About SCSP

South Coast Speech Pathology is an innovative, client focused practice based on the South Coast of NSW. We help children and their families living with communication, learning and swallowing difficulties across the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, and Illawarra shires. An experienced Speech Therapist can visit you in your childcare centre, school, or home. Alternatively you can visit us at our Moruya or Nowra clinics.

South Coast Speech Pathology also provides services via Telehealth to those living in rural and remote areas. Where appropriate these Telehealth services can be supported by outreach visits with the Speech Pathologist, or an in-person assessment at our nearest clinic location.  

Our Primary Values

Respect and fair-mindedness | Innovation | Relationships first | People over profits

Why Choose Us?

Equitable access for those in regional, rural and remote areas. 
 
Our aim is to ensure that children and families living in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia have the same access to quality allied health services, as those who live in the city. SCSP believes that everyone has the right to be an effective communicator, to eat and drink safely and to be a thriving member of their community. These basic rights should exist regardless of one’s locality, gender, ethnicity or social standing. 
 
Flexible service delivery, and an individualised approach to therapy.
 
We all learn best in environments where we are most comfortable, and supported by those who know us best. As such, SCSP strives to offer flexible service delivery so that clients can have support in their homes, their childcare centre, or their schools. This helps them to put into place their newly learned skills straight away, and also means that parents, caregivers, educators and support workers can see Speech Pathology in action, and adopt strategies to use all the time, not just during therapy. 
 
This is what makes the biggest difference to progress –a consistent approach across all settings. SCSP creates personalised therapy plans to work towards your goals. We don’t use a “one size fits all” approach. We work with you to come up with an individualised, evidence-based, and realistic approach that fits your needs.
 
Our Director and therapists.
 
Our Director Claire is a practising Speech Pathologist who oversees all clinical aspects of SCSP. This means that clients have a consistent point of contact ensuring continuity of care at all times. This also helps Claire to provide quality supervision and support to the therapists, as she has detailed knowledge of each clients’ abilities and goals. 
 
Our therapists are experienced, warm, respectful and welcoming. They are passionate about developing their clients’ communication abilities, and share SCSP’s vision of supporting regional, rural and remote families. We ensure that our therapists remain up to date with evidence based practice by providing and encouraging regular professional development. 
 
SCSP recognises that therapist turnover has a significant impact on therapy outcomes and client satisfaction. Our therapists maintain a healthy work-life balance through the flexibility to schedule their own appointments, administrative support, regular clinical supervision and professional development. We set realistic expectations for caseloads, so that our therapists can focus on what they do best –helping their clients to achieve their communication and swallowing goals. 
 
Giving back to the community. 
 
We are a private practice with a social conscience. We collaborate with local community organisations to assist disadvantaged families to access services and supports.
 
We engage in culturally safe practice through undertaking training, and recognise the value in collaborating with local indigenous organisations. 
 
SCSP is extremely passionate about bridging the literacy gap for disadvantaged children and young people, and assisting them to develop literacy skills that are the building blocks for independence, and opportunity.

Our Therapists

Claire Price - Director & Speech Pathologist
BBehavSc(Psych), MSpPathSt, GradCertEd(LrngDiff), CPSP

Claire is the Director of South Coast Speech Pathology. She has worked in private practices and not-for-profit organisations across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and now calls the South Coast home.  Claire holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), a Master of Speech Pathology Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in Learning Difficulties. 

Claire is passionate about building relationships with her clients and creating a community of support around clients and their families. Her clinical experience and post-graduate training assist her to create individualised and holistic therapy sessions that help children and adults reach their potential. Claire is also an advocate for the Speech Pathology profession and supporting early career Speech Pathologists. 

Claire has completed additional training in the following evidence based programs: 

  • The SOS Approach to Feeding
  • Ellyn Satter: Division of Responsibility in Feeding
  • Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk
  • The Lidcombe Program for stuttering
  • The Spalding Method
  • MULTILIT: Reading Tutor Program
  • Sounds Write
  • Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing Program
  • Circle of Security – Parenting
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Training
  • DIRFloortime® – Basic DIRFloortime® Provider
  • Talking Mats
Ingrid Mason - Speech Pathologist
BA, BPrimEd, MA (Cognitive Science), MSpPath, CPSP

Ingrid holds qualifications in Primary School Education, Cognitive Science and a Masters of Speech Pathology and is a certified member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Ingrid brings a passion for working with strengths and building resilience in the clients and families that she meets.  She has worked with both children and adults from a diverse range of backgrounds and strongly believes in the value of working with the individual, family and community in a holistic way to meet the needs of people with communication and swallowing difficulties. 

