Belinda Jessup

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Belinda Jessup

Lecturer in Rural Health (Allied Health)

Room E012 , E Block

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Dr Belinda Jessup is a speech and language pathologist with extensive clinical experience working with school-aged children with communication and swallowing impairments.  She is currently working with the Centre for Rural Health at the University of Tasmania as a research active academic and has a particular interest in health workforce planning.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Belinda was a senior speech and language pathologist with the Department of Education, Tasmania for 17 years.  She completed her doctoral studies through the University of Queensland in 2008 whilst continuing to work clinically in Tasmania. Her doctoral research focused on examining the early identification and referral of kindergarten students with speech and language impairment to speech pathology services.  The outcomes of her research paved the way for population wide screening programs to be introduced by speech pathologists across the state which is now successfully seeing students access speech pathology services as early as possible in their schooling career.

Belinda joined the Centre for Rural Health in May, 2017 as a research assistant, and is now engaged in a research intensive academic position.  Belinda has a particular interest in health service provision to local communities and the challenge of health workforce planning.

Career summary


Degree Thesis title UniversityCountry Date of award

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons)


University of Queensland


Dec, 2000

Doctor of Philosophy

Early Identification and Referral of Children with Speech and/or Language Impairment to Speech Pathology Services in Tasmania

University of Queensland


Mar, 2009

View more on Dr Belinda Jessup in WARP


  • Speech pathology
  • Childhood screening programs
  • Health workforce planning

Research Themes

Belinda’s research interests align to the University’s research theme of Better Health. Her research interest into health service provision to local communities and the need for health workforce planning is underpinned by the importance of providing adequate health services for all. The ongoing maldistribution of health professionals across Australia has meant that people in rural and regional areas often have much poorer access to health services, which in turn negatively impacts on their health status.  By examining the current distribution of health professionals and exploring the mechanisms by which professionals can be attracted and retained to rural areas, this will ultimately lead to improved health outcomes for regional and remote communities across Tasmania and Australia.

Current projects

Recruitment and Employment of Recent Nursing and Allied Health Graduates Across Tasmania: Opportunities, Barriers and Pathways

As recruitment and retention within rural areas remains problematic for many health professions, quantifying employment opportunities for recent graduates and understanding their employment expectations is critical to workforce planning. Similarly, understanding the recruitment experiences of employers is essential to provide important information to policy makers, health services and education providers on the preparation of health graduates and what may be useful to enable their transition to successful employment. This cross sectional study of employers, recent graduates and final years students aims to explore these issues.

Fields of Research

  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Rural and remote health services (420321)
  • Ophthalmology and optometry (321299)

Research Objectives

  • Workforce transition and employment (160206)
  • Rural and remote area health (200508)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)


  • Jessup, B., Ward, E., Cahill, L., & Keating, D. (2008). Prevalence of speech and/or language impairment in preparatory students in northern Tasmania. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10(5), 364 - 377.
  • Jessup B., Ward E., Cahill L., & Keating, D. (2008). Teacher identification of speech and language impairment in kindergarten students using the Kindergarten Development Check. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10(6), 449 - 459.

Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2019Kent K, Jessup J, Marsh P, Barnett T, Ball M, 'A systematic review and quality appraisal of bereavement care practice guidelines', Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice ISSN 1365-2753 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jep.13225 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Kent K; Marsh P; Barnett T


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2019Barnett T, Jessup B, Cross M, Mallick S, Proudfoot F, et al., 'Challenges to Employing Recent Nursing and Allied Health Graduates in Rural Areas', 15th National Rural Health Conference, 24-27 March 2019, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barnett T; Cross M; Mallick S; Proudfoot F; Cooper A; Quarmby L

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



RANZCO STP evaluation (2020 - 2021)$50,000
Evaluation of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Specialist Training Program (STP). The overarching aim of the evaluation is to improve the STP experience for trainees and supervisors and to increase the number of STP posts available in rural Australia. The primary objectives of the evaluation are to:Explore the issues faced by STP supervisors and the trainees rotated to STP posts Investigate how the STP program can be made more attractive to potential supervisorsHelp RANZCO and the training networks improve the existing STP postings for the trainees and their supervisors Inform the development of strategies to increase the number of ophthalmology STP posts, particularly in rural and regional Australia
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists ($50,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Barnett Tony; Allen PL; Obamiro KO; Jessup BL
2020 - 2021

Research Supervision

Belinda has an interest in support higher degree candidates who would like to examine health service provision, improvement or planning. She is currently supervising a research higher degree candidate who is examining the rural health workforce of Tasmania.  The doctoral research aims to investigate the changing patterns of service provision to local communities in Tasmania, together with issues associated with early career recruitment and retention of nursing and allied health professionals.




PhDRural Health Care Professional Training Strategies2020