Date - 29 October 2019
SQRH, in collaboration with the University of Queensland Health and Rehabilitation Science, the University of Southern Queensland and School of Distance Education, delivered a specialised speech pathology clinic at the USQ Psychology Clinic in July.
The intensive Phonological Awareness for Literary (PAL) clinic involves UQ Speech Pathology students conducting the clinic with supervision from SQRH and UQ clinical educators. This was the first time UQ has delivered the student-led model outside of Brisbane.
Over four days during the June/July school holidays, seven children from the Charleville district gained invaluable reading and writing skills through various individual and group speech pathology treatment strategies.
A number of USQ Psychology students participated in the clinic as part of their rural placement learning opportunities, providing opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and consideration of future directions for the concept.
With feedback overwhelmingly positive, it was pleasing to see the collaborative efforts of UQ, USQ, the School of Distance Education and SQRH combining to bring specialised speech pathology services to remote children.
SQRH is looking at delivering PAL in Toowoomba and Charleville in 2020.