Ingrid is also a parent and fully understands the juggling act of providing support whilst caring for others.  When not working, she can be found bush-walking with the family or relaxing on the balcony watching over her growing herd of guinea pigs.

Ingrid has completed additional training in the following evidence based programs: 

  • Hanen: More Than Words
  • Sounds Write
Kirsty Nairn - Speech Pathologist

BSPath, CPSP 

Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and is a certified member of Speech Pathology Australia. 

Kirsty has lived most of her life in rural NSW and understands first-hand the barriers to accessing health services that are faced by people living in regional and rural areas of Australia. She is extremely excited to be able to work with these communities and improve their access to Speech Pathology services.

Kirsty enjoys supporting her paediatric and adult clients to achieve their communication and swallowing goals. She loves building rapport with her clients. Kirsty is a movie fanatic, and also enjoys the beach, reading, and catching up with friends.

Kirsty has completed additional training in the following evidence based programs: 

  • The Lidcombe Program for stuttering
  • Hanen: More Than Words
Lily Murray - Speech Pathologist

BA, DipSphComm, MSLP, CPSP

Lily has a Master of Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University. Before becoming a speech pathologist, she worked in education and publishing.

Lily enjoys working with and learning from people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about addressing barriers that prevent people accessing health care and education.

Lily has experience working with people across the lifespan from birth to end-of-life, collaborating on communication and swallowing concerns.Her special interest area is paediatric swallowing and feeding.

Lily loves the energy pre-school age kids bring to sessions and enjoys empowering young people to think creatively and critically about the world around them. Lily’s love of reading and storytelling is central to her work as a clinician.

Josie Bauer - Speech Pathologist
BSpPath, CPSP

Josie holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and is a graduate from the Australian Catholic University.

She has experience working with children from 0-15 years of age to support their unique strengths, goals and aspirations. Josie worked for over four years in the not-for-profit healthcare sector within the Southern Highlands. She is excited for a sea change and to call the South Coast home. 

Josie celebrates neurodiversity and is passionate about working in a respectful partnership with each client during assessment and during therapy sessions. Josie will work in collaboration with each client, and their parent, carer or teacher to develop supportive communication strategies and fun learning opportunities.

In her spare time, Josie enjoys the beach, bush walks, gym and catching up with friends.

Cherie Richards - Speech Pathologist 
BAppSc(BiomedSc), MSpPath, CPSP

Cherie holds qualifications in Medical Science and a Master of Speech Pathology.

Having grown up on the NSW South Coast, Cherie is excited to be back working in the area and looks forward to supporting clients and their families/carers, with their communication and swallowing goals.

Cherie has experience working with school-aged students to develop their speech, language and literacy skills; encouraging them to grow in confidence in order to reach their full potential.

Cherie enjoys travel, nature and relaxing with family and friends.

Matilda Connelly (Tilly) - Speech Pathologist 
BA(Ling&EngLit), MSLP, CPSP

Tilly holds qualification in Linguistics, English Literature and a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology from The University of Sydney.

Tilly is passionate about supporting children towards their communication and swallowing goals. She enjoys working collaboratively with families and values building positive relationships to help children be their best selves.

In her free time, Tilly enjoys reading, being out in nature and travelling.

Candace Parnell - Allied Health Assistant 
BPrimEd

During her time as a primary school teacher Candace often encountered students who needed speech support but who were unable to access these services due to the limited resources within the Eurobodalla.

When Candace became a mother to two boys, her understanding of the importance of access to these types of services became clear.

It is with this unique perspective of parent and educator that drove Candace to make the jump to South Coast Speech Pathology. She hopes to build strong relationships with clients and their families across the community that will help to ensure that all students have an equal chance in education and life.

Speech Pathology Australia certified speech pathologist

Our Speech Pathologists are certified practising members of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). SPA is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia.

Acknowledgment of Country

South Coast Speech Pathology wishes to extend our respects to the traditional custodians, the Yuin people, on whose land we live and work. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present and to the children and young people of today, who are the Elders of tomorrow.