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We have a Complaints and Feedback Policy because everyone has the right to give feedback and make a complaint.

We want to hear your feedback and complaints so we can make sure people with disability get good services. Your services will not be affected if you make a complaint. Your personal information will not be shared with anyone without your consent. Consent means saying yes to sharing information with others.

We review our feedback and complaints to make improvements. We manage complaints fairly and want to reach good results for you. We will provide you updates as we resolve your complaint.

Phone call to Connect Allied Health head office on 08 8337 8770 or email admin@connectalliedhealth.com.au You can also make a complaint to the Commission by: Phoning: 1800 035 544 (free call from landlines) or TTY 133 677. Interpreters can be arranged. National Relay Service and ask for 1800 035 544. You can also make a complaint to the Commission by: Completing a complaint contact form. In case of life threatening situations call 000. If you think a crime has, or is, being committed, contact your local police. If you need help to make a complaint, we will support you. You can also ask a support person, family member, friend, interpreter or advocate (including Independent advocate) to help you make a complaint.

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Sabina

Therapy Coordination Team Leader

Sabina has been working with Connect Allied Health as a Therapy Coordinator since 2019. Sabina assists the therapy coordination team to support clinicians to design their preferred schedules that suit their work-life balance. Sabina and the TC team also take care of on-boarding, NDIS documentation such as service agreements, consent forms and schedules of support, liaising with schools, and mitigation of travel to support well-flowing schedules for clinicians. 

Sabina previously worked for the Government in a Ministerial Office as a Liaison Officer and Personal Assistant. Sabina has experience working in the Administration, Retail and Hospitality fields. After graduating from High School she attained a job as a Croupier in the Adelaide Casino where she worked shift work. Sabina has always had a huge love for animals and hopes to one day have her own hobby farm. Sabina was born in Czech Republic and moved to Australia at a young age, she would love to travel back there one day to visit her family.

About Sabina:

Sabina is passionate about helping people and working in a Team environment and she has enjoyed seeing Connect Allied Health grow over the years.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Efficient, reliable, kind-hearted

Outside of work

Sabina enjoys going to the river with her friends and family and loves to camp and go fishing. Sabina also loves spending time with her partner Jordan and their two Border Collies Nelly and Murphy and two cats, Bundy and Bear.

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Animals, pasta and going on walks

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Heights, spiders and shopping

Maria

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Jonathan

Clinical Lead Psychologist

Jonathan is a General Registered Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA), and he holds memberships with both the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi). Jonathan commenced with Connect Allied Health as Clinical Lead Psychology in 2024.

About Jonathan:

Dedicated to fostering strong working relationships within therapy, Jonathan thrives on collaborative efforts to realize client objectives and aspirations. Central to his ethos is a commitment to personal growth, guiding individuals to overcome obstacles and unlock their potential. Embracing a person-centered philosophy, Jonathan customises each session to address his clients’ unique requirements, drawing from a diverse array of therapeutic frameworks including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-based interventions. With a keen interest in psychological assessment, Jonathan specialises in diagnosing conditions such as ADHD, Autism, and Specific Learning Disorders. He also conducts comprehensive cognitive assessments to ascertain full-scale IQ, educational attainment, and learning styles, as well as executive functioning.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Compassionate, professional, calm and kind

Outside of work

Jonathan’s professional journey encompasses diverse roles, ranging from baking and piloting large-scale drones to personal training and working within the NDIS sector, catering to clients with varied needs. These experiences enable him to connect with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, fostering a nurturing, non-judgmental atmosphere conducive to growth and healing. Beyond his professional pursuits, Jonathan finds joy in watching Formula One, washing his cars, hitting the gym, and cherishing quality time with his loved ones and pets.

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Motorsports, drone flying and building, washing my cars, spending time with my family and pets, playing video games and gardening.

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Getting stuck in traffic and really hot days

Tara

Clinical Manager - Senior Occupational Therapist

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Mishka

Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Mishka joined the Connect Allied Health team halfway through 2023- working as a positive behaviour support practitioner. She has degrees in social work and behavioural science and is passionate about improving people’s quality of life.

