A SHORTAGE of speech therapists in the south-west has motivated the expansion of speech pathology services at Timboon.
Speech pathology will now be offered a minimum of six days a fortnight from the end of January at Timboon and District Healthcare Service (TDHS), increasing from three days a fortnight.
TDHS services director Charmane Hill said she was pleased to announce speech pathologist Holly Rentsch had been secured to deliver the extended service.
“It is wonderful news for the residents of this region that we are able to announce this extended service,” Ms Hill said.
“Being able to communicate effectively is essential at all ages and stages of life so we are very pleased to have Holly on board to be able to offer a range of interventions, from one-on-one appointments to group sessions.”
Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, swallowing, fluency and voice.
Early intervention for young children with speech difficulties is highly recommended, as the ability to communicate effectively is vital to learning, development and social adjustment.
The new service will focus on helping preschool children, along with adults in areas such as stroke rehabilitation.
Appointments can be made by calling 5558 6000, with no referral necessary.