Julie is a certified practising speech pathologist who has worked for over twenty years, developing, rehabilitating and improving the communication and feeding skills of both children and adults, in Australia, New Zealand and in Britain where she trained. She loves to work closely with the team around her client; families, carers and all other professionals involved.
She created CAMP: a training tool which aims to achieve better skilled communication partners for her clients who are complex communicators and who may use AAC. She presented on this project at the ISAAC conference in Barcelona, Spain 2010, entitled “Communicate Group: Training for Good Communication with AAC” and has since presented on CAMP both in NZ and Australia.
She holds post-graduate qualifications in both Adult & Paediatric dysphagia. She is a founding member of the MEAHLS team, (Mealtime and Eating Allied Health Liaison Service), one of the first community-based feeding teams in WA.
She developed the “Strengths for Life Profile” with an Occupational Therapy colleague and they have presented on the profile and its principles of strengths based and client centered practice at many notable conferences including the National OT conference in Perth WA, 2017 and the NDIS National Conference 2017.
She is currently an MPhil student at Curtin University, where her research is focused on the family perspectives of the support received for their child who has a disability and a feeding and/or swallowing disorder.