Catholic Education Services offer a range of student services in the areas of therapy and disability. The following are Speech Pathology awareness events taking place in 2017, and information on Speech Pathology and its role in our schools.
Swallowing Awareness Day
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
People who have trouble swallowing are at risk of choking, poor nutrition and dehydration, while babies and children with difficulty feeding may not take in enough nutrients to support growth and brain development.
Speech pathologists are the professionals who assess and treat people across the lifespan with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).
To find a speech pathologist near you go to www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au
The theme for Swallowing Awareness Day in 2017 is: Food and Drink to Die For
Did you know you swallow at least 900 times a day?
- Three times an hour whilst you are asleep
- Once per minute while awake
- Several times during meals
Around one million Australians have a swallowing difficulty (dysphagia). Swallowing problems can occur at any stage of life. However, the knowledge of dysphagia and its implications remain largely unknown for most Australians.
Swallowing Awareness Day 2017 is an opportunity to bring attention to swallowing disorders and to connect people with speech pathologists, the professionals who can help.
(Information adapted from Speech Pathology Australia)
Speech Pathology Week
20-26 AUGUST, 2017
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
Information on Speech Pathology
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
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