I began an undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology in 1980, at Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, in Melbourne.
In December 1985, following graduation, I commenced working with children, at the Ministry of Education: Student Services, Wodonga Victoria. By November 1988-1990, I had also completed a Grade 2 position at Wodonga District Hospital that also involved adult acute care.
In 1987, feeling increasingly frustrated by the lack of readily available treatment options for children, I commenced my private practice. Families were subsequently able to access services rebatable on private health insurance. In 1993, my family and I moved back to Melbourne.
In 1995, I commenced a Post Graduate Diploma in Research Methodology and Statistics (School of Communication Sciences) at La Trobe University Bundoora. My topic of interest was Otitis Media, Auditory Processing Disorders and Background Noise in classrooms. I was fortunate to be supervised by Dr. John Bench Psychologist and Audiologist, an outstanding mentor and role-model.
In 1995, I worked at RMIT Bundoora in the Language and Learning Unit. Also in 1994-1995, I completed a locum placement at Diamond Valley Community Health Centre. In 1995 I returned to Yooralla Special School Glenroy, where I had completed a student placement. In 1995, I had the opportunity to work at the Onemda Day Training Facility for adults with special needs in Doncaster East. In1996, I held a consultancy position at Northside Christian College Bundoora.
In 1999, due to my husbands work commitments, my family and I moved back to Albury Wodonga. In 2001, I commenced a Masters degree at Charles Sturt University, Albury. However, I withdrew from my study due to family circumstances (role of carer for my father who was ill).
Whilst in Albury, I recommenced my private practice in Lavington NSW under the name Eva J Harrold Speech Pathologist and also completed various locum positions for the Catholic Schools and Wodonga Regional Hospital.
In 2006, I recommenced my Masters Degree (Communication Disorders) by research, through the Macquarie University Distance Education Program. I was fortunate to have two excellent Supervisors: Professor Linda Cupples and Dr Caroline Law (Linguistics faculty). Both supervisors had specialist knowledge in the field of reading disability and remediation.
My research thesis involved a Single Case Design of a child with a specific reading disorder (dyslexia). I completed my degree in 2008.
In 2009, my family and I made the ‘tree change’ and moved to the Yarra Ranges: Healesville. I took some time out from work and study and project managed the construction of our home in Badger Creek. In 2010, I recommenced employment with Early Intervention at EACH in Healesville. My role was primarily to provide FaHCSIA services for children with Autism.
In 2011, I left EACH and commenced Healesville Speech Pathology from my home in Badger Creek. Healesville Speech Pathology provides FaHCSIA services for children with Better Start and Helping Children with Autism Packages. Individuals are also referred through their General Practitioners for chronic and complex care conditions and Paediatricians for Medicare rebatable services. Individual care plans include outreach and in clinic intervention, by arrangement.
Most recently I have developed a passionate interest in the use of technology in remediating communication disorders. I continue to take pride in my reputation as a caring and conscientious provider of quality speech pathology assessment and intervention services. I aim to build partnerships with lead agencies, associated medical and allied health practitioners and educational representatives.