A return to Townsville a few years later saw Jenna join forces with another speech pathologist from Ayr, Julie Sexton. Together they combined their passion to provide speech pathology services to smaller communities across North Queensland and embarked upon their own speech pathology business, called TalkHQ.
“Julie and I share the same values, passion and vision of helping children succeed regardless of where they might be located. We started our business in Townsville, and have since opened up clinics in Ayr, Ingham and Mount Isa. We also regularly do outreach to smaller places such as Palm Island, Hughenden, Middlemount, Dysart and Bowen, whether that be face-to-face or telehealth online therapies.
“Bringing our services to communities like Palm Island, which we travel to every week, is a real highlight as they are just so thankful that we are bringing a regular service there. The gratitude that we receive from families living rurally just makes me feel like I'm truly living out my purpose and my passion.”
Jenna says she was also attracted to the idea of having her own business so that she could have the freedom to innovate and do things differently when needed.
“Some innovative programs we are currently doing include our ‘Walkie Talkies’ project, which is an online program for parents of children aged zero to three years old, to help their children learn to talk. It’s an early intervention strategy and also helps support families on our waiting list, which unfortunately exists due to a national shortage of speech pathologists.”
"The gratitude that we receive from families living rurally just makes me feel like I'm truly living out my purpose and my passion."
JCU Alumni and TalkHQ Co-Founder, Jenna Mottin