AGED CARE & COMMUNITY SPEECH PATHOLOGY | LOQUI SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS SERVICE AGED CARE FACILITIES THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA

Our Team

The Loqui Speech Pathology Team currently consist of speech pathologists with extensive experience working in aged care. The team members meet regularly and have developed practice guidelines to provide a service that is consistent across staff and sites. The team regularly discuss and peer review their clinical services to ensure they are in accordance with prescribed professional and ethical standards. All team members are Practising Members of Speech Pathology Australia, hold current National Police Checks and are covered by Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.

Meet some of the Loqui Team

Bernadette Dutton

Bachelor of Speech Pathology.
Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Member of Australian Aphasia Association.

Bernadette has more than 24 years’ experience working in both hospital and community settings and has more than 15 years’ experience servicing aged care facilities. Bernadette is a highly competent speech pathologist, with excellent communication skills and she enjoys working with many aged care providers and clients with voice, swallowing and communication issues. Bernadette has a high level of experience working in the areas of aged care, head and neck cancer, voice, degenerative neurological disorders, and spinal and tracheostomy management. She has extensive experience in complex dysphagia management and palliative care. Bernadette is a clinical educator for The University of Queensland and Australian Catholic University speech pathology student voice clinics. She is also a guest lecturer at the University of Queensland to students on ethical issues in private practice and augmentative communication. Bernadette is a certified practitioner of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) technique for the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease and is regularly involved in quality improvement projects. She advocates for her clients to be able to eat and drink safely and communicate to the best of their ability. When given the chance, Bernadette will head out on her bike, go to the beach with her family or catch up with friends over dinner.

Ashley Cameron

Master of Speech Pathology.
Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (Hons 1).
Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Ashley is passionate about speech pathology in aged care with a strong focus on the holistic management of people requiring speech pathology in residential facilities. Ashley is currently undertaking her PhD studying “The impact and effectiveness of communication partner training, delivered face-to-face and via telerehabilitation with health practitioners and people with aphasia.” Ashley has co-authored journal articles for medical journals and presented at national and international conferences on acquired language disorders. She has a strong evidence-based approach to speech pathology intervention and has extensive experience in facilitating research and quality improvement projects including communication partnership training and dysphagia education.

Aynslee Davissen

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons 1). Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Aynslee is a diligent and enthusiastic speech pathologist. She enjoys working with adults with communication and swallowing disorders with a strong focus on evidence-based practice. She strives to maximise client’s quality of life in the aged care facility. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients, their families, facility and other care professionals to maximise every client’s communication and swallowing potential. Aynslee is competent in the assessment, diagnosis and management of communication and swallowing disorders. She is passionate about dysphagia management and therapy in aged care. She provides education and training to all staff on a variety of speech pathology topics in aged care. Aynslee has enhanced skills in high and low-tech alternative and augmentative communication systems including the Picture Exchange Communication System, Proloquo2go and Aided Language Stimulation. She is a critical thinker and is highly organised.

Laura Blasdale

Master of Speech and Language Pathology. Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Science. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Laura has a passion for supporting adults and elderly members of our community through positive communication, safe and enjoyable mealtimes and family engagement. She believes in using a combination of both evidence based practice and a strong focus on quality of life to support fun and active engagement in everyday activities.Laura believes in working closely with clients’ families and friends to facilitate positive outcomes for clients. In residential aged care facilities, this also involves including staff from all areas – from kitchen to nursing staff, laundry, and lifestyle therapists: everyone has a role in supporting elderly members of our society to live well. She is passionate about ensuring clients have enjoyable mealtime experiences, regardless of whether their diet includes modified texture food or drinks. Laura is also driven to facilitate positive end of life care, ensuring the ‘sunset’ period of a person’s life is as enjoyable as possible. In addition to aged care, Laura has worked in the disability sector, supporting clients with a range or physical and/or intellectual disabilities. She is a certified Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) clinician, adept in providing voice therapy for people with Parkinson’s Disease. In her spare time, Laura loves to do what she supports others to do – have a chat with family and friends over a coffee or delicious meal!

Angela Ruffilli

Masters of  Speech Pathology. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Angela graduated with a Masters of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland after completing her Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Linguistics and Psychology in Canada. Angela has clinical experience in working with adult populations with various diagnoses in a number of settings but has chosen to focus and build her clinical skills within aged care. She is qualified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) technique for the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease. Angela is very passionate about a speech pathologist’s role in palliative care. She thoroughly enjoys providing tailored education on the topics of dysphagia, the impact of sensory losses on communication and swallowing, and acquired communication difficulties. Angela is skilled at tailoring management plans to meet the client and family goals and ensuring quality of life is maintained when delivering therapy. Angela is a proud advocate for her clients and understands the importance of including clients, families and carers in her practice. Angela is committed to ongoing professional development and is a member of a number of special interest groups and social media platforms to assist her in providing evidence based practice to the highest standard. Angela is a self-described people person and dedicates her spare time chitchatting with friends over food and drink or escaping to the coast for lazy beach days.

