Meet our team
Our Staff at Optimal Communications Speech Therapy are friendly and professional. All our our Speech Therapists have Speech Pathology Degrees and are certified practicing Speech Pathologists.
Our Speech Pathology Clinic is based at Southport on the Gold Coast in Queensland is also a training clinic for Speech Pathology Students from various Universities in the South-East Queensland area.
Katrine Elliott is the Owner, Director and Senior Speech Pathologist with over 25 years of experience. Over that time she has employed and trained a lot of young Speech Pathologists, so you can be sure that you or your child will be in good hands.
We understand the frustrations that many families experience trying to access Speech Pathology professionals. There are often long waiting lists in the public (Health and Education) sectors and a history of limited supportive funding for communication and swallowing conditions. Additionally, there are restrictions on our professional numbers in our community given the limited placements for enrollment and graduation of Speech Pathology professionals in Queensland . This adds to the high community demand for Speech Pathology support.
Our group aims to support a “no wait” policy for access to see one of our therapist. We strive to uphold this level of access as we value the priority of vital therapeutic correction and/or support for speech, listening, language and literacy skills. We understand how this impacts on the developing mind of children and their success with life pursuits of communication, education and later employment.
We also take our role seriously in supporting adults with an acquired communication disorder to rehabilitate to their highest level of functional independence or gain access to disability supports that provide them with their highest power to functionally communicate their life needs. Speech Pathologists are responsible for the assessment & support for individuals with swallowing &/or eating disorders, where waiting can impact significantly on an individual’s health and airway protection if access is not gained in a timely manner.