Speech Pathology Week 2019

25 – 31 August is Speech Pathology Week and the theme for this year is ‘Communicating with confidence’. At Monash Health we have approximately 100 Speech Pathologist who are committed to providing integrated, patient focussed services to our community at every stage of life. The team is able to provide a ‘continuum of care’ service, seeing patients in the emergency department, ICU, acute wards, sub-acute wards, and out into the community.

Some of the services provided by Monash Health speech pathologists include:

Bed based (adult): Deliver inpatient acute and sub-acute services within the programs of medicine, surgery, rehabilitation, palliative care, intensive care, and the emergency department

Monash Children’s Hospital: Responsible for inpatient and outpatient feeding and communication assessment and management

Community paediatrics: Provide services to children from birth to school age, providing direct clinical services and undertaking health promotion activities out in the community

Community rehabilitation and rehabilitation in the home: Provide goal-directed rehabilitation services for adults living in the community

Mental health: Service provision to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly with mental health conditions affecting their communication and/or swallowing

Highlighting the diversity of the profession, the speech pathology team is currently working in a range of programs across Monash Health including:

  • Health Koori Kids program
  • Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder service
  • Movement disorders clinic
  • Providing the School Readiness Program to give extra support to kindergarten to help children get the most out of their early learning
  • Supporting support to adults on corrections orders living in the community
  • Palliative care
  • Assessing people’s swallowing through videofluoroscopy and fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing

For information about Speech Pathology Week visit www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/week