Alison

Principal Speech Pathologist

Alison is a graduate of Flinders University in South Australia. After working within the Community Health and hospital setting in country S.A., she moved to Western Australia where she continued with Community Health until launching her first private practice. Married to an adventuring sea farer has seen Alison and her family spend several years on the high seas, living and working in an international community of volunteers. Working with others from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds has been a wonderful experience which has shaped Alison’s experiences and world view.

Her time overseas was interspersed with time back in Australia, working in the fields of disability support, health and education. In 2008 Alison and her family moved to outback South Australia, establishing a private practice and working very closely with the indigenous community.

In 2012 Alison moved to beautiful Newcastle, New South Wales. After unpacking the final packing box, she was heard to say “I’m never moving again!” A great way for Alison to get to know the region and the people of NSW was to take a job with the Hunter New England Health District, working as a Rural Reliever. This means that she has worked the length and breadth of the Hunter, Upper Hunter and Lower Mid North Coast, providing Speech Pathology services to adults and children within the Hospitals and Community Health Centres.

All this travel has given Alison a good understanding of the region and needs of adults, children and families who live here. It has ben an exciting time for Alison and her family as she has established this new private practice. She loves working with a diverse client base and values the time she can now spend, giving each client the direct care and consideration they require to bring out their best and meet their communication and literacy goals. Alison continues to maintain her clinical skills through ongoing professional development, regular mentoring and occasionally working back in the acute care wards of the local hospitals and the nursing homes “just for fun”.

Read my post on why I do what I do.