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New staff cut wait for speech pathology

Thursday, 6th May, 2010

Erin Wilkins, Diena Grant-Thomson and Dawn Myree - the new speech pathology team at the local hospital. Erin Wilkins, Diena Grant-Thomson and Dawn Myree - the new speech pathology team at the local hospital.

Waiting lists for speech pathology services at
the hospital have been cut after the appointment
of new staff.
Broken Hill Health Service General Manager, Rod
Wyber-Hughes, described the development as an
“exciting result for the Broken Hill community.”
One of several things that enabled the hospital to cut
waiting lists was the appointment six months ago of a
Speech Pathologist/Manager, Diena Grant-Thomson.
Ms Grant-Thomson said that speech pathology
“stays with people for their entire life.”
She also emphasises the importance of early
intervention and says that there are also no age barriers
for this kind of treatment.
Children up to the age of 16 and adults can attend
the therapy which Dawn Myree, a senior speech
pathologist, said was “critical to being able to read and
write and improve people’s literacy skills.”
Newly-appointed part-time speech pathologist, Erin
Wilkins, said that unchecked speech problems limited
a child’s education.
“A child with speech or language difficulties prior
to school is four to five times more likely to encounter
reading and spelling difficulties when they go to
school,” she said.
The speech pathology service at the hospital also
helps people who have suffered strokes, brain injury
or Parkinson’s disease get back to a normal speech
pattern.

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