About Mishka:

Mishka has over 6.5 years’ experience working with children and people with disability. She loves working with children and supporting people with trauma and developmental delays. She has extensive experience with autism, intellectual disability, ADHD, complex trauma, and various mental health diagnoses. She is passionate about increasing people’s sense of belonging and connection with the community. She likes coming up with creative solutions and helping people meet their goals.

 

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Positive, professional, approachable

Outside of work

Mishka enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for walks and curling up with a good book. She likes trying new activities, visiting friends’ interstate and exploring the art gallery.

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Good food and coffee, dogs and sleeping in

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Spiders, being cold and bad drivers

Katie

Katie

Therapy Coordinator

Katie joined Connect Allied Health in March 2021, she joins us with over 12 years’ experience in finance and enjoys all aspects of it.

Her current role is Finance Officer where she looks after accounts receivable (which mainly involves invoicing, payment allocations, and debtors) and assists with payroll.

Katie enjoys learning new things within the health industry (especially within NDIS).

About Katie:

Katie has worked in the health industry for 6 years and enjoys working for a company, that she feels, ‘truly cares about the clients and staff’.

 

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Efficient, reliable, and loyal

Outside of work

Katie spends most of her time with her 3 boys (Noah, Jackson and Wyatt) and her Husband, Matt.

Katie enjoys travelling (although that has been put on hold, thanks to COVID and having a young family) and looks forward to seeing more of the world soon.

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Spending time with family, warm weather and music

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Spiders, winter and mess

Oscar

Developmental Educator
PBS Practitioner

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Mishka

Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

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About Mishka

Mishka has over 6.5 years’ experience working with children and people with disability. She loves working with children and supporting people with trauma and developmental delays. She has extensive experience with autism, intellectual disability, ADHD, complex trauma, and various mental health diagnoses. She is passionate about increasing people’s sense of belonging and connection with the community. She likes coming up with creative solutions and helping people meet their goals.

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Debbie

Debbie

Finance Manager

Debbie joined Connect Allied Health in April 2019 and heads up our Finance department, she brings 30 + years’ experience working within the Health industry in a financial role doing end to end accounting including payroll.

 
About Debbie:

Debbie joined Connect Allied Health in April 2019 and heads up our Finance department, she brings 30 + years’ experience working within the Health industry in a financial role doing end to end accounting including payroll.

 

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Organised, diligent, and kindhearted

Outside of work

Debbie is passionate about working in a health service industry where in the background she can help to support the team by assisting to build a strong financial company.

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Walking and reading

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Spiders and people leaving trolleys in car parks

Sabina

TC Team Leader

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Maria

Maria

Developmental Educator & Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Maria joined the CAH team in 2023 as a Developmental Educator and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. She loves working and supporting people with diverse backgrounds to meet their needs and achieve their goals.

About Maria:

Maria has prior experience working in a variety of settings with a diverse range of people in various roles such as a support worker/mentor, therapy assistant and student support officer in education settings. She commenced working as a Developmental Educator and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in 2021 where she has supported young people and adults to develop social skills, transition/engage in the community, support with activities of daily living, transport training, emotional regulation, basic communication development and support the reduction of behaviours of concerns. Maria has a passion for supporting people to achieve their goals in a person-centred, fun, and creative way that is also motivating to the person and their needs!

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Positive, professional, approachable

Outside of work

Maria loves spending quality time with friends and family, spending time at the beach and enjoying the outdoors!

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Travelling and a good coffee

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Heights and early morning starts

Jurida

Jurida

Speech Pathologist

Jurida is a multilingual certified practicing speech pathologist and joined our clinic in 2022. She has experience working in a variety of settings and a variety of range of practise areas, including speech, language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), literacy, fluency, social skills, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and paediatric dysphagia.

About Jurida:

Juri holds a fundamental belief that the ability to communicate with others and everyday participation in functional activities is an essential right. She uses evidence -based practice, and is passionate about supporting people across the lifespan to improve their communication and everyday participation in functional activities.

