Speech Pathology for Adults
Our speech pathologists are here to support you and your family with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Our Speech Pathology Service
Access Health and Community speech pathologists have expertise in the assessment and management of swallowing and communication difficulties in adults across a range of areas, such as:
Neurological and degenerative conditions, including:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
- Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
- Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
- Huntington’s disease
- Dementia (including Alzheimer’s, Vascular and Fronto-Temporal Dementias)
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Palliative care
Complex disability, including:
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Intellectual disability/developmental delay
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Acquired communication disorders
Our speech pathologists will work with you to achieve your health goals, assess your specific problem and devise a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Our Speech Pathologists can assess and treat a range of difficulties including:
- Coughing and/or choking when eating and drinking, or difficulty with chewing and swallowing food or drink
- Saliva management
- Memory difficulties or other changes to thinking and/or processing skills
- Understanding spoken speech and/or finding the right words to say
- Slurred or unclear speech
- Muscle weakness in the face or mouth
- Facial palsy
- Social skills
- Voice changes due to degenerative diseases
- Specific speech and voice treatments for Parkinson’s Disease (eg. LSVT LOUD)
- Cognitive communication impairments
Our speech pathologists can also support you with identification and use of assistive communication technology (such as communication books, tablets or other low or high-tech communication devices).
How to make an appointment with a Speech Pathologist
Our speech pathologists provide telehealth services or face-to-face appointments for clients in their home or residential facility. We also offer clinic appointments at the following locations:
A referral may be made by a therapist of another discipline who you are already seeing.
We respond promptly to referrals and you will be seen as soon as an appointment is available. The speech pathologist will prioritise your need and urgency for intervention or therapy at your initial appointment. They will then schedule further appointments depending on your requirements and service availability.
Fees and payments
We offer services to all members of the community. Some of our services prioritise people and families that have greater health, economic and social needs. We set the costs based on income ranges in line with the Centrelink Income Test for pensioners. See our current income tables.
If you are registered with NDIS or have a level 3 to 4 aged care package, your speech pathology costs may be covered by your NDIS plan or care package.
If you want to talk to someone about fees, please call 03 9810 3000. We are here to help find the best solution for you.
Who do speech pathologists work with?
Speech pathologists work with people who have communication and swallowing impairments. Communication involves speaking, listening, hearing, understanding, reading, writing, thinking, using your voice and social skills.
Communication and swallowing problems can result from a wide range of problems including:
- Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s or dementia.
- Developmental disorders and intellectual disability
- Accidents or trauma to the brain
- Head and neck surgery
- Nodules on your vocal cords
- A range of other illnesses or conditions impacting communication or swallowing
How can a speech pathologist support me?
Our speech pathology services may include assessment, individual speech therapy, group therapy, counselling and education of clients and family.
What will my speech pathology appointment/s involve?
When we first see you we will listen to your swallowing and/or communication concerns, ask questions, and make clinical observations and recommendations.
This may involve asking you questions or completing tests with you to better understand your speech, language or swallowing difficulties.
We may also assess your swallowing (eating and drinking) function by observing you during a mealtime. This will allow us to make recommendations, provide relevant exercises or provide advice about how you can modify your food and drink so that you eat and drink safely.
Following the assessment and diagnosis of your speech, language, voice and/ or swallowing difficulties we will provide you with recommendations and a therapy program tailored to your individual needs.