Anne Huang

Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Anne is passionate about providing holistic, patient-centred and evidence-based speech pathology services in aged care residential facilities. She enjoys working with adults with communication and swallowing disorders. Her assessment, diagnosis and management of communication and swallowing disorders aims to maximise every client’s quality of life and potential in the aged care facilities. Anne is currently undertaking her PhD studying “The inter-professional practice between speech pathologists and interpreters working with bilingual and/or culturally and linguistically diverse adults with acquired communication disorders”. She aims to conduct high quality research to add to the knowledge base of the speech pathology field. Anne is also the co-leader of the Advocacy and Standards Portfolio on the Speech Pathology Australia Queensland Branch. She is enthusiastic and passionate about advocating for her clients as well as the speech pathology profession. Anne enjoys being a speech pathologist as she is able help people participate in their activities of daily living by facilitating two of the most fundamental areas of our lives: communication and swallowing. Anne enjoys spending time with her cat Barney but also enjoys leaving Barney behind (in good hands) to go exploring and travelling.

Sophie Rayner

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons). Deans Commendations for Academic Excellence Award Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Sophie provides holistic, high quality, evidence-based speech, swallowing and language intervention to her clients. She is particularly passionate about improving the meal-time experience for people living in aged care with swallowing difficulties. When on site she will work together with the client, their family, and the facility staff to maximise the client’s swallow safety and meal-time experience. Sophie advocates communication as a basic human right and essential for every day interactions to convey meaning, express needs, wants and opinions. She enjoys working with clients in striving to improve their speech and language. She is able to support people with all degrees of aphasia and motor speech disorders for ongoing speech therapy in their home, the clinic or via telehealth to maximise their communication. Sophie works with clients to ensure they have the most optimal way to communicate to the best of their abilities and is able to support the use of low and high tech augmentative communication aids  (AAC). Sophie loves catching up with friends and family, and exploring many of South East Queensland’s beautiful bush walks. Quiz her about sport, as she is up to date with many codes particularly Rugby, AFL and Netball.

Sarah Scott

Masters of Speech Pathology. Bachelor of Business (Marketing). Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Sarah graduated with a Masters of Speech Pathology Studies from the University of Queensland after completing Bachelor of Business (Marketing). Sarah has more than 10 years of experience working in hospital, community and clinical education settings. Sarah is a very competent speech pathologist and enjoys working with adults to improve their quality of life. Sarah has a high level of experience working in rehabilitation, slow stream rehabilitation, aged care, voice, fluency, head and neck cancer and progressive neurological disorders. She has extensive experience in dysphagia, dyspraxia and aphasia management. Sarah also has extensive experience as a clinical educator and managing student clinics in aged care, fluency, dysphagia, rehabilitation and fluency. Sarah is also a certified practitioner of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) technique for people with Parkinson’s Disease, is PROMPT trained for treating dyspraxia, and trained in the Camperdown Program for treating stuttering. Sarah is a dedicated mother of two small children and spends her spare time at the park, swimming or ballet lessons. She also loves good food and wine with family and friends and makes time for Pilates.

Julie Allard

Master of Speech Pathology. Bachelor of Business (International Business and Economics). Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Julie is passionate about making a difference to the clients she visits in the home. She finds home visiting an extremely rewarding area of speech pathology practice. Julie enjoys helping people work towards their own personal swallowing and or communication goals and makes therapy practical and relevant to their individual lives. She has experience supporting people in the palliative stage of their lives and maximising quality of life for these clients. Julie works in the tertiary hospital and community setting. She understands the importance of working collaboratively with hospital and community services to ensure accurate information is shared between each client’s GP, Specialist/s, Allied Health professionals and/ or home care provider. Julie loves being active in the outdoors, and when given the chance will take advantage of what the Redcliffe Peninsula has to offer either by foot or on her bike.

Donna Guscott

Officer Manager

Donna keeps each Loqui Speech Pathologist well organised and supported so they can deliver great speech pathology to their clients. She ensures referrers, clients and their families can easily access a Loqui speech pathologist and quickly get started to improve their speech, language, voice and/ or swallowing. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Loqui and ensures all compliance, IT processes and administration tasks are up to date. Donna is a woman of many talents, including dress designing for a theatre company. She is an active mum, supporting her husband and 3 children, including twin boys. Donna loves knowing she is working for an organisation that genuinely strives to improve the lives of the clients it supports.

Sue Keagan 

Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Central Coast NSW

Melinda Bow

Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Townsville

Julette Kentish

Dietitian

Brisbane

Helen Wallace

Speech Pathologist

Brisbane

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • Ageing and Aged Care Speech Pathology Australia
  • Private Practice Allied Health in Palliative Care
  • Australia Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education
  • Australian Aphasia Association

MEMBERSHIP OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY AUSTRALIA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

  • Head and Neck Cancer – Speech Pathology Google Group.
  • Early onset Dementias
  • Speech Pathology email chats (SPECS)
  • Voice Special Interest Google Group
  • Psycholinguistics in Practice (PIPSIG)
  • Dysphagia Special Interest Group