Aged Care

What is a speech pathologist’s role at end of life?

By |2019-04-24T14:31:13+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Caring for a person at the end of their life can be a gift. If done well, we can support a person to die with dignity as well as supporting the loved ones they will leave behind. This presents two questions: What is the role of speech pathology in end of life care, and [...]

Communication accessibility is communication for all

By |2018-08-28T11:12:02+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Health Promotion, Rehabilitation|Tags: , |

In Speech Pathology Week 2018, we call for greater action towards national communication accessibility. This is the message we send with this year’s theme: Communication Access Is Communication for all. Like mobility or wheelchair access, communication access is enabling people with communication disorders to get their message across by removing barriers to effective communication, or [...]

What’s it like having a speech pathology placement in private practice?

By |2017-09-27T11:07:35+00:00August 31st, 2017|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , |

What is it like to have a speech pathology placement in private practice? Great question! This guest blog post was written by a speech pathology student, Sarah El-Wahsh. Sarah completed her final speech pathology placement with us in August 2017. She gives us some great insights into a placement in private practice.... Learning beyond the [...]

The (mostly) good and the (sometimes) bad of speech pathology students in private practice

By |2017-09-27T11:11:09+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , |

Our first pair of speech pathology students - Jaimie and Lizzy - have now finished their placement with Wollongong Speech Pathology. It was a dream having them on board with us. I loved talking to them about clients! It was brilliant to have two extra people involved, giving input into clients' assessment and treatment plans. [...]

Why take Student Speech Pathologists?

By |2017-09-27T11:12:01+00:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , |

Wollongong Speech Pathology is now taking Student Speech Pathologists on clinical placement. Let's talk about why! Benefits to clients: a fresh perspective to therapy programs access to up-to-date evidence & techniques Benefits to the practice: give something back to the profession providing quality clinical opportunities to students Benefits to students: exposure to a wide range [...]

Speech pathology & dementia diagnosis

By |2017-09-27T11:15:19+00:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , , |

Making a dementia diagnosis is not a straight-forward process. Sometimes it can take years for a firm diagnosis to be made. What does an assessment involve? Dementia diagnosis requires a team approach. As a minimum, assessment will involve: a case history (your GP will ask you questions about your past, your current concerns, what is working [...]

Niki McDonagh: Occupational Therapy

By |2017-09-27T11:18:10+00:00November 27th, 2016|Categories: Aged Care, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , |

Interview Series: Collaborative practice in the Illawarra Working in private practice, especially out in the community, runs the risk of being isolating. I don't have an office to share with other health professionals. So I miss those important "corridor conversations". Thankfully, working in isolation is not my thing!! It is no fun for me, and not [...]

What is a speech pathologist?

By |2017-09-27T11:21:33+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , |

Speech pathologists work with individuals across the lifespan, from newborn babies to palliative care. As part of a team, we are uniquely trained to assess, diagnose, and treat communication and swallowing disorders. In Australia, all speech pathologists have been trained at a university. For more information, see www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au https://youtu.be/bpy3F9PltAg

Oral hygiene, communication, and swallowing

By |2018-07-13T11:25:09+00:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Aged Care, Disability|Tags: , , |

Ever stopped to think about the importance of your oral hygiene? That is, how clean is your mouth and teeth? We need good strong teeth to bite and to chew, to shape speech sounds and of course to smile. When we have problems with our mouth and teeth it's bad news - pain, embarrassment, odour, and [...]

What is the role of the speech pathologist in dementia care?

By |2017-09-27T11:23:24+00:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: Aged Care|Tags: , , |

Dementia is already the leading cause of disability in Australians aged over 65 years. So we need to find ways to better support the ever-growing number of older Australians with dementia. There is increasing evidence that speech pathology and dementia go together. Speech pathologists can play an important role in dementia-related communication or swallowing problems. Our goal is to [...]