Speech Pathology assess, diagnose and manage clients with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties.
Communication problems can include:
- Difficulty understanding
- Difficulty speaking (trouble finding words, slurred speech, inappropriate use of words)
- Difficulty reading and writing
- Difficulty expressing your wants and needs
Swallowing problems can include:
- Coughing when eating and drinking
- Food getting stuck in your throat
- Difficulty chewing
- Wet or gurgly voice when eating and drinking
- Drooling or salvia pooling in your mouth
- Pain on swallowing
Clinicians work within allied health and medical teams in acute, subacute, rehabilitation and community settings to help clients achieve and maintain optimal communication and swallowing function.
Specialist services include:
- head and neck
- tracheostomy care
- stroke and neurology
- internal medicine
- aged care acute and rehabilitation
- inpatient Rehabilitation
- instrumental assessments including Fiberoptic-Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) / videofluoroscopy
- CDAMS clinic (Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service)
- community service
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We accept GP and specialist referrals for this service.
Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
To refer a patient, complete and send your referral to Outpatients by fax to (03) 9342 4234.
You can use the following form or a template from your own system:
Referrals should include:
- relevant clinical history for the patient
- the reason for referral
- patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
- your details and provider number
- the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
- if your patient requires ongoing management, please identify the referral as being "indefinite"