The Provincial Voice Care Resource Program (PVCRP) was established by Dr. Linda Rammage, RSLP (registered speech-language pathologist)* in affiliation with a number of public agencies to serve the needs of British Columbians affected by dysfunction of the voice and larynx, and to provide an educational resource for professional practitioners involved in voice care. Teaching and research functions are supported by the Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia.
The Pacific Voice Clinic is located within the Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, at Vancouver General Hospital. The clinic is structured around the private laryngology practice of Dr. Murray Morrison, otolaryngologist** and the PVCRP activities of Dr. Rammage. Strong linkages have been created with other professionals from psychiatry, respirology, gastro-enterology and neurology. See the "Patient Services" section for more information about the clinic, what happens there and the procedures involved in obtaining a referral for assessment.
PVCRP is supported by continuing service agreements with the Provincial Health Services Authority, to provide British Columbians suffering dysfunction of voice and the larynx with high quality clinical services and to increase the knowledge and skills of voice care clinicians who provide community-based services to individuals with voice dysfunction and related disorders. See the "Training Programs for Voice Care Professionals" section for more detailed information about this aspect of the PVCRP mandate. The purpose and objectives of PVCRP are described below.
* College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC: cshhpbc.org
** College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC: cpsbc.ca
(Unresolved concerns about professionals' practices may be reported to their respective regulatory colleges)
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Provincial Voice Care Resource Program
PURPOSE: The PVCRP was initiated in June, 1993, for the benefit of British Columbians suffering from voice dysfunction and related disorders.
The purpose of the PVCRP is 3-fold:
- To provide high quality community-based clinical services to British Columbians suffering dysfunction of the voice and larynx in an efficacious and cost-effective manner
- To increase the knowledge and skill level of speech-language pathologists and other voice care professionals throughout B.C. serving individuals with dysfunction of the voice and larynx
- To manage the Fred Gingell Memorial Stuttering Treatment Support Program.
OBJECTIVES: Under the direction of Dr. Linda Rammage, a registered speech-language pathologist practicing exclusively in the area of vocal health and dysfunction of voice and the larynx, and with support from officials in the then B.C. Ministry of Health, the PVCRP was developed to meet the following objectives:
- Provide tertiary-level, interdisciplinary clinical services to British Columbia residents with dysfunction of the voice and larynx, particularly those with complex causes
- Provide outreach consulting services and mentorship by a team of experts in interdisciplinary management to voice care clinicians serving British Columbia residents with dysfunction of the voice and larynx
- Provide a professional orientation program to speech-language pathologists who are, or will be, offering community-based management to individuals suffering dysfunction of the voice and larynx within BC
- Provide community-based services to reduce incidence of preventable disorders of the voice and larynx
- Provide outcome measurement systems specific to the management of voice-disordered populations to form the basis of quality assurance
- Provide community-based speech-language pathologists and other voice care clinicians with resources for prevention of voice disorders and management of individuals with dysfunction of the voice and larynx
- Provide financial support for British Columbians, aged 19 or older with one-time funding to cover tuition for approved intensive stuttering treatment programs
- Monitor the efficacy and long-term effectiveness of treatment outcomes of approved intensive treatment programs for individuals who stutter
- Share information, expertise, and experience gained through the stuttering treatment program with the public and supporting public agencies.