Kelly graduated from Curtin University in 2004 (Bachelor of Science – Human Communication Science), receiving the Speech Pathology Australia Award for Clinical Excellence. She started her career working as a Senior Speech Pathologist for WA Country Health Service, where she worked for two years providing inpatient, outpatient and community based services to East Kimberly towns and remote communities. Kelly gained broad experience in this role working with adults and children with a range of acquired and developmental communication and swallowing difficulties.
From 2007, Kelly solidified her passion and skills for working in the disability sector, developing specialist skills for working with people with complex communication needs. Kelly worked briefly at Therapy Focus before working for ten years at the Independent Living Centre of WA in a range of roles, providing assistive technology and AAC assessment, information and training. During this time, Kelly trained extensively in the range of AAC systems and devices and developed skills to successfully support people of all ages who use AAC and their communication partners. During this period, Kelly also founded the Variety Motor Mouth Camp, which has been successfully running since 2011, supporting families to really apply and support their child’s communication device use in everyday activities and interactions. Kelly was also employed on a casual basis at Curtin University, lecturing in AAC to Speech Pathology students among other duties.
In 2017, Kelly worked as a Senior Care Services Coordinator, supporting people with catastrophic injuries following motor vehicle accidents. In this role, Kelly provided support and case management services to adults and children with spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury. Through this role, Kelly became increasingly interested for working with clients and their family during their early rehabilitation. She commenced her work as a Senior Speech Pathologist in the iRehab program at PMH in 2018 before moving across to the new Perth Children’s Hospital. As such, Kelly has extensive experience in providing speech, language, literacy and overall communication rehabilitation to children with a range of neurological and like conditions.
Kelly has been a Senior Speech Pathologist at Ability Centre, working in CP Tech with a focussed role of assessment, prescription, implementation and ongoing support for people who use AAC. She is currently working part time at AAC supplier, Liberator Australia, as their WA Consultant. Kelly is passionate and dedicated to providing evidence based AAC services to maximise a child's ability to communicate and interact in everyday life and is excited to be part of the Healthy Strides team.