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Three staff from Logan Hospital’s Speech Pathology team have been awarded QHSPAC Excellence Awards for 2018.
Rachael Lovaszy (Service Delivery and Clinical Education), Blaise Hamlet (Service Delivery) and Maria Schwarz (Research/ Knowledge Translation) took home the awards, presented at the QHSPAC Forum last month.
This award was for a service delivery model jointly with ED nurses and the stroke Clinical Nurse to improve screening of swallow difficulties of patients admitted with stroke. The clinical education award recognised the delivery of a quality improvement project involving a four student clinic that was also recognised at a statewide clinical education forum.
I won the award for the implementation of a new group therapy service delivery model in the rehabilitation ward for aphasia patients. I presented a poster on the model at the Smart Stroke Conference in August and I will also be speaking on it at the Aphasiology Conference in November. We run two groups with six patients in each group which help meet our therapy intensity recommendations.
My research examines what speech pathologists are routinely doing to manage complex feeding decisions, such as patients who were non-compliant with recommendations. Having a more standardised approach to complex feeding decisions will hopefully allow speech pathologists to make faster and more patient centred decisions about complex feeding decisions, particularly with non-compliant patients, patient’s with dementia and patient’s with a life limiting illness.
Featured: Rachael Lovaszy, Maria Schwarz and Blaise Hamlet