Presentation on theme: "What is speech pathology? Communication disorders in Australia 12% of children in Australian primary schools have a communication disorder Children."— Presentation transcript:
Communication disorders in Australia 12% of children in Australian primary schools have a communication disorder Children with a language impairment are six times more likely to have a reading problem than children without At least 30% of people post-stroke suffer loss of language (aphasia) 85% of those with Parkinson’s disease have voice, speech and/or swallowing difficulties At least 13,000 Australians use electronic communication aids to get their message across 46% of young Australian offenders may have a language impairment
What is a speech pathologist? Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat: communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency and voice, and swallowing disorders.
Where do SPs work? Speech pathology is practised in a wide variety of settings including: hospitals private practice kindergartens community health centres homes rehabilitation centres universities juvenile justice centres schools early intervention services nursing homes mental health services disability services
Speech pathologists work with… All ages across the life-span. People having difficulty communicating or swallowing food or drink safely because of: developmental delays dementia / mental illness physical disability intellectual disability progressive neurological diseases social communication disorders brain injuries cancer learning disability hearing impairment / loss fluency disorders voice disorders
What do speech pathologists do? Diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders Use an evidence based and person-centred approach Work collaboratively as part of a team Provide education and consultancy services Provide support and advocacy
Credentialing of SPs Speech pathology is a self-regulating health profession in Australia. Speech pathologists are not part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and do not have to be registered with AHPRA. Membership of SPA is the only way to ensure that speech pathologists have completed the appropriate training and maintained their currency of skills to work as a speech pathologist.
When to refer to a SP Consult the When to Refer section of the SPA website www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au Ask a speech pathologist.
How to refer to a SP A written referral is not required but is desirable. SPs accept self referrals from clients. Waiting lists apply for public and in some instances private services. SPA has Information Sheets for prospective clients: What to expect from a speech pathologistWhat to expect from a speech pathologist How to choose a speech pathologistHow to choose a speech pathologist
How to find a speech pathologist SPA has a directory of members (who wish to have their details advertised) on its Find a Speech Pathologist search www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au National Health Services Directory www.nhsd.com.au
Resources Resources Information for the Community Clients & Other Professionals section of SPA’s website contains: When to refer information Information Sheets Fact Sheets What is a speech pathologist video Find a Speech Pathologist directory www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au
The International Communication Project 2014 We need your help in building a Nation for Communication: Sign up to the Communication Pledge at www.communication2014.com Appear in a photo with the “I Communicate” card or film a short video giving your support to the ICP2014 Put a sticker on your car, a logo on your website or a piece in your newsletter Write to your local politicians Just talk!