In 2006, Sarah began her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University. She was drawn to the course as she wanted to support individuals with communication difficulties and appreciated how the field provided opportunities for ongoing professional development. “It was a great learning and life experience,” Sarah says. "During my time at Flinders, I realised the endless career opportunities in speech pathology and allied health.”
As a new graduate, Sarah commenced in private practice, providing locum speech pathology services throughout Adelaide and rural and remote areas. “I quickly progressed into a clinical managerial role overseeing a small team of speech pathologists and dietitians,” Sarah says. “I was also proactive in accessing a mentor and dedicated weekends to developing skills working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to eventually become an ASD diagnostician.”
For more than a decade, Sarah has worked with both paediatric and adult clients across the lifespan in a range of settings, including homes, schools, hospitals, early learning centres, Residential Aged Care Facilities, clinical settings, and rural and remote locations.