‘It is common for adolescents with speech problems such as stuttering to be referred to clinics in Melbourne because of a lack of intensive or specialist treatment options locally,’ says Dr Susan Block, Speech Pathology Course Coordinator, La Trobe University, School of Allied Health, Department of Human Communication Sciences.
‘Now the La Trobe Rural Health School, Catholic Education Office and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development are delighted to offer the opportunity for children in Bendigo and surrounding regions to benefit from intensive treatment.’
‘The program will be conducted in July and we are currently inviting expressions of interest from speech pathologists and parents of adolescents aged 10 years or older in Bendigo and surrounding areas to be involved in this exciting initiative.’
Bendigo: experienced speech pathologists, expanding health sector
This initiative has had significant success for over 20 years in Melbourne and Dr Block says that the combination of experienced speech pathologists and an expanding health sector meant that it made sense to begin the program in Bendigo.
‘We will be conducting the program at the newly built Health and Human Sciences 2 building at La Trobe University Bendigo’s Edwards Road campus. It will allow us to give La Trobe University’s first cohort of final year speech pathologists valuable work experience under the supervision of experienced expert and local clinical supervisors.
‘One of the best ways to increase a speech pathologists’ confidence in working with people who stutter is to provide them with relevant and stimulating clinical experiences during their professional preparation.’
Parents of interested students are invited to contact Dr Block at S.Block@latrobe.edu.au or telephone 03 9479 1801.
Dr Susan Block, Speech Pathology Course Coordinator and La Trobe Fluency Clinic Coordinator, La Trobe University, School of Allied Health, Department of Human Communication Sciences. Ph 9479 1801 E S.Block@latrobe.edu.au
Mr Tom O’Callaghan, Media and Communications Unit, La Trobe University Bendigo, Ph (03) 5444 7415 F (03) 5444 7526 M 0408 900 469 E T.OCallaghan@latrobe.edu.au