A PARTNERSHIP between four Bendigo organisations is helping children’s communication development.
Speech Pathology services from Bendigo Health, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the City of Greater Bendigo’s Maternal and Child Health Service and speech pathology academic staff and students from the La Trobe Rural Health School this week celebrated the Talking Matters Bendigo drop-in clinics.
More than 100 families have attended the clinics since last October.
The clinic is a place where families discuss their child’s communication concerns without having a referral or a prearranged appointment.
Bendigo Health deputy chief speech pathologist Diana Antoniazzi said the clinic helped families to easily access speech and language advice early and supported better literacy and academic outcomes for Bendigo children.
“Partnering with agencies and other local services has enabled the sharing of ideas and resources, resulting in a positive project for families in the Bendigo community,” she said.