May 21
Speech Pathologists in Bathurst up their skills

​Speech Pathologists at Bathurst Hospital will benefit from training aimed at improving their skills while working with children.

Sydney-based Speech Pathologist, David Fitzsimons who hails from the Cleft Palate Clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead will visit Bathurst to provide training focussed on managing speech and communication issues experienced by children. 

Acting Speech Pathology Manager at Bathurst Hospital, Emma Davies said she was excited to welcome David to Bathurst.

“Providing regular training and support to our staff is an essential part of ensuring they are up to date with industry best practice," Emma said. 

“We are glad to welcome Mr Fitzsimons from Sydney so he can share his knowledge with our staff, ensuring local Speech Pathologists receive ongoing professional development, supporting contemporary speech pathology practice in Bathurst." 

“Mr Fitzsimons will talk to local Speech Pathologists about the assessment and management of speech and communication issues for children with a history of cleft palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency, a term used to describe disorders which result in the leakage of air into the nasal passages during speech." 

“Speech Pathologists in Bathurst work with children to develop their communication skills, so the training is very relevant to their day-to-day work."

There are six Speech Pathologists in various roles at Bathurst Community Health. Speech Pathologists working in other services at Bathurst as well as Speech Pathologists travelling from other towns in the Local Health District will also be involved in the training. 

David Fitzsimons is a specialist Speech Pathologist and has worked at the Cleft Palate Clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead for more than 20 years. David works exclusively with children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate and other related conditions.