Juri is committed to providing holistic and individualised care through a client -centred approach, and enjoys connecting with clients and their families forming positive relationships, for an enhanced contribution to their development through therapy sessions.

Juri is dedicated to ongoing professional development, and has a strong interest in adult dysphagia.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Dedicated, diligent, and caring

Outside of work

Outside of work Juri loves to spend time with her family, loves animals, enjoys travelling, art and spending time outdoors.

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Animals and being outdoors in the nature

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Animal cruelty and single use plastics

Kaylah

Speech Pathologist

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Kasey

Kasey

Speech Pathologist

Kasey joined Connect Allied Health in January 2023 as a New Graduate Speech Pathologist following the completion of her Bachelor Degree in Speech Pathology in 2022. Kasey is passionate about working with clients of all ages to support them in reaching their goals.

About Kasey:

Kasey has experience working with children for 5 years as a disability support worker and an OSHC educator. Throughout these roles Kasey developed her skills and knowledge of working with and supporting children and their families to reach their goals.

During her final year of study, Kasey completed an honours project looking into the role of speech pathologists in frailty, expanding her knowledge of the adult population as well as the research world.

Kasey travelled to Port Pirie and Mount Gambier during her University studies to complete clinical placements, gaining rich experience while working in the rural setting.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Driven, passionate, and kind

Outside of work

Outside of work Kasey loves to run, travel, and go camping. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, and visiting new coffee shops and brunch spots.

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Sunsets and shopping

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Bad traffic and cold weather

Janae

Occupational Therapist

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Maria

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Dom

Dom

Speech Pathologist

Dominique joined Connect Allied Health in 2023 as a Speech Pathologist after graduating her Bachelor of Speech Pathology in late 2022. She works with children and adults across the lifespan to improve their quality of life and functional communication.

About Dom:

Dominique has experience working in a variety of settings and a variety of range of practise areas including fluency, speech, language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), literacy and social skills.

Dominique has a special interest in supporting individuals who are minimally verbal through the use of AAC systems, to access the different functions of language. She also has a keen interest in dysphagic clients. Furthermore, Dominique enjoys providing therapeutic supports to her clients with speech and articulation communication difficulties, working with families to provide at-home support. She enjoys providing therapy sessions that take a neurodiverse and holistic approach, and understanding what motivates the client to support the best outcomes of therapy.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Bubbly, vivacious, and communicative

Outside of work

Dominique love spending time with her partner and her friends, going to the gym, drinking coffee and blasting some tunes!

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Good coffee, the gym, dogs and eating desserts

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Disorganization, overheating, big crowds and being sick

Karla

Karla

Physiotherapist

Karla is an experienced physiotherapist, and joined the CAH team in September of 2022. She enjoys making sure that people can function as pain free and to the best of their abilities through exercises and hands on physiotherapy.

About Karla:

Karla has been a physiotherapist for 10 years, mainly working with the adult population. Karla has experience supporting people of all ages and walks of life, from footy players to those in aged care facilities. She has enjoyed working in rehab settings, to support elderly people to remain in their homes after injury or illness. Karla’s passion is to ensure that everyone, from young children to older adults, are able to function to their full potential and be as independent as possible.

Karla is continuing to develop her paediatric skills to best support children, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in improving their core strength and engagement in physical activities.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Easy-going, knowldegable, and fun

Outside of work

In her time away from work, Karla spends time with her partner, 3 kids and 2 dogs.

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Dogs and crime shows

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Reality tv and birds

Tania

Tania

Developmental Educator

Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Tania commenced as a Developmental Educator in July 2022, and is passionate about working in a role where she can support people with disability to build capacity and independence and to achieve their goals.

About Tania:

Tania brings a wide variety of different experiences to her role as Developmental Educator, previously having worked for 25 years as a nurse and 18 months as a Support Coordinator. She also has lived experienced. As a nurse she worked with a wide variety of people including individuals with dementia and difficult behaviours. Support Coordination has shown her the intricacies of the NDIS funding model and how to get the best supports for your funding. Having personal lived experience brings with it the knowledge of how disability can affect a household and the support lived experience can bring to the therapy process.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Dedicated, enthusiastic, and driven

Outside of work

Tania loves to crochet, go exploring with family and relaxing with a good book.

