Aged Care

‘COVID safe’ home visits

By |2020-06-10T07:25:58+00:00May 24th, 2020|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , |

Wollongong Speech Pathology is gradually returning to face-to-face services! This article explains the steps we are taking to provide 'COVID safe' home visits. The same steps apply to all of our face-to-face services. We want to make sure everyone is healthy and safe, no matter where the service takes place. It is very important [...]

Communication Partner Training

By |2020-04-27T13:40:07+00:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Aged Care, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , , , |

They say that communication is a two-way street. There are always two or more people involved in an interaction. So when communication breaks down, maybe both people need to make changes so that communication can be better? That is essentially what communication partner training is all about. In this article, I'll explain what it [...]

Speech Pathology Telepractice

By |2020-03-25T03:35:20+00:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Aged Care, Disability, Rehabilitation|Tags: , , , , |

Wollongong Speech Pathology is now offering speech pathology telepractice. In this article we explain what telepractice is, why we do it, and tips to make it most effective. What is speech pathology telepractice? Speech pathology telepractice, also known as speech pathology telehealth, means the delivery of speech pathology services at a distance, using technology. [...]

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 [...]