Our speech pathologists are here to support you and your family with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Our speech pathologists can assess and treat a range of difficulties
- Speaking clearly
- Muscle weakness in the face or mouth
- Understanding spoken speech and finding the right words to say
- Associated difficulties with reading, writing and spelling
- Memory difficulties
- Coughing and choking when eating and drinking.
How to make an appointment
Please contact our intake team on 03 9810 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some services can be provided in the home or at residential centres.
No referral form is needed to access the service. At times a referral may be made by a therapist of another discipline whom you are already seeing.
Fees and payments
We offer services for all members of the community. Some of our services prioritise access to people and families with greater health, economic and social needs. We set the costs of our services based on income ranges. These income ranges are based on the Centrelink Income Test for pensioners. See our current income tables.
If you are on a low income, there is a $10 fee to see one of our speech pathologists.
If you are on a medium income, there is a $15 fee to see one of our speech pathologists.
If you are on a high income, it is $100 per hour to see one of our speech pathologists. This fee includes appointments made with your speech pathologist, report writing and travel time.
If you are registered with the NDIS or have a level 3 to 4 aged care package, your speech pathology costs should 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.
The adult speech pathology team at Access Health and Community is made up of experienced clinicians who have expertise in:
- Communication problems
- Complex disability
- Swallowing problems.
Our speech pathologists will work with you to achieve your health goals.
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:
- brain disorders from birth
- accidents or illness such as a stroke
- medical problems such as cleft palate
- head & neck surgery
- nodules on your vocal cords
- diseases such as Parkinson’s or dementia.
A speech pathologist will work with each individual to diagnose their specific problems and devise a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
How can a speech pathologist support me?
Speech pathologists can assist with your communication and swallowing skills.
Our speech pathology services may include assessment, individual and group therapy, counselling and education of clients and family. Our team can also advocate for your communication difficulties.
When will I be able to see a speech pathologist?
Once your referral is received by our intake service you’ll be seen as soon as an appointment is available. This may take several weeks but will be booked as soon as possible. The speech pathologist will then prioritise your need and urgency for intervention or therapy at this initial assessment visit. They will then schedule further appointments as appropriate depending on their current service availability.