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Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Rosie Watson

Name: Rosie Watson

Job title: Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

A: I have worked at Peninsula Health for three months now, however I volunteered here as a student for almost two years prior to that.

Q: What is your background?

A: I have a Bachelor in Health Sciences and a Master of Speech Pathology. I was confident in knowing that I wanted to work within the paediatric population as a high school student, and thought teaching would be the career for me. Whilst on work experience at a primary school, I saw a Speech Pathologist in action, and thought that’s the career for me!

Q: What does a typical day in your role involve?  

A: I can see 4 – 5 individual clients each day and work on various speech, language and fluency goals with them. My individual sessions are high energy with lots of fun games, arts, crafts and positivity!

I also run group therapy with my colleagues, where we provide therapy to a group of children who have similar goals. The group sessions are fantastic as there are multiple children and their caregivers – so more children to have more fun with, and more people to celebrate each child’s success.

When I’m not providing intervention you can find me in the office with a cuppa; making phone calls to touch base and schedule sessions with clients, writing progress notes and reports, completing funding applications, preparing activities and liaising with colleagues about clients that we have in common and how we can mutually work towards their goals.

Q: What do like best about your job?

A: I love feeling like I am a part of my clients’ family – especially when they come to sessions and are excited to see you and tell you about the wonderful progress they have made since you saw them last.

Q: What has been one highlight working at Peninsula Health?

A: In my third week of work I came across a family who were having significant difficulty finding appropriate housing, and were struggling to feed themselves. I accompanied them to services within the community to assist in finding them temporary housing and resources such as food and petrol vouchers. After a few weeks and check in phone calls, the family had found some permanent accommodation through the services they were linked with, and were in a good routine. I am not seeing them for therapy and they are well and doing wonderfully!

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Peninsula Health?

A: I enjoy the team that I work in most. They are a group of incredibly supportive and encouraging people who have an overwhelming amount of knowledge to share – they are also ensure we maintain our wellbeing. We have lots of delicious shared lunches together, and have affirmation jars to reinforce the hard, but great, work we are doing.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

A: When I’m not working I am playing netball (with a team of colleagues!), reading or enjoying what the Peninsula has to offer. It’s a beautiful part of the world down here with hikes and walks and plenty of good food and drink to balance it out!