Sixty children in western New South Wales are mid way through a speech therapy program.
Royal Far West and the Western Medicare Local are behind the ‘Come n See’ program in pre schools and primary schools in Gilgandra, Narromine, Trangie, Nyngan and Gulargambone.
Shellie Burgess from Medicare Local says the program, which will conclude at the end of the month, sees speech pathologists work with the schools to conduct regular therapy sessions.
“The Royal Far West speech pathologists work closely with the schools and pre schools to then provide ongoing sessions with each of the participants,” she said.
“That can either be done individually or within a group setting and often they use possibly telehealth or some remote internet based interfaces to conduct those therapy sessions.”
She says the Western Medicare Local is looking at how it can improve speech pathology services to a number of communities on the back of the program.
She says it plans to arrange for speech pathologists to continue visiting the towns, beyond the 10-week program.
“They travel out to the various communities that don’t have a service or have particular needs or gaps in the services that are in those towns,” she said.
“They travel out there, work within the school and preschool setting, again assessing the children and then working in partnership with those schools to set up a therapy program.”