Kate Hanrahan, founder and director of Southern Highlands Speech Pathology, graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) in 1997 from the University of Sydney. She has also completed a Bachelor of Science from The University of Sydney (1994), a Graduate Certificate in Dysphagia from La Trobe University (2002), and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Swinburne University (2005).
Kate has worked as a Speech Pathologist for 20+ years in a range of settings including: Community Health and Early Intervention at Port Macquarie and Kempsey in NSW (1998-2000), Hospital Caseloads – both acute and rehabilitation and Community Follow-up in Wales and England (2000-2001), St Vincents Hospital, Sydney (2001-2002), and Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Austin Health, Melbourne (2002-2006) and private practise.
She has also had a number of years as Head of Department at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre (Melbourne), Concord Hospital (Sydney) and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney), before having children.
All of these experiences aside, Kate feels that her biggest career achievement has been building her private practise in the Southern Highlands and Goulburn districts and being able to make a BIG difference to the local community. She is incredibly motivated and passionate about her job, but especially loves helping adults, children and their families to achieve their own individual communication goals.
In her spare time she has managed to have 3 children (Sophie, Lucy and Hugh) and tries to enjoy the lifestyle on offer in the Southern Highlands!