SPEAK UP: Speech Pathology students and staff pictured during their recent visit to Biloela
SPEAK UP: Speech Pathology students and staff pictured during their recent visit to Biloela Contributed

Speech Pathology telehealth clinic from CQUni

THE first steps have been taken towards developing a Speech Pathology telehealth clinic, running from the CQUniversity Health Clinic at Rockhampton North campus.

Health Clinic manager Helen Bourne said six Speech Pathology students and two of their academic supervisors, Jenni-Lee Rees and Leisa Skinner, recently visited Biloela to lay the ground for the initiative.

"The students set up a clinic at Biloela State School and, under clinical supervision, saw several primary school students who were referred or recommended," Ms Bourne said.

"The idea was to develop a relationship with the community and then, from that, to develop a telehealth clinic that will run from the CQUni Health Clinic in Rockhampton.

"The response at Biloela was great and the students had 12 appointments over the two days. From those appointments, the Speech Pathology students will continue the treatment over four weeks via telehealth.

"The students also visited the medical centres in Biloela to explain the service and expand our engagement.

"Now that the community has met the students and the supervisors we hope to expand the clinic as an ongoing service in 2016."

Ms Bourne says the CQUni Biloela Study Centre is also assisting by providing rooms for the parents and children to run their telehealth via Jabber videoconference.



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