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Bridgett’s story: My speech therapy career at Kites Tasmania

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Have you ever thought about why people would want to work with us? We’ve just launched an Early Career Program for Allied Health workers. This initiative offers support and variety working with clients across all ages with the potential to travel across WA and Tasmania.

Bridgett is a recent graduate pursuing an speech therapy career at Kites Children’s Therapy Tasmania. She’s been explaining why she enjoys working here.

“If you find a job where you have a great mentor who can offer advice and inspire you, it will make your working life much easier. I’m grateful to have found that at Kite’s Children’s Therapy.”

Bridgett came to us after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master’s in Speech Pathology.

“My mentor is Kite’s Program Manager and Speech Pathologist Tennille. I know I can talk to her if I have any queries. As a recent graduate, it’s important to recognise when you need support. Tennille is always there to assist me in my practice”

Bridgett grew up in Tasmania. She completed her degree at La Trobe University in Bendigo but always knew she wanted to return home to work as a speech pathologist.

“If you are unable to communicate, it is very debilitating. I am working with children of all ages, and my client base is very varied.”

Bridgett completed her final university placement at Kites Children’s Therapy. It led to a full-time position.

“Since starting at Kite’s, I have developed an interested in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. I am currently working with a five-year-old boy in this area. With the use of this technology, he can interact and communicate his needs and wants. Furthermore, he can show his personality, this device allows him to be silly and cheeky. He has flourished since receiving his device.”

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Bridgett is keen to build her expertise and has the opportunity to undertake professional development.

Outside of work, she loves cooking and spending time with her family. An ardent dog lover, she doesn’t own a dog but loves minding others.

Applications for our Early Career Program are open until Wednesday 29 September 2021. If you’re interested in this opportunity, apply via the job advertisement on Seek (link opens in new window).

We’re looking for:

  • Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialists
  • Orthoptics
  • Psychologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Pathologists