The best part of being a speech pathologist
Wednesday 23 August 2017
We asked some of our speech pathologists from the Princess Alexandra Hospital to tell us what they do and why they love to do it.
Grace, Speech Pathologist, practising nearly 2 years
I work in the acute stroke, neurology, and respiratory wards; as well as the dysphagia outpatient clinic. My typical day involves assessing and treating patients' swallowing and communication (language, speech, voice) disorders.
The best part of my job is working within a motivated team to support each patient’s goals, including the ability to communicate or eat and drink with their loved ones.
Brooke, Speech Pathologist - Advanced Critical Care, practising 18 years
I work in the intensive care and spinal injuries units helping the patients to swallow and learn to speak again.
I enjoy working with a great multidisciplinary team that strives to get the best outcomes for their patients.
Steph, Speech Pathologist, practising 4 years
I work primarily in an outpatient setting within radiation oncology. I support patients undergoing radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy for treatment of head and neck cancer. I help them manage acute symptoms and side effects of cancer and treatment, including dysphagia, communication, and laryngectomy management.
The unique part of this radiation oncology caseload is getting to know the patients through our weekly reviews and being able to work closely with dietetics and the multidisciplinary team to assist patients with returning to optimum nutritional intake following treatment.
Jodie, Speech Pathologist, practising 3 years
I work in the geriatric and rehabilitation wards helping patients with communication and swallowing difficulties associated with stroke, brain injury, neurosurgery, progressive neurological disease, dementia and other psychogeriatric conditions.
The best part of an inpatient rehabilitation caseload is getting to know my patients from working with them on a regular basis (often daily) and helping them to achieve their goals – whether that be trialing ‘normal’ food and fluids, practicing naming words or working on reading tasks they need to be able to return to work or study.