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External Advisory Committee
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service
Liverpool Health Service
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
St Josephs Hospital, Auburn
Cerebral Palsy Alliance (formerly The Spastic Centre)

External Advisory Committee (EAC)

The role of the committee is to give advice and direction to the Discipline regarding the attributes of our graduates and future workplace trends that need to be accounted for in our curriculum.

If you have specific feedback you would like to give the university on either of these issues you are welcome to contact Kirrie Ballard, Head of Discipline or the EAC member most relevant. Below is a list of our EAC members and the groups they are representing.

We work closely with our EAC members to maintain the quality of our graduates and the relevancy of our courses to the current and future workplace.

  • Cheryl Andrews – Private Practice
  • Leigha Dark – The Spastic Centre, NSW
  • Janet Greely – Speech Pathology Regional Advisor’s Group
  • Leah Hanley – New Graduate
  • Eva Nemeth – NSW Student Unit Supervisors
  • Kerrie Plumer – NSW Department of Health
  • Liz Poynting – Speech Pathology Managers Group
  • Justine Watkins – Speech Pathology Association of Australia

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital

Speech Pathology Department

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital is a Major Metropolitan Acute General Hospital with 454 beds, catering for approximately 27,000 inpatient separations per year. Bankstown Health Service also includes a number of community centres as part of Sydney South West Area Health.

The estimated population of SSWAHS is 1.33M in 2004 (representing 20% of the total population of NSW) with a projected increase to 1.52M by 2016. SSWAHS is the most ethnically diverse health area in Australia, with 39% of people speaking a language other than English at home, most notably in Fairfield and Canterbury, with over 60% of the population not speaking English at home.
There are considerable variations between LGAs in the proportions of the population identifying as Aboriginal (highest in South Sydney and Campbelltown)

Speech Pathology forms an integral part of the Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital Allied Health Service. The Service consists of both a Hospital team and the Stuttering Unit.

The Hospital Team services includes inpatient services such as inpatient Stroke Unit, rehab, general, cardiac, geriatric and respiratory medicine. Outpatient services include Out-patient Rehabilitation Therapy (OPRT) and the Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP).

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The Bankstown Stuttering Unit is an internationally recognised specialist Speech Pathology service that aims to reduce the frequency and severity of stuttering. The Unit works closely with researchers from the Australian Stuttering Research Centre (based at Sydney University) and the linguistics department at Macquarie University, a partnership which is unique in the field of stuttering worldwide.
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Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service

Speech Pathology Department

Student Unit
This department provides paediatric speech pathology services to children and adolescents aged 0 – 18 years. We assess, diagnose and treat children with difficulties in the areas of language, speech, fluency, voice, learning, feeding and swallowing. Intervention may be provided via a variety of service delivery models including: individual or group therapy, home programs and reviews.

Student Specific Facilities
The student unit at Hornsby Hospital comprises two therapy rooms, a student room equipped with computers, a printer and workspace area, as well as the Student Unit Supervisor’s office. Observation of the therapy rooms occurs via audiovisual equipment and sessions may be taped onto videotapes or DVD’s.

The student unit provides community based paediatric outpatient services to children in the Hornsby Kuring-gai area including those of CALD backgrounds.

Liverpool Health Service

The speech pathology department at Liverpool Hospital is part of the network of speech pathologists employed across Sydney South West Area Health Service. The department consists of an adult and paediatric team which services inpatient, outpatient and community clients of all ages.

The speech pathology department sees clients with communication and swallowing problems, often in a multi-disciplinary team setting.

As part of a tertiary teaching hospital for the South West Sydney area, we have specialist areas in:

  • Cancer Therapy
  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Aged Care
  • Neo-natal Intensive Care
  • Child Development

We are a growing department with new and innovative services which include a number of brokerage or specially funded positions such as Nursing Home projects, Communities for Children (C4C) and Links to School.

A range of service delivery models are used including:

  • individual assessment and intervention
  • joint or multi-disciplinary clinics
  • group intervention
  • capacity building models for school projects and target communities

As part of South West Sydney, Liverpool has a high culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population. Interpreters are often used and resources and interventions reflect the needs of the local community.

Quality projects are constantly undertaken and in the past we have:

  • mapped assessment and intervention through Early Language Clinic
  • analysed local demographic information and compared it with referral rates
  • improved our triage of paediatric referrals
  • investigated workplace safety, weekend services
  • evaluated the use of a dysphagia screening tool

Our department is highly involved in the training of speech pathology staff, students, health professionals and the community. Students attending Liverpool Hospital have an opportunity to obtain a variety of clinical experiences and be involved in the day to day running of a busy large department.

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Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

The Royal Prince Alfred Speech Pathology Department has 7.42 FTE Speech Pathologists working in the following clinical areas:

  • Critical Care
  • Neurosciences
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiothoracics
  • Aged Care
  • Voice / ENT / Head & Neck
  • General Medical
  • Paediatric Feeding
  • Stroke Outreach Service
  • Day Hospital

They have recently established a new graduate position, which rotates between Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Concord Hospital.

The department sees patients for individual assessment and therapy, as well as outpatient communication groups and baby groups.

The department is actively involved in quality improvement, including the collection of outcome measures and clinical indicators; area wide research projects related to accent modification and communication in dementia; and resource development via area wide clinical networks.

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St Joseph's Hospital, Auburn

The Speech Pathology Department caters for adult neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders, individual and group service delivery models.

Student Specific Facilities

• The partnership with the University of Sydney in the provision of group intervention for people with aphasia

• Excellence in clinical education and the provision of student-oriented clinical experience and training

The Student Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital has been operational since 1992.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Formerly The Spastic Centre

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