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. Member of Australian Voice 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.

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.

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.

Natalie O’Brien

Bachelor of Speech Pathology Member of Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

From the aged of 14, Natalie knew she wanted to be a Speech Pathologist. She is passionate about providing evidence based speech pathology assessment and intervention for adults with communication and swallowing issues resulting from neurological, medical issues and intellectual disability. Her ‘never give up’ mindset has improved the lives and communication participation of those she supports. Natalie strives to empower clients and those who support them by going ‘above and beyond’ to share knowledge and listen to individual needs and goals. Natalie has extensive leadership and advocacy experience on a National level at Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). She is a former member of the Board of Directors (Council) of SPA, consulted on several of the Associations’ past National Strategic Plans, was on the SPA National Conference planning committee in 2016 and was SPA’s National Representative of the National Rehab Alliance for 2 years. Natalie is a Clinical Educator for Curtin University students – imparting her wealth of knowledge and supporting students to provide exceptional speech pathology assessment and intervention to clients living in the community and aged care facilities. Natalie is highly experienced in the Montessori approach in aged care and facilitates communication and musical reminiscence groups. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Western Australia Dementia Training Study Centre and is leading the way in empowering communication engagement for everyone. Natalie’s zest for life and mission to improve the lives of those she supports is infectious. Her career has taken her from beautiful Tasmania to County Wicklow in Ireland and now settling in Perth with her family. Natalie has a wonderful husband and three beautiful, small children who she loves spending time with, including on family bike rides, picnics and at the beach.  Her role as a parent has led to another important and much coveted title: Lego Master Builder.

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.

Deb Kolomeitz

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons). Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health). Certificate of Dental Therapy and Academic Upgrade. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Deb supports clients living in their home or in aged care facilities, providing comprehensive assessment and management of communication and swallowing disorders. She has a particular interest in aphasia and communication therapy and advocates for optimal client communication within daily communication needs. She brings to the Loqui team both experience as a Speech Pathologist and Oral Health Therapist. Deb has extensive experience working with clients from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and the provision of culturally sensitive health care. Deb’s extensive knowledge and understanding of oral health complements her speech pathology swallowing management. Together with Bernadette Dutton, Deb is collaboratively working with the University of Queensland’s Dental School and The Lantern Project Australia on an Oral Cares project to empower carers to deliver best practice oral hygiene in aged care. As part of the Loqui Team, Deb is increasing the profile, practical implementation and importance of oral health in aged care to minimise aspiration pneumonia and improve nutrition. On completion of her Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree, Deb was the University of Queensland’s Valedictorian for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has volunteered in the University of Queensland Aphasia and Tele Rehabilitation Clinics and is a part-time research assistant involved with aphasia at the University of Queensland. In her spare time, Deb devotes her time to family and friends. Involvement with her children’s cricket games is a frequent weekend activity for Deb, supporting her children’s love of the game. She also delights in camping in the great outdoors, sitting down with a good book or exploring the beautiful Redland City.

Clare Sloan

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

Clare has 20 years of speech pathology experience gained both domestically and internationally. Her holistic focus to therapy ensures optimum outcomes for clients and is reflective of her extensive experience with clients of all demographics aged 0-104 years. Clare enjoys supporting clients, families and carers to maximise swallowing, mealtime management, communication and quality of life outcomes. She designs effective therapy strategies and empowers others to support people with swallowing and communication issues. Clare’s community focus and “giving back mentality” has taken her to Guatamela and West Africa as a volunteer speech pathologist. Her varied roles included teaching primary school aged children and empowering mothers of children with intellectual disabilities to improve communicative effectiveness for their children. Clare designed and wrote proposals for marginalised and impoverished regions in The Gambia which successfully resulted in funding from The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation and the Canadian International Development Association Funding to implement required change in The Gambia. Clare enjoys travelling with her family and can often be found swimming in the croc free waters of Far North Queensland.

Ysabel Liley

Bachelor of Health Science. Master of Speech Pathology. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Ysabel is passionate about Speech Pathology where her support of clients allows her to have a direct and positive impact on people’s lives. Ysabel has a particular interest in communication impairments, augmentative and alternative communication, and disability supports for adults. Developing and supporting individualised and personalised goals for each client is her key motivation in speech therapy. Ysabel is proficient in the assessment, diagnosis, management and referral of dysphagia, aphasia, cognitive impairment and dysarthria. She enjoys working collaboratively with other allied health professionals, nursing staff and catering staff. She is skilled in the area of voice therapy for adults and children including transgender voice training. In addition, Ysabel is a team player with a strong volunteering focus, dedicating her time with the Australian Ski Patrol Association as a Ski Patroller in Tasmania and New South Wales as well as volunteering with the Royal Guide Dogs.