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Animals, the beach, and long lunches with friends

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Brussel sprouts, traffic, and running late

Louisa

Louisa

Clinical Mentor – Speech Pathologist

Louisa began working as a Speech Pathologist in 2021 and believes that every individual has a right to communicate and express themselves. Louisa has worked with people across the lifespan in a wide range of clinical areas.

About Louisa:

Louisa has the most experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder, supporting their speech and language development, literacy, social communication,  play skills and functional communication. She has additional training in early intervention, developmental language disorders and assessment and intervention for children with autism. In addition to working across a broad scope with children, Louisa has experience working with adults who have had strokes, intellectual disabilities, and voice disorders. For all her clients aged 0-99, she enjoys working collaboratively with them, their family and support network to create functional goals that will have the biggest difference to their lives.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, innovative, and kind

Outside of work

Louisa is adventurous and enjoys travelling and new experiences. She is learning to surf, loves swimming and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

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Summer, Harry Potter, finding cafes with the best coffee

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Winter, running, pineapple on pizza

Rosie

Rosie

Podiatrist

Rosie Haddad graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Podiatry degree with first class Honours in 2005. She is a fully qualified Podiatrist that has worked in various Podiatry settings between South Australia, NSW and Victoria including Private Practices, Community health centres, multi-disciplinary allied health practices, Public Hospitals, outreach clinics and Residential Aged Care Facilities for the past 16 years. She established Foot & Sole Podiatry in Torrensville SA in 2020 and has a satellite clinic with PartridgeGP in Glenelg enabling her to provide services in Metropolitan Adelaide SA.

About Rosie:

Rosie is a friendly and passionate Podiatrist with extensive experience across all areas of Podiatry. Rosie’s experiences include assessment and management of patients with Diabetes and chronic disease, Paediatric assessments, Sports related injury management, Orthotic therapy, Dry Needling of the lower limb, heel pain management, Ingrown toenail treatment, and General nail and skin care of the feet. She provides home visit treatments to clients with experiencing working with NDIS funded clientele.

Rosie strives to make a difference in her patient’s everyday life. She looks forward to helping her patients achieve their goal whether it is reducing foot pain, improving the way the foot functions, foot injury prevention and generally making your feet more comfortable.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, cheerful, and positive

Outside of work

Spending time with family and friends, taking my dog Dotti for walks, watching true crime documentaries on netflix and hope to travel more around Australia especially back to Melbourne to see my nieces and nephew.

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Autumn weather, all types of chocolate, sleep ins on a Sunday

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Early morning starts, impatient drivers, being unorganised

Far

Far

Senior Developmental Educator
Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Far joined CAH as a developmental educator and PBS practitioner and works within the therapy and positive behaviour support space. She enjoys the diversity within her role and supporting people to achieve their goals.

About Far:

Far has worked in the disability space for approximately 6 years in various roles such as support worker/mentor, ABA therapist, therapy assistant and clinician. In her current role as a senior DE/PBS practitioner, Far enjoys supporting clients to overcome challenges in creative ways, and also loves celebrating the achievement of milestones and individual goals.

Far has experience working in social skills development, emotional regulation, transition planning between accommodation/school/employment, sensory sensitivities, basic communication strategies, some support with activities of daily living, transport training and addressing behaviors of concern.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Knowledgeable, supportive, and creative

Outside of work

Far enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Where possible she likes going to live concerts and shows, being outdoors, travelling and camping.

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All things food and wine

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Not a morning person

Trent

Clinical Manager - Senior Occupational Therapist

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Orla

Orla

Senior Speech Pathologist

Orla graduated from Flinders University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology. She has experience working with school-aged children (aged 5-16) and adults with brain injuries (aged 28 to 67) to support their literacy, language, fluency and speech skills.

