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Rachael McKinstry

Speech Pathologist
Rachael McKinstry Educational Case Management Newcastle Health Services

Rachael grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney and completed her Masters degree in Speech Pathology at Macquarie University. She then lived in Melbourne before settling in Newcastle with her husband, Luke.

Growing up, Rachael always had two passions: a love of words, and a love of helping others. Her initial goal was to become the world’s best spelling teacher, but after learning that this was not a real career, she found Speech Pathology to be a much better alternative.

Rachael is passionate about helping others to develop their ability to communicate. She loves seeing how this can help clients to improve their quality of life and grow in the ways they engage with those around them.

While in Melbourne, Rachael worked across approximately 30 aged care centres, assisting the people within to be able to safely swallow the foods and drinks they love. After working in this field for a while, Rachael felt she wanted a Speech Pathology position with a bigger focus on therapy for communication goals. However, Rachael retains a knowledge and love of helping people to enjoy their mealtimes safely.

Within Educational Case Management, Rachael now enjoys working with adults and children, helping them to swallow and communicate. Rachael’s particular areas of interest include early language development, swallowing, literacy, and articulation. She also enjoys running social skill groups for children, teenagers, and adults where clients can build friendships with each other.

Rachael loves walking her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel around Newcastle. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see her walking with a very happy dog!

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