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VisAbility welcomes three new staff members

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On behalf of VisAbility we send a big welcome to three of our newest staff members. Orthoptist Jenny Barham has returned to work at VisAbility, Speech Pathologist Helena Challis has joined our CAYS team, and Content Creator Kenneth Phua is a welcome addition to VisAbility Radio.

Image of Jenny Barham OrthoptistJenny Barham is a familiar face you will come across in our Vision Assessment Centre. Jenny is an Orthoptist who grew up in Newcastle, NSW. Jenny moved to Perth back in 2000 when she worked at VisAbility for a few years. She enjoyed the sunshine so much that she never went back and has since made Perth her home!

If you come to see Jenny, she will be the one to check your vision and recommend a range of aids for you. These can be any number of the wonderful assortment of magnifiers. Jenny remarks that “the fix isn’t always perfect but it gives people a way of accessing the things they love and that are important to them. Be it a crossword, sewing or reading the newspaper”.

Welcome back Jenny!

Image of Helena Challis Speech PathologistHelena is a speech pathologist who works in our Children and Youth Services. Helena has just graduated from Curtin University after finishing her degree. Helena plays a vital role in our VisAbility team, helping our clients communicate. She’ll work closely with Occupational Therapists and makes home or school visits where needed. We caught up with Helena to see how she was settling in!

What’s your favourite aspect of being a Speech Pathologist? “Definitely interacting with the clients. I just love working with children. It’s a very rewarding role!”

How are you settling in to VisAbility? “Great! It’s been challenging adjusting to working with clients that have a vision impairment but an exciting, wonderful challenge. I’m busy, and there’s no chance to be bored. I love it!”

Could you tell us a little something about yourself? “To be honest, I’m a bit of an avid tea drinker. The whole office enjoys regular cups of tea, and I already feel right at home!”

Welcome Helena!

Image of Kenneth Phua Content Creator

Kenneth Phua is a welcome addition to our VisAbility Radio crew. Having worked in media since graduating from Curtin University in 1980s, Kenneth has had a diverse career in Singapore. His history has included a range of fields such as advertising, sales, events management, print publishing and radio. He made the final move from Singapore to Perth in 2010.

Kenneth will coordinate our channels and podcasts, so you can tune in via our website and listen to the latest stories. He will curate interesting interviews with clients and community members alike. Conversation topics will range from education, employment, technology, sport and current affairs to name a few! Kenneth loves connecting people, and marketing provides the best channel to do this. “I get enjoyment from developing a greater sense of awareness in the community and educating others”.

Besides marketing, Kenneth also have a keen interest in etymology, a study into the origin of words. “I’ve always loved writing and one day I simply started to wonder about why it is that we use certain words, what their original meanings were. My interest just grew from there!”

Welcome Kenneth!