Our Speech Pathology service works with people who have speech and swallowing difficulties as a result of stroke. 

We also help people with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties. We work with individuals whose speech and swallowing and hearing have been affected.

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

Our speech pathologists work within allied health and medical teams to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal communication and swallowing function.

How to access this service

You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital. Once we receive the referral, we will send you a letter.

If there is a waiting list, you'll be advised what to do in your letter.

Referrals are current for 12 months from the date of issue, unless it is specified as "indefinite". Keep a copy of your referral, so you can easily ask your GP to renew your referral if you need to.


Speech Allied Health City Campus Allied Health, Level 3 North West WED

What to bring

Every time you come to hospital

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • Your appointment book
  • TAC or Workcover claim number

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.