After studying at the University of Newcastle, Kate has worked extensively as a speech pathologist in the disability sector providing direct therapeutic services, clinical supervision, community capacity building projects and student education.
Kate’s work across Western New South Wales has helped her develop her knowledge of the unique challenges faced by allied health providers and service users living in rural and remote areas and provided an opportunity to develop her understanding and skills in culturally appropriate service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and their communities.
Kate currently works as part of a multidisciplinary clinical research project evaluating the effectiveness of providing trauma focused interventions to children living in Out-of-home-care in Newcastle, New South Wales.
This work has allowed Kate the opportunity to focus on early intervention strategies to improve quality of life outcomes for children and teenagers who face a range of vulnerabilities. Kate combines this role with her private speech pathology practice and works as a primary school teacher.