In 2020, Australia will celebrate National Speech Pathology Week from 23-28 August. Speech Pathology Week is all about promoting the importance of the profession and celebrating the work done by speech pathologists who service the 1.2 million Australians who live with a communication impairment. The 2020 theme for Speech Pathology Week is: Communicating with confidence!

Speech pathologists contribute greatly to the health and wellbeing of Australians immensely, but especially in 2020 when there are physical barriers to providing therapy. COVID-19 has highlighted many of the challenges faced by Australians with communication disabilities. Pathologists committed to Telehealth sessions and intensified hygiene practices to continue to provide assistance to the most vulnerable in our communities. AHP would like to say THANK YOU to our speech pathologists who help to provide our communities with the basic human right of communication.

Speech pathologists spend their time aiding Australians of all ages who live with communication impairments. Being unable to communicate effectively affects the confidence and community life of participants. Speech therapists provide a crucial form of therapy that starts individuals down the path of improving their lives.

If you or someone you love may need speech pathology services, here is a little more information! –

What services do speech pathologists provide?

Assessment and ongoing management of communication, dysphagia (swallow), and speech. This includes both face-to-face and Telehealth assessment in a hospital environment and in the community.

 

We can provide:

  • Swallow rehab
  • Mealtime management plans following a dysphagia assessment
  • Voice, fluency and dysarthria therapy
  • Stroke rehabilitation in receptive and expressive communication
  • Early childhood communication development

We can provide therapy to participants with the following:

  • Acquired and progressive neurological conditions e.g. stroke, MND, MS, Parkinson’s
  • Developmental disabilities
  • ASD
  • Cognitive-communication disorders
  • Mental health
  • Hearing loss
  • Individuals with a stammer
  • Brain injuries

The Australian Bureau of Statistics established that 1.2 million Australias live with a communications disability. Albeit plenty of information about speech pathology is available, many individuals are resistant to the idea that they need speech therapy. Many elderly may be opposed to the idea of needing pathology and many young people may have trouble expressing that they need help with their communicative abilities. If you need further help with accessing a speech pathologist, get in contact with our AHP team for more information – admin@ahpdisability.com.au