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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050
 
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Speech Pathology

Our Research

The Speech Pathology departments across the SLHD manage patients with swallowing and communication impairments. Our research is aimed at improving the outcomes of these patients and adding to the evidence base of Speech Pathology.

Currently research is being conducted in the clinical areas of Severe Burn Injury, Tracheostomy, Critical Care, Head and Neck Cancer, Clinical Education, Aged Care, Palliative Care and Aphasia post Stroke.

The Speech Pathology Departments across the SLHD continue to demonstrate their commitment to research over the 2016 period with the award of 2 PhD's, 9 publications in peer reviewed journals, 12 presentations at national and international conferences and 2 grants.

Key Achievements

  • Nicola Clayton awarded PhD (University of Queensland): 'Dysphagia and orofacial contracture management in patients with severe thermal burn injury to the head and neck: enhancing the evidence base and defining outcomes'
  • Amy Freeman-Sanderson awarded PhD (University of Sydney): 'Healthcare of voiceless patients: Speech Pathology intervention for tracheostomy patients in Intensive Care'
  • Mary Woodward awarded Diploma in Mental Health (through Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • 9 publications in peer reviewed international journals
  • 10 oral presentations at state, national and international conferences
  • 2 poster presentations at state, national and international conferences

Awards/Medals

'Winning Allied Health Forum paper' - Nicola Clayton - Australian and New Zealand Burns Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2016


Research Staff

  • Dr Nicola Clayton - Clinical Specialist Speech Pathologist in Dysphagia and Burn Injury, Concord Repatriation General Hospital
  • Dr Amy Freeman-Sanderson - HOD & Senior Speech Pathologist in Critical Care, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Katrina Blyth - Senior Speech Pathologist in Cancer Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Clayton, N. A., Ward, E. C., & Maitz, P. K. M. (In press) Intensive Swallowing and orofacial contracture rehabilitation after severe burn injury: a pilot study and literature review. Burns.
  2. Clayton, N. A., Ellul, G., Ward, E. C., Scott, A., & Maitz, P. K. M. (In press) Orofacial contracture management: current patterns of clinical practice in Australian and New Zealand adult burn units. Journal of Burn Care & Research
  3. Rumbach, A. F., Clayton, N. A., Muller, M. J., & Maitz, P. K. M. (2016) The speech-language pathologist's role in multidisciplinary burn care: An international perspective. Burns, 42, 863-871.
  4. Brassel, S., Kenny, B., Power, E., Elbourn, E., McDonald, S., Tate, R., . . . Togher, L. (2016). Conversational topics discussed by individuals with severe traumatic brain injury and their communication partners during sub-acute recovery. Brain Injury, 30(11), 1329-1342.
  5. Snow, P. C., & Woodward, M. N. (Early online). Intervening to address communication difficulties in incarcerated youth: A Phase 1 clinical trial. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2016, DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2016.1216600
  6. Freeman-Sanderson, A., Togher, L., Elkins, M., & Phipps, P. (2016). Return of voice for ventilated tracheostomy patients in ICU: A randomized controlled trial of early-targeted intervention. Critical Care Medicine.
  7. Freeman-Sanderson, A., Togher, L., Elkins, M., & Phipps, P. (2016). Quality of life improves with return of voice in tracheostomy patients in intensive care: an observational study. Journal of Critical Care.
  8. Blyth, K.M., P. McCabe, C. Madill, and K.J. Ballard, Ultrasound visual feedback in articulation therapy following partial glossectomy. J Commun Disord, 2016. 61: 1-15.
  9. Blyth, K.M., P. McCabe, C. Madill, and K.J. Ballard, Ultrasound in Dysphagia Rehabilitation: A Novel Approach Following Partial Glossectomy. Disability and Rehabilitation, In-Press.

Presentations:

National and International:

  1. Clayton, N. A., Ward, E. C., Maitz, P. K. M. Intensive Swallowing and orofacial contracture rehabilitation after severe burn injury: a pilot study. (Oral presentation). Australian and New Zealand Burns Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2016.
  2. Clayton, N. A., Ward, E. C., Maitz, P. K. M. Intensive Swallowing and orofacial contracture rehabilitation after severe burn injury: a pilot study. (Poster presentation). Dysphagia Research Society 2016.
  3. O'Carrigan, L., Clayton, N. A., Chan, M., Jenkins, C. Persistence pays off: Innovative methods to facilitate successful tracheostomy weaning and swallow rehabilitation. (Oral presentation). Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2016.
  4. O'Carrigan, L., Clayton, N. A., Chan, M., Jenkins, C. Persistence pays off: Innovative methods to facilitate successful tracheostomy weaning and swallow rehabilitation. (Oral presentation). Critical Care Conference in the Vineyards 2016.
  5. Taylor, P., Martin, O., Ryan, H., Wagner, L., Madelaine, C and Lamond, J. 'Clearing the path for stroke patients' - a review of the Speech Pathology Aphasia pathway across Sydney LHD' (poster presentation) Smart Strokes National Conference, 2016.
  6. Wagner, L. Is a facial droop or slurred speech in isolation a reliable indicator of dysphagia in acute setting patients?(poster presentation plus 5 minute oral presentation) Smart Strokes National Conference, 2016
  7. Woodward, M.: Making Sense of the Madness: The Role of Speech Pathology with Clients with Mental Health Disorders. (Oral presentation via webinar) CQ University, QLD, March 2016
  8. Woodward, M. Witness Intermediaries in England and Wales - Who, What, Where, When, Why and How?' (Oral presentation). Joint Investigation Response Team Senior Health Clinicians' Forum, Sydney, May 2016
  9. Woodward, M., Snow, P. We Need to Talk: Speech Pathology in Youth Justice Settings, oral presentation, 2nd Australasian Youth Justice Conference, Brisbane, September 2016 (RCSLT minor grant awarded)
  10. Woodward, M. (as expert panel member): Dealing with witnesses and clients who are non-native speakers of English and other vulnerable people. Criminal Lawyers Association WA CPD conference, Perth, May 2016
  11. Kedge, S., McCann, C., Woodward, M. Intermediary or Communication Assistant roles for witnesses and defendants: Specialised communication support for vulnerable participants. (Oral presentation) The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia, Perth, May 2016
  12. Freeman-Sanderson, A. 'Communication & Speech: What is new?', ICU Physiotherapy & Multidisciplinary Symposium 2016, ICU and Recovery: Team work and team challenges, Melbourne VIC 2016. District:

District:

  1. Harrold, B., Whitney, S., Blazquez, K., Taylor, P., Green, E., Roseby, A., David, K. To feed or not to feed? The development and implementation of a risk feeding management plan in acute aged care. Sydney Local Health District Innovation and Research Symposium 2016.
  2. Freeman-Sanderson, A. 'Loss of voice in mechanically ventilated tracheostomy patients: the patient experience', Sydney Local Health District Innovation and Research Symposium 2016.
  3. Taylor, P., Martin, O., Ryan, H., Wagner, L., Madelaine, C and Lamond, J. 'Clearing the path for stroke patients' - a review of the Speech Pathology Aphasia pathway across Sydney LHD' (oral presentation) Balmain Hospital Symposium, 2016

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Helen Ryan and Amy Freeman-Sanderson

Department/Unit: Speech Pathology
Address:
Concord Hospital and RPA Hospital
Concord and Camperdown NSW
Telephone: (02) 9767 5133 (CRGH) and (02) 9515 9845 (RPAH)
Facsimile: (02) 9767 6991 (CRGH) and (02) 9515 6133 (RPAH)
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: nicola.clayton@health.nsw.gov.au