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Click on to a profession in one of the segments in the schematic below to see the services which may be provided by the selected health care professional to assist patients undergoing stroke recovery.

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Trigger points for a GP referral to a speech pathologist

  • Difficulties with speaking
  • Difficulties understanding what is being said
  • Slurred speech
  • Problems naming objects
  • Difficulty eating, drinking and swallowing; episodes of choking when eating
  • Reading and writing difficulties
  • Difficulties planning or solving problems
  • Impaired memory
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty understanding and/or using body language and gesture

Trigger points for a speech pathologist referral to a GP

  • New symptoms
  • Worsening of symptoms

Potential treatment by a speech pathologist

  • Specialised therapy and advice to improve:
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing
  • Communication skills, including speech and understanding
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Cognitive skills, including memory and problem solving ability
  • Assessing an individual's need and suitability for an alternative form of communication, such as an electronic device
  • Support and education of families and carers