Our speech pathology service provides assessment, diagnosis and individualised management for adult inpatients and outpatients with a range of difficulties impacting swallowing, communication, speech, language, voice and/or cognition.
A variety of neurological and structural impairments can result in swallowing and/or communication disorders. Some common causes include head and neck cancer, respiratory illness and conditions that cause damage to the brain such as stroke, head injury, cerebral anoxia, brain tumour, encephalitis and progressive neurological disorders (such as dementia and Parkinson's Disease).
Our speech pathologists are responsible for providing a range of services including:
- speech, language and cognitive-communication assessments and management to facilitate re-establishment of effective communication skills
- provision of alternative communication devices and strategies
- assessment and management of swallowing disorders, including videofluoroscopy (x-ray of swallowing) and Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) procedures
- education and counselling to family and carers to facilitate their role in optimal management of communication and/or swallowing disorders
- advice and consultancy to medical and other staff on management of patients with tracheostomy, laryngectomy, swallowing and communication disorders
- liaison and referral to other external agencies as appropriate.
We provide speech pathology services to the following groups of patients:
- inpatients who are likely to have improved outcomes or fast-tracked pathways as a direct result of speech pathology services.
- outpatients who require speech pathology services that are not available in the community or non-tertiary site in their local catchment area.
Speech Pathology is part of our Allied Health Service.
Ground floor map of the main hospital
Call our Helpdesk on (8) 6152 2222 for all queries.
Our Allied Health outpatient clinics are located at the eastern end of the main hospital building. You can access them off the main concourse on the ground floor. View our hospital map to find your way.
Inpatient services are located throughout the hospital campus.
Regular hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday
Regular hours: 8am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
Specialties requiring a 7 day service are resourced to provide this.
Extended working hours exist in the following areas
8am – 9pm
Intensive Care Unit
24 hours for physiotherapy
On-call service for Social Work
Acute Medical Unit
7am – 7pm
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