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Student Spotlight - Johnny Lin

Date - 10 August 2020

Coming into a rural placement with the added complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic has not daunted University of Queensland Speech Pathology student Johnny Lin in the slightest.

Johnny started at Granite Belt Support Services (GBSS) on March 23 and, while there was a transition to telehealth and various changes in practice, he has had a diverse and rewarding placement that has fully prepared him for rural practice.

In fact GBSS would like Johnny to return on graduation, a pleasing result given that Johnny is the practice’s first ever student.

Therapy Manager Chris Macnamara had been trying to recruit an additional speech pathology position for the practice since last year and jumped at the chance of placing a student when she was told about SQRH.

The GBSS team agree Johnny is a wonderful addition to the team and patients have welcomed him due to his enthusiasm and fresh ideas.

Johnny received supervision from GBSS Speech Pathologist Kimberley Hopgood as well as support from SQRH Clinical Educator Chrissie O’Connell.

Johnny is excited about his future prospects and having extended his skill set in using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) treatments, therapy program writing and working with occupational therapy on combined care, he feels well placed to launch into his rural health career.

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