Monique Waite is a Research Fellow in the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), an internationally unique consortium of 21 research, clinical and industry organisations investigating impacts, conducting world leading research in hearing healthcare. Her current research program involves the use of eHealth in improving access and outcomes of individuals with hearing loss and their families. She is also affiliated with the Communication Disability Centre at The University of Queensland. Monique is a qualified speech pathologist and a pioneer in research in the application of telepractice in paediatric speech pathology- having completed the first PhD in this field in 2010. Her thesis involved the validation of an Internet-based multimedia videoconferencing system for the assessment of the speech, language, and literacy of children aged 4-8 years and a proof of concept of an upgraded telehealth system for the treatment of children with literacy disorder using the Phonological Awareness for Literacy (PAL) Program.
Since being awarded her thesis, Monique has worked in teaching and research positions focusing on innovation in clinical practice and student education in the allied health professions. This includes the Simulated Telemedicine Environment Project for Students (STEPS; Griffith University), a large scale multidisciplinary study funded by the Australian Department of Health, which involved the delivery of novel simulated learning activities to students across the disciplines of dietetics, exercise physiology, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and speech pathology.
Monique's current research interests are 1) telepractice in speech pathology and audiology; 2) family-centred models of hearing healthcare; 3) health professional education, including simulated learning and interprofessional learning.