Speech Pathologist, Sue Cameron leaves WDHS after 32 years
After 32 years working as a Speech Pathologist at Western District Health Service (WDHS), Sue Cameron can’t count how many children and families she has met, but she is sure it is in the thousands.
Ms Cameron has decided it’s time to pursue other interests and last week reflected on her long career at WDHS and the many families she has supported on their speech pathology journey.
“It is quite common for me now to see the children of parents who also came to speech therapy when they were young,” Mrs Cameron said.
Mrs Cameron describes herself as a ‘specialist-generalist’, because she has needed to develop skills in all areas of practice; from very young children who are late to start talking, to adults needing rehabilitation after stroke.
In metropolitan areas, Speech Pathologists specialise in areas such as stuttering, hearing impairment or autism. In the country, therapists deal with the whole range of communication and swallowing problems.
“I have always been very quick to pick up the phone to get help from therapists with expertise in particular areas of clinical practice. I have never wanted Hamilton people to get a second rate service just because they live so far from Melbourne.
WDHS has been a great place to work, with a good atmosphere and great opportunities for employees.
Staff are given lots of opportunities to develop their skills and are encouraged to be innovative in the way they deliver services,” Mrs Cameron said.
For most of her career, Sue has worked as a sole Speech Pathologist, but in recent years she has been joined by Kathryn Block and Claire Nailon and this year by Sarah Maddern, a Welsh Speech and Language Therapist.
She said it has been good to have colleagues who 'speak the same language'.
“Highlights over the years have included providing clinical training to Speech Pathology students, convening professional development for the region’s Speech Pathologists, representing the region's Allied Health Professionals on the Board of Greater Health and developing the skills and capacity to provide speech therapy using telehealth” Mrs Cameron said.