With employability for speech pathologists in Australia now being at an all-time high, Rachael and Grace are keen to spruik the rewarding nature of the work they do as speech pathologists to anyone who might be considering a health-related career.
Rachael: There's just such a demand for speech pathology in Cairns and we'd really love to be able to fill that gap. We recently employed three additional therapists and increased our capacity to offer more telehealth services to rural and remote areas.
I love that even in my role working solely with young children, every day is so different. I may start my day supporting a little one with their language difficulties, followed by working on literacy skills or assessing swallowing and feeding skills. I just love seeing those small steps in progress that you get from working with a child over time and being able to adapt your therapy sessions according to what the child may need.
Grace: I love being a speech pathologist for so many reasons. Every day is a new kind of challenge, requiring a mix of compassion, imagination, critical thinking and problem-solving. There’s just so much variety to the work you can do, working with people from across the lifespan, from new-born babies to the elderly recovering from a stroke, for example.
You can work in hospitals, in schools, in aged care facilities, in correctional facilities, provide generalist outreach services, or work in a private clinic. The work you do really can change lives. Communication is a fundamental human right and being able to help other people from all walks of life to be able to communicate is just so rewarding.
If you think a career in speech pathology could be for you, read the stories of Talk HQ Co-Founder, Jenna Mottin, or Alumni Emma Trimble’s work as a regional resource speech pathologist to learn more about what speech pathology could hold for you.