Dr Felipe Retamal Walter

Lecturer in Speech Pathology

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


Dr Retamal-Walter is Lecturer in Speech Pathology in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at The University of Queensland. Building on over 10 years of clinical experience and academic experience in Chile, Dr Retamal-Walter completed his PhD at The University of Queensland in May 2022. His PhD project explored the nature of engagement in telepractice early intervention for families of young children with communication difficulties. Dr Retamal-Walter's interest in Information and Communication Technologies relies on the use of technology to provide person- and family-centred services directly into the home environment, which is a person's natural communication environment. His research interests also include the use of simulation, virtual/augmented reality, and other innovative approaches in the preparation and training of students from speech pathology, allied health, and other health and education disciplines.

University Profile: Dr Retamal-Walter is Lecturer in Speech Pathology in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.

Teaching Themes: Professional Practice and Communication Skills; Disorders of Early Language Development; Children with Special Needs in Communication.

Research interests: Telepractice, Communication Difficulties, Hearing Impairment, Person- and Family-Centred Care, Early Intervention, Telehealth, Professional Education.

Publications: 4 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter.

Reviewer: Chilean Journal of Speech-Language Pathology [Revista Chilena de Fonoaudiologia]; Language and Cognition [Lenguaje y Cognicion].

Research Interests

  • Telehealth
  • Person- and Family-Centred Care
  • Professional Education

Research Impacts

Dr Retamal-Walter has presented his work in a number of conferences in Australia, Chile and Latin America. He has collaborated with industry partners in Australia, and the governing bodies of Speech-Language Therapy in New Zealand and Chile. Dr Retamal-Walter's work on telepractice engagement has been used in the training and professional development of education and allied-health clinicians through Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Victoria/Tasmania Body, and CanChild in Canada. As a result of Dr Retamal-Walter's collaboration with the School of Biomedical Engineering (Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile) in the design and development of a novel device to measure the non-nutritive sucking of hospitalised newborns, he was awarded an invention patent in 2020 (Patent #201603353; see National Institute of Industrial Property [Chile], www.inapi.cl).

Dr Retamal-Walter has a growing profile in speech pathology and audiology research, with four papers published in international peer-reviewed journals, one currently under review, and three other manuscripts in preparation. He has also published a book chapter in a disciplinary book describing the role of the speech pathologist in neonatal and paediatric intensive care units.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Speech Pathology, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Universidad de Viña del Mar
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Speech Pathology, Universidad de Valparaíso


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