Speech Pathology: Naomi Mitchell

Naomi Mitchell is a Speech Pathologist at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

What led you to study at the University of Melbourne?
Following in my parents' footsteps as they both completed their undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne.

What are your strongest memories of your time at the University of Melbourne?
The solidarity in our Master of Speech Pathology cohort - we shared the good times, the hard and of course the study stress!

What goals did you set yourself when you finished University and have you stuck to that plan?
My goal was to work in the paediatric acute hospital setting and yes I am amazed to say that I have stuck to that plan!

What/who motivated you at University?
The amazing lecturing staff at the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology as well as my thesis supervisors at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute - it was amazing to have this connection to the broader research context.

What advice do you have for current students?
Find a field that feels natural and right for you and the work will come easily.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment since graduating?
Landing my dream job at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

What does being successful mean to you?
I feel successful because I have a found a career which feels natural and just right for me. The next step towards success for me is to hone my skills in my area of interest - infant feeding and swallowing.