The RFDS in VIC
It’s a sobering fact that despite 30% of Australians living in rural areas, only 4.5% of speech pathology practitioners provide services to rural communities. With language delays during early childhood potentially having a long term impact on literacy, quality of life, mental health and social opportunity, assisting rural children to access speech pathology services is paramount.
That’s why Royal Flying Doctor Service is working with local health services to provide children aged 0-12 years access to local speech pathology.
What to expect
A speech pathologist will conduct a thorough assessment. A treatment plan will then be developed to support your child. Ongoing appointments will be provided by the speech therapy team, which may include your speech pathologist and qualified allied health assistants. Appointments are conducted via both face-to-face and the secure Flying Doctor Telehealth service.
Early intervention often leads to improved outcomes, so accurately identifying children with speech and language needs is a crucial part of the process. To assist with this, the program also provides training for early education workers at local schools and centres to assist in identifying children with speech and language needs.
With Australian teachers reporting 1 in 5 school students having a language difficulty when they commence school, ensuring early education staff are confident in referring children and families to the service is a vital piece of the puzzle.
After a successful two-year pilot across the Mallee, we now support kids speech services in the towns of Robinvale, Ouyen, Sea Lake, Murrayville and Underbool. Excitingly, we have now expanded across the Buloke and Loddon regions, servicing the communities of Inglewood, Wedderburn, Bridgewater, Charlton, Donald, Wycheproof and Birchip.
We believe that people living in rural and regional areas shouldn’t be at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving health care. Programs delivered in partnership with local health services make a tangible difference to the lives of many children, and it is services like these that RFDS Victoria is proud to help deliver to rural communities.
“The speech pathology at Robinvale has been fantastic with my… children. The staff are flexible and very enthusiastic. My kids have improved out of sight with their speech which has had positive effects with their confidence and social interactions.”
- Flying Doctor Speech Therapy parent of client.
How to make an appointment
T: (03) 5051 8160
F: (03) 5026 1600
Ouyen | Sea Lake | Murrayville | Underbool
T: (03) 5092 1111
F: (03) 5091 0272
Inglewood | Wedderburn | Bridgewater | Charlton | Donald | Wycheproof | Bichip
T: (03) 5431 7000
F: (03) 5431 7004
Alternatively, you can contact Flying Doctor Speech Therapy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org