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Speech Pathologists not only provide services to people whose function is affected by communication or swallowing impairment. As part of our focus on Advance Care Planning Week, Wendy Pearse from Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and Stephanie Veal from Austin Health discuss the important role of Speech Pathologists in palliative care and advance care planning.
Speech pathologists work across the continuum of care from hospital to community and across the age spectrum from premature babies to geriatric care. However, sometimes it is hard for speech pathologists to explain what they do and why it is so rewarding. As part of this paediatric palliative care series, Ashlen Harrop a senior speech pathologist at Queensland Children's Hospital gives an insight into her role as a speech pathologist in paediatric palliative care.
Speech pathologists will often work with patients undergoing palliative care and treatment, despite the perception that it may not be their role. Wendy Pearse, Principal Project Officer for End of Life Care at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service discusses challenging those perceptions and the importance of evidence-based practice in supporting speech pathologists in providing care for those patients.