Anushki Jayasekera
MSLP, Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Days working: Tuesday-Saturday

Anushki joined the team at Western Sydney Speech Pathology in October 2019 after completing her Masters of Speech Pathology at Queensland University. While completing her degree, Anushki engaged in further professional development for the management of stuttering for adolescents and adults and was UQ’s student representative for Speech Pathology Australia. Anushki has an interest in the role of speech pathology in the justice system. Anushki is bilingual and can offer services in Sinhala.

Get to Know Anushki

Why did you become a speech pathologist?

I was introduced to Speech Pathology simply by being at the right place, at the right time. I was in my final semester of my undergraduate degree (Biomedical Science), attending my Friday physiology lectures. The topic was on neurology, which is what I would have focused on for my postgrad studies if two slides on the Powerpoint lecture hadn’t caught my interest. The two slides were on a research paper that looked at brain scans of a 5yr old vs 12yr old as they were learning a second language (other than English). As a bi-lingual fluent in English and Sinhala (and having some knowledge of French), I found this fascinating and started Googling around until I found out about Speech Pathology as a career.

So, with my interest in the medical/neurological aspects of how the body works and wanting to work with various healthcare professionals to improve patient’s lives, speech pathology deeply interested me. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I went on to complete my Master in Speech Pathology Studies at the University of Queensland.

What do you love most about your job?

Watching each unique individual progress at their own pace and reach their therapy goals. Whether it’s a non-verbal child saying their first word, or a school-aged child completing an oral presentation without a stutter or interacting with their peers with confidence…it’s remarkable to see their resilience and hard-work.

What is your favourite children’s book?

(This is a tough one!) I would pick ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl. Matilda’s passion for reading, being a loyal friend and standing up for others really inspired me, as well as her rebellious streak before she gained her telekinesis powers. I like the message the story imparts on younger children, that you have the power to make a change in your life for the better (with or without psychic powers!). Also, Matilda accomplished what every child probably wants to do: take over the school.