Speechcare Team

the TEAM

Alison Jackson | Director

In a few words: I love working with all my clients to achieve the best possible communication outcomes. I enjoy working with children who are delayed in speech and language development and with people of all ages who have a stuttering problem. I also particularly enjoy leading Hanen parent and teacher training programmes.

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Therapy (UQ); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist ( Speech Pathology Australia); Hanen trained speech pathologist qualified to lead It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More than Words, Talkability, Learning Language and Loving It and Teacher talk.

In times past: I worked at the Mater Children’s Hospital, seven years as the senior speech pathologist.

Why Speechcare? I’ve been attached to Speechcare ever since I founded it in 1992. I love working with a talented, caring and dedicated team of people.

When not at Speechcare I... am attempting to learn French, trying to keep fit and would like to travel and read more.

I can’t live without... my family and my morning cup of coffee.

Emma Bray

In a few words: I enjoy the challenge of working in all areas of paediatric speech pathology, however I have a lot of experience in and a passion for working with children and adults who present with fluency difficulties.

My credentials: Master of Speech Pathology Studies (University of Queensland); Bachelor of Behavioural Science / Criminology and Criminal Justice (Griffith University); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia); trained in the Lidcombe Program, the Camperdown Program and the Management of Stuttering in School Age Children.

I have also attended a range of professional development events for further training in the assessment and management of stuttering in the preschool aged, school aged, adolescent and adult populations. I am also a Hanen trained speech pathologist qualified to lead It Takes Two to Talk.

I continue to work in tertiary education as a clinical educator and casual lecturer at the University of Queensland, specialising in teaching and educating students in stuttering assessment and treatment across the lifespan. 

In times past:  I have experience across a variety of settings including tertiary health, community health, and working with school aged children the within the school setting. I have also previously worked as a speech pathologist with a medico-legal Occupational Therapy firm.

Why Speechcare? I enjoy working with a team of enthusiastic Speech Pathologists who are motivated to make a difference in peoples' lives.

When not at Speechcare I... am a keen cook and enjoy sharing a meal with friends and family. I would love to travel more.

I can’t live without... my husband, my family and a good glass of wine with friends.

Tessa Barnett

Literacy Consultant

(currently on 12 month secondment to the University of Queensland)

In a few words: I really enjoy helping my clients to set communication and literacy goals I have a great deal of experience working with school aged children with literacy difficulties, as well as preschool children with speech issues.

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Therapy (UQ). In 2004, I commenced a PhD in literacy intervention (which sadly I had to give up when I had children).

In times past: I have worked previously at Education Queensland, the Department of Health and the University of Queensland, where I combined my research background and clinical experience to author the Phonological Awareness for Literacy (PAL) program, and the Early Literacy Fundamentals (ELF) program.

Why Speechcare? A great team of speech pathologists who all have special interests and love their work.

When not at Speechcare I... am a mother to two children. We love swimming at Southbank, gardening, watching movies and camping.

I can’t live without... coffee, daily tickle- fests with the kids, and a sleep in on Saturdays.

Terese Fullerton

In a few words:  I love working with children and their families and helping to stimulate communication development. I have a particular interest in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with babies and children with feeding issues.

My credentials:  I have a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (University of Queensland). I am trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Social Stories and the Graduate Paediatric Feeding Program.

In times past:  I started my career working with adults and paediatrics and specializing in dysphagia. In the last 15 years I have worked in early intervention, with children with complex developmental needs and Autism. Since relocating to Brisbane 3 years ago I have been focusing on being a parent.

Why Speechcare?  It’s a fantastic team with very experienced therapists who are supportive and passionate about communication.

When not at Speechcare I...  am playing with my 2 children (or cleaning up after them). I love to cook and eat. Because of this I also run (in the style of Cliffy Young) and keep fit.

I can’t live without...  coffee, my girls, chocolate, my family/ friends, shoes.

Carley McKey

In a few words:  The best part of being a Speech Pathologist is the ability to work with a variety of people across the lifespan.  I get great satisfaction from working with both adults and children to help them be better communicators.

My Credentials:  Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland, Masters of community rehabilitation from Griffith University.  I am also a LSVT certified clinician and have a TESOL English teaching licence.

In times past:  I have worked in a variety of settings including rural, community health, tertiary health and rehabilitation units.  I have also had unique experiences volunteering overseas and have taught English in Chile.

Why Speechcare?  The team at Speechcare is fantastic, I enjoy working with such a dedicated and fun group of professionals.

When not at Speechcare I...  enjoy travelling, renovating and kayaking.

I can't live without... coffee, my loving husband, family and good friends.

Teresa Daniel

In a few words: I have a passion for working with school aged children, specifically in the areas of literacy and hearing impairment.

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Pathology (UQ), Bachelor of Arts (UQ), Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education (Literacy and Social Emotional Development), International Certification in Listening and Spoken Language - Auditory Verbal Therapy.

In times past: I worked as an Auditory Verbal Therapist at the Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children for the past 19 years, setting up their Gold Coast centre and the school aged Education Support Program.

Why Speechcare? I am really looking forward to continuing to work with school aged children, particularly with a focus on literacy, and Speechcare gives me the opportunity to do this.

