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On the Wish List – the Gift of Communication for the Voiceless

27th May, 2014

Resourcing the Speech Pathology, Gympie Hospital Speech Pathology = $9,504

The ability to communicate is vital to our sense of dignity and quality of life, and losing that gift is one of the most frustrating and distressing challenges faced by patients who for medical reasons can no longer speak.

Christine Barrett from the Gympie Speech Pathology team says they are in need of communication resources that target a variety of difficulties and client populations seen through the department on a regular basis.

“These resources include a Servox ($1,322), an Allora speech generating device ($5,045), Toby Churchill voice amplification device ($875) and a high chair ($258) which will go towards ensuring clients are given the best possible opportunity for quality of life and healthy aging,” Christine says.

“People are without a voice if they can’t access the trial resources that are available. We see approximately 50 adults per year that would greatly benefit from these communication tools which will be used as trial products to help patients make an informed decision.”

The Allora speech generating device, for example is an ideal communication solution for children and adults with communication difficulties resulting from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s, Autism, Laryngectomy and many other similar conditions. It is a powerful, flexible communication system that is designed specifically for individuals needing an easy-to-use, keyboard-based device while the Toby Churchill voice amplification device would greatly assist the hearing impaired and the elderly.

Christine said she would be thrilled to have these communication devices for patients as it would help them remain connected to the community. “The Gympie Hospital Speech Pathology Department provides a generalist service across the continuum of care from paediatrics through to adults, both inpatients and outpatients. Having a diverse range of resources on hand will assist us in providing an efficient and effective evidence-based service to the people of Gympie.

“These resources target a variety of difficulties and client populations seen at the clinic on a regular basis. They would go towards ensuring clients are given the best possible opportunity for quality of life and healthy ageing.”

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