Dr Frowen is the Clinical Lead of the Speech Pathology team at Peter Mac. She has worked as a speech pathologist with a special interest in head and neck cancer since 2000, and completed her PhD in 2009. Her research involved a longitudinal cohort study of patients receiving radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, examining their swallowing outcomes before and after treatment. She continues to conduct clinical research in communication and swallowing outcomes after cancer treatment, particularly after radiotherapy or surgery for head and neck cancer. Dr Frowen is a regular invited lecturer at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University on various topics in head and neck cancer and tracheostomy management.
2021: Lea Medal – a prestigious award that recognises and promotes exceptional female research leaders in their early to mid-career.
2018: MASCC Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group – Best Abstract Award 2018
2017: Peter Mac Allied Health Research prize
2015: VCRN Early Career Clinician Researcher award
2009: Stephen Duckett Graduate Research Prize for Higher Degrees by Research