About Orla:

Orla enjoys connecting with her clients and their families based on the similarities and differences of their cultural backgrounds, hobbies and experiences. She is a motivated team player and is committed to furthering her knowledge as a speech pathologist at Connect Allied Health.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Vivacious, caring and positive

Outside of work

Orla loves going to the gym, drinking coffee with friends, singing in her choir, and road-tripping.

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Dogs, beach sunsets, op-shopping and puns

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Being disorganised and slow drivers

Jess

Clinical Manager - Senior Speech Pathologist

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Kara

GM Riverland and PBS
Senior Occupational Therapist

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Emily

Emily

Clinical Manager
Senior Speech Pathologist

Emily joined CAH in 2021 and is a clinical manager and senior speech pathologist.

About Emily:

Emily brings a wealth of experience working with children as a speech pathologist to CAH. Her work to date has focused on helping children with a diverse range of speech, language, social communication and literacy needs.

She completed a Bachelor of Music at Adelaide University, followed by a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University, including a study abroad program at the University of Reading, UK.

Emily prides herself on providing neurodiversity affirming approaches for her neurodiverse clients as well as providing families with honest and clear communication. Emily delivers therapy in a kind and gentle manner to connect with children and their families. She loves being a part of the therapy journey with her clients and watching them reach their goals.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, supportive, and calm

Outside of work

Emily is a mum to two busy school aged children and enjoys being active outdoors.

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Bush waking with friends and family.

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Traffic and cold weather!

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General Manager
Senior Speech Pathologist

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Leader, dynamic, problem solver, compassionate

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Director

Principal Speech Pathologist
Specialist Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

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Kara

General Manager – Clinical (Regional & PBS)

Senior Occupational Therapist
Specialist Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Connect Allied Health are super excited to introduce our senior occupational therapist and positive behaviour support practitioner, Kara!

Kara is an experienced clinician and has worked with clients of all ages, from small children to the elderly. Kara is especially passionate about supporting children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder to maximise their independence and reach their full potential.

About Kara:

Kara has recently supported clients to develop skills to make their lunch for school, shop for groceries in the community, and develop positive behaviour support plans to minimise and eliminate behaviours of concern.

Kara loves the vast nature of OT, with no two days being the same.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Leader, professional and compassionate

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Kara loves being on the water, including canoeing, fishing, water skiing and swimming at the beach or river. She is also a keen Harry Potter fan (fellow fans might recognise the train line behind her in the photo from the Harry Potter movies).
Kara is also a big fan of coffee and likes to kick start her day with a strong brew.

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Skiing on the river and dogs

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Busy shopping centres and doing the dishes

Sarah

Clinical Manager

Senior speech pathologist

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Leader, compassionate, diligent, and patient

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Sarah

Director

Principal Speech Pathologist
Specialist Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner
ASD Diagnostician

Sarah is the founder of Connect Allied Health and has around 15 years’ experience as a speech pathologist, working with both paediatric and adult clients across a range of settings including homes, schools, hospitals, early learning centres, residential aged care facilities, clinic and rural/remote locations.

About Sarah:

Sarah has extensive experience in dysphagia management (swallowing impairment), rehabilitation relating to speech, language and swallow function, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) following a range of medical conditions, including cerebrovascular accident (stroke), traumatic brain injury, cognitive impairment, neurological conditions, and more. Sarah is also experienced and passionate about working with children, supporting the development of speech and language, social communication, feeding skills, and more, to help children reach their full potential.

Sarah completes dual diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder for both paediatric and adult clients and is experienced in positive behaviour support. 

Sarah has enjoyed being a Clinical Educator and repeat guest lecturer on the topic of dysphagia at the University of Adelaide, and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and current member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Hard working, dedicated, creative and kind

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Beach days, adventures, and good coffee

Sarah enjoys spending time with her two beautiful children (Arlo and Isla) and her husband, Shannon. She also enjoys wake boarding, water skiing, and surfing, and has a love of traveling and experiencing new cultures.

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Traffic, washing, and mess