OUR TEAM

Di is smiling. Her long dark brown hair is wavey and blowing gently in the breeze. She is wearing an aqua blouse and navy jacket.

Di Van der Walt
Principal Speech Pathologist 

Di has a passion for helping all children to be able to communicate and to reach their full potential in reading and spelling.
She believes that communication and literacy are basic human rights and every person has the right to a robust means of communication and good literacy instruction in order to achieve this.

In the words of David Yoder (ISAAC, 2000),

“No person is too anything to be able to read or write.”

Di has extensive experience in most areas of speech pathology for children with and without a disability.  She has also gained an ability to continue to work on goals in usual situations – bubbles and bikes in the garden or jumping on the trampoline to sitting at a table or on the floor in a child’s safe zone.

Di is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and a Hanen certified Speech Pathologist in the “ABC and Beyond™” program for educators of 3-5-year-old’s, the “It Takes Two to Talk®” and “More than Words®” parent programs.  She is also a trained instructor in “Sounds-Write” – a Systematic Sequential Phonics program and Talk for Writing.

Di and her hubby, Andre, have 2 children, Joshua and Caleb.  She also has 2 dogs and a cat.  They live in Roleystone.  Outside of work, Di loves being outdoors and has recently taken up trail running.  

Charlotte Thring
Speech Pathologist – Currently on Parental Leave

Charlotte joined the Perth Hills Speech Pathology team in September, 2020 and has already made her mark as a highly respected and experienced clinician.

Charlotte has almost 10 years of experience, in particular in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, expressive and receptive language, speech delays and disorders, stuttering, social communication and AAC. 

Charlotte has a passion for learning new skills to meet the needs of her clients and as such will be attending Sounds-Write training in the coming months.  Charlotte is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and is Hanen certified in the “More than Words®” and “Talkability®” parent programs and “Learning Language and Loving It®” teacher training.  She is trained in PODD and a range of other AAC methods. Her aim is to make speech therapy fun! Goals are always worked into games  and meaningful activities that incorporate the child’s strengths and interests.

Charlotte has two young children who love picking and eating strawberries when they are in season.

Image is of Charlotte. She is smiling. Her long hair is blowing gently behind her. She is wearing orange earings, a white blouse and a navy jacket.
Image of Jackie. She is smiling and her long blonde hair is blowing gently in the breeze. She is wearing an aqua blouse and black jacket.

Jackie Maunder
Speech Pathologist 

Jackie has a passion for working with children who ‘fall through the cracks’.  She is dedicated in finding out where the difficulties lie and then supporting the child and the family by offering practical strategies for incorporating language into daily tasks, book sharing and play.  . 

Jackie joined the Perth Hills Speech Pathology team in July, 2021.  She has many years of experience working with children, both as a Primary and Early Childhood Teacher and now as a Speech Pathologist.

Jackie is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist.  She is trained in Talk for Writing and is currently completing training to be a  and a trained instructor in “Sounds-Write” – a Systematic Sequential Phonics program.  Jackie will be completing her training in Hanen, It Takes Two to Talk® in September, 2021.

Jackie and her husband, Jon have three adult children and are also foster parents. They enjoy spending time exploring new places and being creative.

We are seeking an Innovative Problem-Solving Speech Pathologist to join our fast-growing paediatric mobile practice. 

  • We are a small (and growing) supportive team of speech pathologists who focus on client and staff strengths.
  • We pride ourselves in being problem solvers, deep thinkers and being innovative whilst maintaining ethics and evidence-based practice.
  • We are a dedicated, hard-working team who enjoy continuous learning whilst preparing for client sessions. 

Why join Perth Hills Speech Pathology?

  • You will enjoy working autonomously and as part of a team.
  • You will be able to choose the days (minimum 3 days/week) and hours that suit you and your family.
  • You will enjoy a fully equipped practice, with standardised formal assessment tools, therapy resources and a vast selection of toys and games for all areas of speech, language, and literacy.
  • You will receive direct clinical supervision, year-round guidance and mentoring at all stages of employment. Working at Perth Hills Speech Pathology allows the unique opportunity to develop extended clinical knowledge in assessments and therapy, in a wide range of clinical areas and for differing client caseloads. This highly valuable support is integral to the Perth Hills Speech Pathology working environment and extends to all areas of service delivery.
  • You will develop your skills in parent coaching, providing workshops and online training.
  • You will be allocated ‘admin’ time to prepare, follow up and write reports.
  • You will be allocated a laptop and iPad
  • There will be a slower pace during school holidays, where we take the time to reflect and rejuvenate whilst offering different services or taking annual leave.
  • You will enjoy monthly clinical forums as a member of the Private Speech Pathologists’ Association of WA (PSPAWA)
  • You will receive support to attend Professional Development and Special Interest Groups.
  • There is parking nearby. 

Essential Criteria

  • Applicants must be a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) registered with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and committed to continued professional development and ongoing participation in SPA’s professional self-regulation programme.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology is required. Speech Pathology postgraduates are encouraged to apply.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a practicing Speech Pathologist (or other relevant industry experience)
  • Applicants will be required to use their own vehicle to attend client sessions. This will be financially remunerated. 

Desirable Criteria

  • Training in Hanen, It Takes Two to Talk and Sounds-Write is preferred. We will consider applicants who are willing to undergo training in these programmes as soon as possible. 
  • Applicants need to be highly motivated and organised, able to work both independently and as part of a team, to a high standard. Working with Perth Hills Speech Pathology requires self-management skills and the ability to organise your own timetable within the framework of consistent support and mentoring we provide.
  • Perth Hills Speech Pathology is an enjoyable and supportive working environment. Having a good sense of humour is a plus!
  • Most importantly, we value a strong work ethic, high ethical standards, and a commitment to providing the best evidence-based practice to Perth Hills Speech Pathology clients.

General conditions of employment

  • Should you be a successful applicant, you will need to apply for a Medicare Provider Number for Perth Hills Speech Pathology. You will also need a Valid police clearance, WA-valid Driver’s Licence and Working with Children Check.
  • Referee checks on at least two independent referees will be conducted prior to an offer of employment being made.

Contact

To make an application, please send your Cover Letter and CV to diana@perthhillsspeech.com. Feel free to phone Di Van der Walt, Owner and Principal Speech Pathologist on 0498 570 787 with any queries.