7-13 AUGUST, 2016
Communication is a basic human right
Each year Speech Pathology Australia hosts Speech Pathology Week to make Australians aware of those in our community who have a communication or swallowing difficulty.
More than 1.1 million Australians have a communication or swallowing difficulty that impacts on their quality of life. Every day speech pathologists are creating futures by changing lives for Australians with communication and swallowing difficulties.
The Communication Bill of Rights clearly demonstrates that each and every person has the right to communicate. For more information: http://www.scopevic.org.au/communication-access-in-print/
During Speech Pathology Week give a voice to those who have a communication and swallowing difficulty. Join the conversation on social media by using #SPweek
Find a speech pathologist?
You do not need a referral to see a speech pathologist (outside of an educational setting). To find a speech pathologist, speak with your GP or child health nurse, or use the
Find a Speech Pathologist search on the Speech Pathology Australia website: www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/find
What is a speech pathologist?
Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, reading and writing, stuttering and voice.
They work with people who have communication and swallowing difficulties that:
- Arise from premature birth, or may be present from birth (e.g. cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing impairments and cleft palate); or
- occur as a result of physical, intellectual or sensory disability or a mental illness; or
- emerge during early childhood (e.g. speech and language disorders, stuttering, difficulties learning to read and write); or
- occur during adult years (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, head/neck cancers, neurodegenerative disorders such as motor neurone disease); or
- develop in the elderly (e.g. dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease).
People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drinking safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.
Where do speech pathologists work?
Speech pathologists work in a variety of settings, including public and private hospitals; early intervention; child care and education settings; community health and rehabilitation centres; corporate organisations; correctional and juvenile justice facilities; disability services; universities; mental health services; residential accommodation; private homes; private speech pathology clinics and aged care facilities.
Speech pathology services in our schools
Catholic Education Services has five Speech Language Pathologists who work across the 29 schools and colleges in the Cairns Diocese. They are; Rachael Di Bella (SPA FNQ Regional Representative), Lauren Hamill, Chanelle Chate, Tenille Bellamy and Amanda Carlone.
Please see the Speech Pathology Brochure below for further information and contact details.
Speech Pathology Brochure (the same one that is on the specialist support services page)
About Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)
Speech Pathology Australia is the national professional association for speech pathologists in Australia. The Association supports and regulates the ethical, clinical and professional standards of the profession, as well as lobbying and advocating for access to services that benefit people with communication and swallowing difficulties. Membership is open to applicants who meet the Association’s eligibility requirements. The Association is recognised by government as the professional body representing speech pathologists in Australia.
1/114 William Street, Melbourne Victoria
Tel: 1300 368 835
Learn more about Speech Pathology Week: www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/week
Colour in Page
Catholic Education’s Speech Language Pathologist team is distributing the Colour in Page below to Catholic schools across the Cairns Diocese and asking for students to return these to be displayed at Catholic Education Services, by the Thursday of Speech Pathology Week, August 11.
Things to do
Check the progress of your child’s language development. Head on over to Talking Point and take their 5-minute questionnaire. Click here
Trying to get the man of the house involved in speech therapy? Here are some tips on getting him excited about learning with your child! Click here