We provide a number of services to support adults living with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus and these are called our ASSIST services. ASSIST stands for Adult Services, Skills, Information and Support Team. Our objectives of the ASSIST service are to:
Assist adults with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus
Assist adults to develop the skills and confidence to maintain a quality lifestyle
To foster a meaningful sense of self and to contribute to a healthier and more integrated community
To provide flexible support that is responsive and respectful of human dignity and worth
The eligibility for our ASSIST services is:
Any adult whose primary medical condition is Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus, and who lives in Queensland.
Referral to ASSIST can be made by anyone, however consent by the person with SBH is required.
Registration with SBH ASSIST and Department of Communities is required.
Individual Response Service
ASSIST can provide short term support, information and referral. Services available include, counselling, advocacy, equipment prescription, home modifications, support with employment and community access. We also provide these services via email and telephone to those living outside South East Queensland. Our support staff do their best to link those living in rural and remote areas to local community support services.
Adults living with Spina Bifida and or hydrocephalus are eligible to take part in our GOALS program. GOALS stands for Growth Opportunity Access and Life Skills.
GOALS consists of three programs per year focused on increasing skills, knowledge and confidence in different areas of daily life. Each program offers a four day intensive workshop and individual follow up in the participant’s home or their local environment for up to 12 months. Within the GOALS program, there are different program structures to suit individual needs. These include:
The Retreat Program, which focuses on communication, personality, self-awareness, self-esteem, positive thought and positive action, goals and choices and dreaming.
The Women’s Program, which focuses on women’s health, safety, relationships, pregnancy and motherhood.
The Men’s Program, which focuses on men’s health, anger management and difficult emotions, stress, sex and relationships.
The Between 2 Worlds Program, which focuses on social perceptions and values, relationships and sex, grief and loss, anxiety, depression and coping being caught between ‘disabled’ and ‘abled’ words.
Adults Speech Pathology Service
SBH Queensland is now able to offer a variety of Speech Pathology services to our amazing adult clients. Speech Pathologists can help with many areas across communication and swallowing. Some of these areas include:
How speech sounds are made
How your speech sounds to your communication partners
How you use your language, including how you put your words together to make sentences
How you use social skills and interactions, including strategies that may help with a smoother transition into the work force
Ensuring you are eating and drinking in a safe way and working with the Speech Pathologist to make changes if necessary
The Speech Pathology team are excited about meeting more of our adult clients and have made a quick and easy screener to help highlight possible areas of need.
Please take a look at the Speech Pathology Screener, complete it and someone will be in contact shortly.
As part of our service, we provide a number of community events and platforms for communication, discussion and interaction. These include our Facebook page, a series of local lunches in the community each year and an annual Christmas Party as well as encouraging attendance at our fundraising events.
To learn more about our services or to enquire about them, please click here.