 2012. Dr Hill has been invited to present her research in the USA (2015), Canada (2015), Denmark (2016), Italy (2019), Finland (2019), Germany (2019), Norway (2019), and Austria (2020).

Annie has a strong record of applying for research funding. Annie has obtained over $3.3M in competitive research grants and scholarship funding in last 5 years, including a NHMRC Project Grant (#1129347), NHMRC Partnership Grant (#1057047) and HEARing CRC. She has received funding support from the Stroke foundation including the prestigious Fostering Future Leader Grant in 2015. She has also successfully obtained industry funding through Queensland Health Research Grants ($258,852). She is the recipient of a highly competitive UQ Early Career Researcher Grant for her work on an asynchronous telerehabilitation platform for speech pathology. Annie has been awarded the SHRS Award for Research Excellence Academic Level A in 2014, 2015, 2016 and the SHRS Research Translation Award in 2018.

Annie has supervised 4 PhDs to completion and currently supervises 3 PhD students. Two of her students have won multiple awards (Wall: Best Presentation Award at three international conferences: SFT 2015; 2 x Dyphagia Research Society 2015; Burns: RBWH Research Medal 2016 and QuARRIE award 2016, Metro North Research Award 2016 and Staff Excellence Award 2015). She has supervised 13 honours students and 8 graduate entry students to completion (first class). One PhD and three honours students received project funding from the Stroke Foundation. Annie also provides mentorship to postdoctoral researchers and PhD students within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, CRE in Telehealth and the CRE in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • B Speech Pathology, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This program of research will require the translation of an in-person delivered intensive comprehensive aphasia program (ICAP) into telerehabilitation delivery directly into the homes of people with aphasia. Evaluation will encompass communication and quality of life outcomes and a cost analysis.

  • This mixed methods program of research will determine the access, satisfaction, and implementation barriers and facilitators for delivering an intensive comprehensive aphasia program (ICAP) via telerehabilitation compared to delivery in-person from the perspective of all participants and service providers.

  • This is a mixed methods, multi-stakeholder perspective program of research which seeks to determine the feasibility of implementing an asynchronous telerehabilitation model of care into aphasia rehabilitation. Evaluation will involve communication and quality of life outcomes, service level data and interview data.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Burns, C., Hill, A. and Ward, E. C. (2014). Supporting head and neck cancer management: Use of technology. In Elizabeth C. Ward and Corina J. van As-Brooks (Ed.), Head and neck cancer: Treatment, rehabilitation and outcomes 2nd ed. (pp. 541-568) San Diego, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This program of research will require the translation of an in-person delivered intensive comprehensive aphasia program (ICAP) into telerehabilitation delivery directly into the homes of people with aphasia. Evaluation will encompass communication and quality of life outcomes and a cost analysis.

  • This mixed methods program of research will determine the access, satisfaction, and implementation barriers and facilitators for delivering an intensive comprehensive aphasia program (ICAP) via telerehabilitation compared to delivery in-person from the perspective of all participants and service providers.

  • This is a mixed methods, multi-stakeholder perspective program of research which seeks to determine the feasibility of implementing an asynchronous telerehabilitation model of care into aphasia rehabilitation. Evaluation will involve communication and quality of life outcomes, service level data and interview data.