Aged care service is top quality

COFFS Harbour Health Campus speech pathologist Melissa Parish has been congratulated for winning a North Coast Area Health Service Quality Health Award.

Ms Parish won the category ‘building partnerships for health’ for her entry ‘Swallowing Speech Pathology in Residential Aged Care’.

Her work in the establishment of an outreach speech pathology service to residential aged care facilities has been highly commended.

The program was developed in response to improving the health and wellbeing of ‘at risk’ residents with dysphagia (swallowing impairment) and communication impairment in aged care homes.

It has also meant substantial benefits in creating better patient journeys, as residents are now able to stay in their residence to access speech pathology services.

“The range and quality of these projects indicates the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) involvement with the community’s health care needs at every level,” health service chief executive Chris Crawford said.

Award runner-up was Dianne Penberthy, health promotion coordinator for the Rural Primary Health Services Program in Macksville for the Rural Health Outreach Project.



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