When not at Speechcare I...  spend time with my family, particularly my three beautiful children. When I need a break from them I practice my yoga to restore my sanity.

I can’t live without... caffeine, either in coffee or tea form, my iPad, and a good book.

Lauren Brown

Coming soon.

Beth McBride

In a few words: My passion is helping children and adults to get the most out of life by supporting their speech, language and literacy development, as well as healthy voice production. Supporting parents to support their kids is a big part of the process.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with First Class Honours (University of Queensland, 1995). Although Speech Pathology is my ideal profession, I couldn’t resist following my interest in singing, so I have since studied a Master of Music, and a Graduate Diploma in Opera. 

In times past: As a Speech Pathologist I’ve worked in various private practices (Speechcare is my favourite), the Education Department and briefly in Disability Services. As a Singer, I worked for 3 years as a Young Artist at Opera Queensland and delivered Music Education workshops in metro and regional high schools.

Why Speechcare? I enjoy seeing a diverse range of clients with language delays, speech disorders, literacy difficulties, and voice problems. Alison is a great manager who leads an experienced and caring team.

When not at Speechcare... I love holidays (camping and beach trips) and having fun with my husband and young boys. I’m always singing, playing guitar, writing songs, and contributing to community music projects. I also perform regularly with the Opera Qld Chorus and in chamber ensembles.

I can’t live without... singing, music, my boys, my husband, challenging projects, personal development, holidays, nature.

Rachel McKenzie

In a few words: I enjoy helping clients and their families to reach their goals. I am always pleased to celebrate successes and gains with clients. I love my job and particularly enjoy working with school age children who have language, speech, literacy and fluency needs.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (University of Queensland). I have attended professional development courses including the Lidcombe Program for stuttering, Speech and Language Assessment Administration and Interpretation by Pearson, and the implementation of Assistive Communication Devices (Proloquo2Go).

In times past: I have worked with young children in a childcare setting and school age children through the ACT Government. I have worked with mainstream clients as well as children with severe disabilities and complex needs. I enjoy working across all areas.

Why Speechcare? I enjoy working within a large team of healthcare professionals in a friendly and supportive environment.

When not at Speechcare I...  love to cook and spend some time outdoors.

I can’t live without... tea and more tea, good TV, my husband and family.

helen chiu

In a few words: I really enjoy working as a speech pathologist with children and their families to assist them in reaching their full potential in regards to communication. I am passionate about using family-centred care in therapy, and enjoy working with children in the areas of speech, language and literacy development.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons 1) from the University of Queensland. I am also currently completing my Masters of Audiology Studies at University of Queensland.

In times past: Before my career as a speech pathologist, I provided assistance to students struggling in Maths and English through the Kumon tuition program, and worked as a waitress in hospitality.

Why Speechcare? I enjoy being part of such a diverse team of speech pathologists who are passionate about different areas of communication. The opportunity to share experiences and learn from other clinicians is what I find most rewarding about working at Speechcare. 

When not at Speechcare I... enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking ballet classes, doing art and serving as a leader in Girls’ Brigade. I also love to travel!

I can’t live without... my family, my wonderful friends, my phone, my Ipad and hot chocolate!

Claire Scott

In a few words: I love working as a speech pathologist because I love working with children and adults and their families. I love getting to know families and supporting them through their communication or swallowing concerns. I especially love working in early speech and language development and providing health promotion presentations for childcare and kindergarten teachers to help with early identification of speech and language concerns in children. 

My credentials:  I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009. Since then I have trained in the LSVT program and in the Hanen "It takes two to talk" program along with attending a number of other training events in paediatric speech and language.

In times past: I have worked for 6 years for Queensland Health at Dalby Hospital providing adult and paediatric speech pathology services. I have worked in a broad range of clinical areas from early language development to end of life swallowing management.

Why Speechcare?  Speechcare is a wonderful family friendly workplace that's the perfect fit for me as a mother of my young family. Its a great environment to maintain and develop my speech pathology skills.

When not at Speechcare I...  am taking care of my two young sons, my husband and my two crazy dogs. I am also a sewing fanatic with a love of beautiful fabric, patchwork and quilting. I love making things. 

I can’t live without... my family, my fabric stash, my sewing machine, my iPhone (for taking pictures of the before mentioned family and sewing), and my Harry Potter audiobooks. Listening to Harry Potter makes the most boring housework much more enjoyable

Carla Stanley

Coming soon.

Vivien Wood

In a few words: As an aspiring speech pathologist I love working with such a diverse and experienced team of professionals. Our team of therapists inspire me to study hard and work towards my career goals.

My credentials: I am currently studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) at the University of Queensland.

In times past: I have worked in several fast-food outlets and performed in a few amateur musicals.

Why Speechcare?  I enjoy working with such a committed group of therapists and exploring the endless possibilities and career paths of a qualified speech pathologist. Our therapists also have such a wealth of knowledge that they are more than happy to share.

When not at Speechcare I... am studying, performing in musicals and spending time with family and friends.

I can’t live without... music, my friends and family, chocolate, and ice cream.

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