About

Carly Veness

Carly Veness

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Carly Veness is a paediatric speech pathologist with postgraduate training in infant mental health. She has worked in a variety of public, private and not-for-profit settings in Melbourne in both clinical and research roles over the past 14 years. These include positions at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Northern Health, the Royal Women’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive & Special Care Unit, Alfred CYMHS, Vision Australia and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Carly has focused her private practice on the specific area of infant feeding and paediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties. She has particular experience working with children with reflux, allergy, and other gastrointestinal conditions, congenital heart disease, prematurity, growth faltering, vision impairment, developmental delay, tongue and lip tie, tube feeding and tube weaning. Carly also holds a volunteer support role for the Reflux Infants Support Association and is active in teaching, training and mentoring other speech pathologists and health professionals in paediatric feeding.

Nikki Collins

Nikki Collins

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Nikki Collins is a paediatric speech pathologist with a special focus on infant and paediatric feeding difficulties. Nikki completed her Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University in 2012. Nikki has worked in the private, public and educational sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Nikki has previously worked for Northern Health with babies in the Special Care Nursery, paediatric inpatient unit and outpatient clinics. Nikki gained experience with infants and children presenting with feeding difficulties as a result of reflux, congenital heart disease, chronic lung disease, prematurity, developmental delay, tube feeding and selective eating patterns.

Nikki recently returned from the United Kingdom where she worked in the public and educational settings with children with feeding, communication, speech and social communication difficulties. This included a busy feeding clinic where Nikki worked closely with children with medical and neurological conditions, developmental delay and disability, including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder. Nikki also has an interest in cleft palate, tongue tie and infant mental health. Nikki is committed to providing high quality care to children and families and to working closely with other health professionals to meet the needs of the child.

Joanne Tran

Joanne Tran

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Joanne Tran is a paediatric speech pathologist with a special interest in infant and paediatric feeding. Joanne completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Rehabilitation Counselling in 2013 and received her Masters of Speech Pathology in 2015 at the University of Melbourne. Joanne has both clinical and volunteer experience across the public and private sector. This includes a previous position at The Royal Children’s Hospital working with infants and children with developmental delay, food refusal, reflux, tube feeding and other feeding and swallowing concerns. Joanne also has a variety of experience in working with disorders of speech, language, fluency, literacy and autism spectrum disorder in children aged 0 – 19 years.

Joanne has volunteered at The Alfred Hospital in the ‘Mealtime Assistance Program’ and has conducted assessment for the ‘CPOL- Classroom Promotion of Oral Language’ – a research project run by the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital. Joanne currently volunteers for OIC – Cambodia Project which aims to increase awareness and speech pathology services to Cambodia. Joanne has a gentle, down-to-earth approach and enjoys working with parents to achieve the best possible outcomes for their children.

Publications
  • Veness, C., Prior, M., Eadie, P., Bavin, E. & Reilly, S. (2014). Predicting autism diagnosis by 7 years of age using parent report of infant social communication skills. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(9), 693-700.
  • Veness, C., Prior, M., Bavin, E., Eadie, P., Cini, E. & Reilly, S. (2012). Early indicators of autism spectrum disorders at 12 and 24 months of age: A prospective, longitudinal comparative study. Autism, 16(2), 163-177.
  • Goldfeld, S., Napiza, N., Quach, J., Veness, C., Reilly, S., Ukoumunne, O.C. & Wake, M. (2009). Let’s Read: A universal intervention to promote literacy in very young children. ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 11(2), 106-108.
  • Veness, C. & Reilly, S. (2008). Mealtime interaction patterns between young children with cerebral palsy and their mothers: Characteristics and relationship to feeding impairment. Child: Care, Health and Development, 34(6), 815-24.
Presentations & Workshops
  • Carly Veness & Rachel Tosh (2017). Paediatric Feeding Essentials 2 Day Workshop. Babble & Munch Speech Pathology and Therapy Alliance Group, Melbourne and Brisbane.
  • Carly Veness (2017). Infant Feeding Essentials Program. Small group workshops and training program, Babble & Munch Speech Pathology, Melbourne.
  • Carly Veness & Katherine Ong (2017). Tongue Tie & Feeding. Paediatric Interest Group for Speech Pathologists, Melbourne.
  • La Trobe University Advanced Seminars in Speech Pathology – Speech Pathologists in Neonatal Care Panel for final year Speech Pathology students, Melbourne, 2012-2017
  • Carly Veness (2016). Infant feeding: A speech pathology perspective. Bodywell Healthcare Infant Workshop for Osteopaths, Melbourne.
  • Carly Veness (2015). Childhood feeding problems in the mental health setting: A relationship-based approach. Alfred Child & Youth Mental Health Service one-day workshop for Speech Pathologists & Mental Health Clinicians, Melbourne.
  • Carly Veness, Ines Anchondo, Skye Van Zetten. (2014). The Division of Responsibility in the treatment of childhood feeding problems: Client, Clinician & Context. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Melbourne.
  • Carly Veness & Katherine Ong (2012). Nurturing the baby & the mother: The role of speech pathology in infant feeding. College of Lactation Consultants Victoria Annual Conference, Melbourne.
  • O’Connor, Ong, Veness & Ho (2011). Investigation of early feeding abilities of infants with congenital cardiac conditions. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Darwin.
  • Carly Veness, Margot Prior, Edith Bavin, Patricia Eadie, Eileen Cini, Sheena Reilly. (2011). Early signs of autism spectrum disorders: Developmental patterns from infancy to school age in a community sample of Victorian children. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Darwin
  • Carly Veness, Margot Prior, Edith Bavin, Patricia Eadie, Sheena Reilly (2011). Early Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Differentiating Autism, Developmental Delay, Specific Language Impairment, and Typical Development in a Population Sample. ASD Research Forum, Melbourne
  • Carly Veness & Katherine Ong (2010). Infant Feeding Disorders & Food Refusal. RCH Clinical Paediatric Update, Melbourne.
  • Rachel Pinczower & Carly Veness (2010). “Promoting oral feeding in the child with tube dependency &/or food refusal” & “Infant feeding: Assessment & Management” workshops. Gippsland Regional Association of Speech Pathologists (GRASP) meeting, Sale.