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Victoria Beehre (formerly Bigge)

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology
  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • PROMPT trained
  • Hanen Certified Clinician – It Takes Two to Talk
  • Key Word Sign Presenter trained 
  • PODD trained
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Victoria graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006 and has worked in a variety of settings working with children with complex communication difficulties including autism and children with physical disabilities.

Victoria has spent a year overseas in Dublin, Ireland working with children with autism. Victoria has also spent time working with adults with acute swallow and communication difficulties at Redcliffe and Robina Hospitals.

Two years spent in Adelaide working with children with physical disabilities has developed a passion for working in the area of alternative and augmentative forms of communication. With the advances in technology in this area Victoria is very excited and inspired to be working with individuals with complex communication needs. Since joining the team at the Mater, Victoria has also worked in the areas of cleft palate and paediatric feeding.

 

Sally Clarke (currently on leave)

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology)

  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia

  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

  • Member and Presenter, Paediatric Dysphagia Interest Group

Sally is an experienced speech pathologist who has worked for the last 12 years in a variety of paediatric settings including hospital, community health, education (primary, secondary and special school) as well as private practice. Sally has also spent time as a student and clinical educator in Vietnam, working in an orphanage for children with disabilities.

Throughout her career Sally has developed specialised interest and expertise in assessment and management of infants and children with feeding and swallowing difficulties including infants with a range of medical conditions, fussy eaters and children with specific diagnosis (including Down Syndrome and Autism). She has presented at conferences and workshops on the topics of feeding and communication difficulties in preterm and high risk infants.

Sally is passionate about providing children and their families with support in managing eating and communication difficulties.

 

 

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  • Bachelor of Speech Therapy
  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • Hanen Certified–It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words
  • Talkability
  • Prompt trained
  • Trained Facilitator – Secret Agent Society Social Skills Training

Mary-Kim graduated from the University of Queensland in 1979 and has worked across a number of health environments.

After graduating Mary-Kim established a new service in rural New South Wales and has since worked in community based services for Queensland Health at Redcliffe, Woodridge and Inala.

Mary-Kim joined Mater in 1992 and has worked primarily in the fields of autism assessment and intervention and developmental speech and language disorders. She is currently Speech Pathology Team Leader and works in the Autism and Related Disorders Clinic.

 

Amanda Lyons

  • Bachelor of Speech Therapy
  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • Hanen Certified Clinician – It Takes Two to Talk, TargetWord
  • Trained in the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention for Children
  • Trainee, The Michael Palin Centre, London - June 2013 (treatment of stuttering)
  • Trained in treatment of children who stutter, The Michael Palin Centre, London - July 2014

Amanda graduated from the University of Queensland in 1976, and since then has worked in a variety of settings, with both children and adults.

She was employed at Mater Hospital Brisbane from 1980 until 1996, providing therapy services to both inpatients and outpatients, in the areas of fluency, swallowing, rehabilitation, voice and hearing loss.

From 1998 to 2008 Amanda worked at a Community Health Centre in regional New South Wales, providing therapy services to children presenting with impaired speech and language development. From 2001 until 2008, Amanda was also employed as a consultant clinician to a support class for children with specific language impairment, enrolled in a mainstream school.

Amanda has also completed training in the provision of Hanen Centre programs to the families of children with delayed language.

Amanda currently works with children, adolescents and adults, providing services in both public and private sectors. Her special area of interest is the treatment of stuttering across the age range.

Amanda has always wanted to be a Speech Pathologist—she herself received therapy as a young child.

 

Julia Matthews

  • Bachelor of Speech Therapy
  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia

Julia graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 and has since worked in a variety of settings, with both children and adults. Julia has specialised interest and expertise in the management of adult neurological speech, language and swallowing problems.

Julia has experience working in acute hospital, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes and domiciliary settings. As a new graduate, she was employed at Prince Charles Hospital from 1985-1989. It was here that she developed her interest in treating adult communication problems. She worked at Princess Alexandra Hospital from 1990-1992 where she developed an interest in complex cognitive language problems associated with head injury.

Julia has also enjoyed working in domiciliary rehabilitation with DART (Domiciliary Allied Health and Rehabilitation Team – Mater Health Services) which provides assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing problems for those living at home. She has always enjoyed working as part of a multidisciplinary team whereby common goals are set with clients enabling them to reach their rehabilitation potential.

More recently Julia has combined her work as a part time private practitioner with her employment through Mater Health Services as part of the Mater Private Rehabilitation team.

Julia is passionate about her work. She feels privileged to be invited to help people who experience difficulty communicating. She is excited by the service model provided through Mater Health and Wellness and sees it as a perfect opportunity to provide expert assessment and treatment to those who need assistance with communication, voice, swallowing and literacy difficulties.

 

 

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  • Bachelor of Speech Therapy (Hons)- 1976, University of Queensland
  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia

Janet has elected to work with adults with communication impairment throughout her career.

She has specialized in neurological communication impairments, such as aphasia and dysarthria of speech and in high-level cognitive communication impairments, as a result of stroke, head injury, brain tumour and other causes.

 Janet has worked in the early hospital setting but has mostly focussed on the rehabilitation phase of recovery. She is well-versed in working within a neuropsychological framework and also with other allied health therapists as part of a team approach to rehabilitation.

Janet works with adults with severe/ profound congenital and acquired hearing impairment, as part of the Mater Cochlear Implant Team. She is involved in the assessment and treatment of speech, language and communication difficulties. She has been a strong advocate for the ‘Living with Hearing Loss’ group, which assists cochlear implantees and their loved ones to cope with ongoing hearing-related communication challenges.

Janet has also worked with adults and adolescents who stutter as part of the Mater Fluency Team.

Janet is aware that communication problems can impact on relationships, on families and on personal and social adjustment.

Janet strongly believes in enabling her clients to reach their potential for a better quality of life and to find purpose and readjust to the reality of life, together with their families, after a life-altering health event or condition.

 

 

Andrea Whitehead (currently on leave)

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (First Class Honours)
  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Andrea graduated from the University of Queensland in 2007, and since that time has worked in a hospital setting specialising in adult speech pathology.

She has worked across a variety of clinical areas, including neurological rehabilitation, general medicine, cardio-thoracic medicine and surgery, thoracic and general oncology, palliative care, modified barium swallow, and intensive care.

She has presented at conferences and workshops on the topics of swallowing disorders in palliative care, intensive care, and respiratory medicine; education programmes for patients with acquired language impairments; and paradoxical vocal cord movement (PVCM) and chronic cough.

Throughout her career, Andrea has developed a specialist interest and expertise in the management of patients with acquired swallowing disorders, as well as in the assessment and management of patients with PVCM and chronic cough. Furthermore, Andrea is passionate about optimising the quality of life and ability to communicate of patients with neurological disease such as Parkinson's disease.

 

Victoria Sandham

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (First Class Honours)
  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • Hanen Certified Clinician – It takes two to talk

Victoria graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 and since then has developed her clinical skills in paediatric and adult speech pathology.

Through her work as a private practitioner, Victoria has treated children with developmental speech/language delays and children with complex communication difficulties. In addition to her speech pathology experience, Victoria has worked in assistive roles in disability care, child care and school settings.

Victoria also has experience in the treatment of acquired swallowing and communication disorders in adults. Since graduating, she has worked in both acute and rehabilitation settings, and has developed a particular interest for adults with acquired neurological impairment.

Victoria is passionate about translating the best available evidence into the clinical context, to deliver family-centred therapy.

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