Speech pathologists assess and treat adults and children with swallowing and communication problems. Problems with swallowing and communication may result from:
- respiratory problems (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- brain injuries (e.g. stroke)
- cardiac surgery (e.g. following insertions of stents and valves)
- orthopaedic surgery (e.g. following a broken hip)
- needing a breathing tube (tracheostomy) during an intensive care stay
- degenerative diseases such as motor neurone disease or Parkinson’s disease
- children with developmental delay (e.g. Down syndrome, neuro-developmental disorder and autism spectrum disorder)
- babies with structural changes (e.g. laryngomalacia – weakening of the muscles around the throat).
We offer a variety of specialised services for adults and children including:
- inpatient management of communication and swallowing difficulties.
- management of swallowing and communication for patients with a tracheostomy (breathing tube).
- Rehabilitation Day Therapy Unit, Motor Neurone Disease Clinic and LSVT LOUD® (an intensive treatment for people with speech disorders related to Parkinson’s disease).
- instrumental assessments including:
- Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies Clinic – a procedure to assess your swallowing under x-ray.
- Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow – a procedure where a small camera is used to assess both swallowing and the voice box.
- education programs for patients and their families.
- assessment and treatment of children admitted to hospital with communication, feeding and swallowing difficulties.
How to access this service
No external referrals are accepted for this service. You can only access this service when you are staying in hospital or if you have been referred by a hospital clinician. We also accept referrals for patients who have been referred from other health facilities within Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you have one)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
Location: Ground floor, Building 14, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 4443
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm
Need help outside hours?
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.
Refer a patient
To refer a patient to this service, view the referral guideline. GP and Specialist Referral Hotline: 1300 364 938