Elizabeth Savina

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

Elizabeth has advanced clinical skills in the assessment and diagnosis of voice disorders. Collaborating and contributing to National Voice Special Interest Groups. Together with Bernadette Dutton, she manages Brisbane Voice Clinic. She has particular interest in Chronic Refractory Cough, Vocal Cord Dysfunction/ Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement and voice therapy for professional voice users. She has worked in Queensland Hospitals as a senior ENT speech pathologists. Elizabeth conducts community choirs and is a skilled singer and musician, having a special interest in contemporary and folk styles. Elizabeth has undertaken extensive professional development in the area of voice with further training in Myofascial Release for Head and Neck conditions. She has presented and published in the area of Vocal Function Exercises, Semi-occluded Tract Exercises for Voice Therapy and Mirror Neurons in Vocal Pedagogy. In 2017, she was involved in the international research – ‘Sing To Beat Parkinson’s Project’ for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and ran the 24 week ‘Red Hot Chilli Parkies’ Singing Group. She is proficient in the use of Phonanium Acoustic Analysis Software and research standard recording equipment, for calibrated and precise acoustic measurements. In 2014 she was awarded Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Voice Association and in 2012 was certified as Voice Therapy Spectrum Clinical Provider (Multi-Voice Dimensions) and Figure Proficiency with Estill International.

Maddy Lingham

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

Maddy is highly motivated and dedicated to achieving superior client-centred outcomes for her clients. She has advanced skills in the assessment and management of swallowing, cognitive and communication disorders, within cross-cultural service delivery settings. Maddy thoroughly enjoys working with seniors and believes that listening and building rapport with clients is vital to therapy success. She believes in making her clients’ later years as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. She has a strong education/teaching focus supporting teams in aged care around mealtime management and texture modification, in addition to safe swallowing strategies for people with dysphagia. As a clinical educator, Maddy has supervised and mentored speech pathology Masters students in adult language, speech, swallowing and cognitive/ communication disorders. Maddy applies cultural awareness to her daily work practice, having supported many indigenous clients and their families in remote communities of Australia. Her communication style is adaptive when working with people of diverse backgrounds, consistently working towards best outcomes for her clients.  Having worked in many regional towns, Maddy displays strong initiative, is proactive and applies problem-solving skills in her practice. It can be hard to keep up with Maddy and her diverse talents. Maddy plays many musical instruments and teaches piano, as well as enjoying the physical exertion and teamwork of competitive netball.

Helga Humbert

Bachelor of Applied Science – Speech Pathology. Masters of Communication Disorders. Masters of General Linguistics. Bachelor of Arts. Postgraduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management. Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Helga brings to the Loqui team her passion for providing evidence based practice and person-centred Speech Pathology services. She enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge with others through facilitating education and workshops and ensures she continuous to develops her own skills as well. She facilitated a community workshop on auditory processing difficulties with Associate Professor Mridala Sharma from Macquarie University and has provided numerous in-services on the facilitation of safe swallowing, oral care, and maintenance of nutrition and hydration.
She aims to tailor her services to meet the individuals’ or organisations’ needs and capabilities, taking into account the bigger picture when providing services in residential aged care facilities.
Helga finds eternal entertainment in her mystery mix dog, landscaping, and drawing and relishes the beauty of the far south coast of NSW.  She speaks English Dutch & German and basic French and Spanish.

Anja Pekmez

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

Anja’s caring and professional approach to speech pathology ensures her clients receive the best care. She enjoys building strong links with care and catering teams by empowering them with skills and knowledge to improve the lives of people with swallowing and communication impairments. Anja has a particular interest in dysphagia diagnostics and treatment of people with complex swallowing issues including PEG and nil by mouth support. Anja has a strong multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to care, involving families and clients to improve their quality of life. Her experience includes the planning and delivery of aphasia groups and management of cognitive communication disorders. In addition, Anja has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant and can often be found at the local aquatic centre or cycling the beautiful hills of Adelaide.

Tiarnah Keely

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

Tiarnah supports our Townsville clients. She is keen to navigate therapy solutions and strategies that work best for each client she supports. She provides complete care and individualised planning focus to each of her clients when designing therapy. Tiarnah finds speech pathology in aged care very rewarding because she can enable seniors to engage in more meaningful communication exchanges and swallowing safety. This in turn, allows her senior clients to continue enjoying eating and drinking.  She is driven to provide best model of care for people whether they are living at home or in residential aged care homes. Tiarnah advocates for her clients with cognitive and/or communication difficulties to be involved in their decision making and strives to break down her clients’ communication difficulties. These difficulties may be with comprehension, speaking, reading and/or writing. Tiranah problem solves and works to find ways for clients to express their ideas, goals, preferences and aspirations, providing them with tools and strategies to communicate and participate in life decisions. Tiarnah enjoys being a speech pathologist. She thrives on helping people improve their eating, drinking and communication skills that are not only essential but give meaning to life.

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 Applied Science (Speech Pathology). Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Sue brings her extensive speech pathology experience from more than 20 years of practice to the Loqui team. She strives to ensure that her client’s optimum care needs are met. She advocates for safe enjoyable eating and drinking, while balancing individual care needs and wishes.Sue is passionate about ensuring people living in rural and regional areas have access to quality speech pathology, complementing the Telehealth practice. She has a person-centered approach to therapy and brings quality speech pathology practice to clients with mobile speech pathology services into residential aged care facilities. In her spare time, Sue enjoys walking, swimming and kayaking in the majestic areas of NSW Mid North Coast.

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