Professor Ward has been a leading academic and researcher in the field of speech pathology for 20 years. She obtained her PhD in 1994 from The University of Queensland and there until 2010. Since 2010, Prof Ward has held the position of Professor of the Centre for Functioning and Health Research (CFAHR), which is a joint position between Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health and The University of Queensland. In this role, Prof Ward is an advocate for the translation and uptake of telepractice within allied health services. Prof Ward has an international reputation in research areas relating to disorders of speech and swallowing with a specific focus on head and neck cancer (HNC) management. As part of her larger research agenda in these areas, she has examined the use of telepractice in the assessment and management of swallowing disorders, and also has a number of large projects exploring new ways to use telepractice to enhance access to speech pathology and allied health services for patients as they undergo HNC management. Liz was part of the working party tasked to develop the position statement for Telepractice for Speech Pathology Australia and is on the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Teleoncology Guidelines Working Group. Her publications can be found here.