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Foundation First Speech Pathology was established in 2021 by Practice Director, Sarah Moran (B.Sp.Path MSPA, CPSP).

The core of Foundation First Speech Pathology is about building autonomy and strength in families and participants to empower them to advocate for and strive towards their goals, achieving independence, self-determination, and the joy of communication. We work with other allied health professionals to support children who are NDIS participants and their families. 

Foundation First Speech Pathology employs Certified Practising Speech Pathologists  We are committed to ongoing professional development, professional mentoring, and clinical supervision.

We strive to ensure that people with disabilities are offered the same opportunities as others and as an organisation that support clients with disability, we want this to be reflected in our workforce. 

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Director/Speech Pathologist

B.Sp.Path (Hons); MSPA; CPSP

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Sarah graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) and has worked in both public and private health sectors providing assessment, intervention, and support to children and their families. Sarah has a special interest in working in early intervention with children under 3 years, feeding, alternative and augmentative communication, and working with children with developmental disabilities. 


Sarah comes to the profession with a wealth of experience and empathy as a sibling of a person with complex disability. Having grown up as a carer and support for her sister, Sarah has first-hand experience of the challenges faced by families and a passion for supporting them to achieve their goals. 

Karley Moran

Administration Assistant

Karley comes to the position with a wealth of experience in administration. She has worked in this industry for 4 years, providing administrative assistance to support community services. Karley has completed studies through TAFE NSW and holds a Certificate II in Animal Studies, a Certificate of Vocational and Community Engagement, and a Certificate in Basic Strategies for Career Planning.


Karley enjoys working with people and animals and approaches her work with care, attention to detail, and warmth. Karley has lived experience of disability and the challenges associated with navigating the world and brings this perspective to her interactions with other children and adults with disability. 


Emma ballardie

Speech Pathologist

B.Sp.Path (Hons); MSPA; CPSP

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Emma comes to the position with a wealth of experience in paediatric assessment and therapy. Graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Emma has over 15 years experience working with families to achieve the best outcomes. 

Emma has worked in both public and private practice and has a particular interest in language and literacy assessment and intervention. 


Emma has strong values in working collaboratively with families and children and has many years experience working in the disability sector. 


Emma loves dogs, with 3 at home herself and has a beautiful family. She brings a care and kindness to her practice that make her an absolute asset to any care team. 


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