About

Carly Veness

Carly Veness

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Carly Veness is a paediatric speech pathologist with a special focus on infant and child feeding difficulties. Carly graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours from La Trobe University in 2003. Carly has worked in a variety of public, private and not-for-profit settings in Melbourne in both clinical and research roles over the past 16 years. These include previous positions at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Northern Health, Alfred CYMHS, Vision Australia and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Carly also has a Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Sciences (Infant & Parent) from Melbourne University and has previously worked as part of an infant mental health team. Carly currently holds a public appointment at the Royal Women’s Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive and Special Care Unit and also consults privately in Hawthorn through our sister office at Offspring Health.

Carly started Babble & Munch Speech Pathology in 2014 in order to provide a private service focusing on the specific and underserviced area of infant feeding and paediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties. Carly has particular interest and experience in working with babies and children with gastrointestinal conditions such as reflux, eosinophilic oesophagitis and constipation, allergy, congenital heart disease, prematurity, growth faltering, developmental delay, tongue ties, breastfeeding difficulties, and tube feeding and tube weaning. Carly is active in teaching, training and mentoring other speech pathologists and feeding therapists in paediatric feeding and regularly runs feeding workshops for other health professionals in Melbourne and interstate.

Consults: Eltham (Tuesdays), Hawthorn (fortnightly Mondays)

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 where she worked closely with children with medical and neurological conditions, developmental delay and disability, including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder.

Nikki also works for Northern Health with babies and children in the Special Care Nursery, paediatric inpatient unit and outpatient clinics. Nikki has 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 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 and families to meet the needs of the child.

Consults: Eltham (Mondays, Thursdays), Hawthorn (Wednesdays)

Siew-Lian Crossley

Siew-Lian Crossley

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Siew-Lian Crossley is a paediatric speech pathologist with a special interest in infant and paediatric feeding. She graduated from Sydney University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). Siew-Lian had the opportunity to further develop her expertise in infant feeding in the United Kingdom over the past 10 years, working with premature and sick infants on a busy hospital neonatal unit. Siew-Lian also holds a public appointment at Monash Children’s Hospital as part of the Speech Pathology department, and also consults privately in Hawthorn through our sister office at Offspring Health. Siew-Lian has particular experience working with infants and children with respiratory, cardiac, neurological and gastrointestinal difficulties. She also has a special interest in preterm infant feeding and communication.

Siew-Lian also has a Masters of Science (Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties) from Manchester University and has extensive experience in supporting families, infants and children with cerebral palsy to develop feeding and early communication skills. Siew-Lian has published research in the areas of early intervention for infants at high risk of neurodevelopmental difficulties including early communication development.

Siew-Lian is currently training to be a lactation consultant and is soon to sit her IBCLC exam. Through this training, Siew-Lian has developed particular skills and knowledge in establishing and supporting breastfeeding with infants with medically complex conditions. Siew-Lian is passionate about a family-centred, integrated approach to supporting early feeding and communication development.

Consults: Eltham (Fridays), Hawthorn (fortnightly Tuesdays, Thursdays)

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.
Selected Presentations & Workshops
  • Justine Slattery and Nikki Collins (2019). Collaborating to Deliver Developmental Care: A Review of Speech Pathology Practice in a Neonatal Unit. The National Conference of Speech Pathology Australia, Sydney, Australia. Poster presentation.
  • 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.
  • Carli Maddocks, Cara Naughton, Nikki Collins (2015). Development of an Acute Paediatric Allied Health Assistant (AHA) training package for the introduction of an AHA service in Special Care Nursery (SCN). The National Conference of Speech Pathology Australia, Canberra, Australia.
  • 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.