Who Are We?
The JCUHealth Speech Pathology Clinic aims to provide high-quality speech, language, literacy and swallowing services to its clients on a personalised basis.
The service is funded to provide Speech Pathology students the opportunity to observe, learn and develop their professional skills under the supervision of a qualified Speech Pathologist. As we actively support research related to the development of evidence‐based Speech Pathology practice, you may have the opportunity to participate in various research projects.
What Do We Offer?
We provide up to date methods for assessing and treating a variety of communication and swallowing disorders for clients of all ages. Communication and swallowing disorders may result from issues before or at the time of birth (for example cleft palate or cerebral palsy, may become evident as children develop (such as difficulties producing clear speech or stuttering) or may be acquired or develop later in life, for example, following a neurological event such as a stroke, or as part of an acquired neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease.
Communication problems include difficulties with:
- understanding what is being said to you
- expressing your needs and opinions
- following directions in school or at home
- using social communication skills to interact with family or friends
- correctly producing speech sounds (e.g. “tup” instead of cup)
- reading and spelling
We also provide:
- Assessment and therapy for alternative communication
- Assistance for people of any age wanting to alter their accent
How to Refer
The focus of the service is to support families who are NOT currently receiving regular speech pathology services from a speech pathologist in the community or school. We accept referrals directly from
- individuals and families; and
- a range of health and educational professionals, including: GPs, paediatricians, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, teachers, and guidance officers
- Child referral - JCU Speech Language Clinic Paediatric referral
- Adult referral - JCU Speech Language Clinic Adult
Go to the online referral form
Download the PDF form, complete electronically and save ready to print or email, or print and complete by pen. Forms can be submitted to JCUHealth reception by hand, mail, or email to [email protected] Please provide sufficient information to help us select the most appropriate approaches for your first visit. The cost of our service is $50 for an initial assessment and $30 subsequent appointments.
Speech Pathology Clinic Staff
Gareth graduated from JCU Speech Pathology in 2013. He worked for Queensland Health as a new graduate speech pathologist before returning to JCU to complete a law degree. He has worked in clinical education since 2015 and began lecturing in linguistics in 2019. He has a passion for helping students provide professional-standard speech pathology services to their clients. His favorite thing about being a clinical educator is having the opportunity to witness the growth and development of both students and clients.
Dr Jacqueline Lim
Dr Jacqueline Lim is a lecturer at James Cook University and has worked as a speech pathologist for more than 20 years in Australia and Canada. She has worked with children and adults with a range of speech, language and swallowing difficulties. She has a particular interest in working with children with childhood apraxia of speech, phonological disorders and literacy difficulties. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney and her current research interests include treatment in childhood apraxia of speech and service delivery in rural and remote locations.