Westmead Hospital’s speech pathology department is marking Speech Pathology Week this week.
Speech Pathology Week (August 20 – 26) aims to promote speech pathology and the work performed by our busy speech pathologists.
More than 1.1 million Australians have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts their daily life.
Westmead Hospital’s speech pathology team provide specialist assessment and treatment for both inpatients and outpatients, suffering from various communication and swallowing disorders.
Speech pathologist Katrina Moore said the team treated a diverse range of patients.
“We see babies with feeding difficulties associated with premature birth, right through to elderly patients with communication and swallowing impairments from diseases like Alzheimer’s,” she said.
“The speech pathology team at Westmead Hospital are committed to providing exceptional care and empowering those impacted by disorders of communication, swallowing and feeding.”
The theme for this year’s Speech Pathology Week is Communication access – everyone gets the message.
“We’re encouraging everyone in our community to support communication accessibility by using simple language, and using pictures, writing, gestures or symbols to help get your message across,” Katrina said.