Speech Pathology

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

Speech Pathologists at Northern Health work as important members of the health team in acute care, rehabilitation, aged care, community and paediatric services. Speech Pathologists work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language.

People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.

What can I expect from the service?

The Northern Health Speech Pathologists provide a variety of services including (but not limited to):

Working with children:

  • Establishing swallowing safety to ensure adequate nutritional intake
  • Assisting children to achieve their developmental milestones with regards to play, language and cognition.
  • Educating and involving parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children.

Working in Acute Care, Rehabilitation and Aged Care:

  • Assessing and providing therapy for disorders of swallowing, communication and/or cognition as a result of stroke or degenerative neurological disease (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone disease)
  • Screening hearing and assisting clients to access hearing aids if suitable
  • Assisting in the provision of a diagnosis for those with cognitive impairment indicative of dementia, therapy and family assistance for those diagnosed with dementia
  • Performing videofluoroscopy (xray) swallow procedures as part of dysphagia (swallowing) assessment and management

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

The Speech Pathologist will let you know if you need to bring anything along.

Contact us:

Allied Health Enquiries: alliedhealthenquiries@nh.org.au

 

For Health Professionals

Service Overview

Speech pathologists are experts in the assessment, diagnosis and management of problems relating to communication, swallowing and voice.

Speech pathologists are university trained Allied Health professionals who work with people across their entire lifespan. Speech pathology is a self-regulated profession. As of 2016, members must meet the Association’s standards in regards to continuing professional development in order to renew as a Certified Practising Speech Pathology Australia member.

Speech pathologists at Northern Health work as important members of the health team in acute care, rehabilitation, aged care, community and paediatric services.

Speech pathologists work with many different people with lots of different communication and swallowing challenges, including:

Working with children:

  • Establishing swallowing safety to ensure adequate nutritional intake
  • Assisting children to achieve their developmental milestones with regards to play, language and cognition.
  • Educating and involving parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children.
  • Working in Acute Care, Rehabilitation and Aged Care:
  • Assessing and providing therapy for disorders of swallowing, communication and/or cognition as a result of stroke or degenerative neurological disease (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone disease)
  • Screening hearing and assisting clients to access hearing aids if suitable
  • Assisting in the provision of a diagnosis for those with cognitive impairment indicative of dementia, therapy and family assistance for those diagnosed with dementia
  • Performing videofluoroscopy swallow procedures as part of dysphagia (swallowing) assessment and management

Speech pathologists provide services to clients in all the locations listed below:

Northern Hospital, Epping

Northern Hospital Speech Pathologists provide a 7 day service in the following areas:

  • Acute Care including aged care, surgical and general medicine
  • Stroke and Neurology
  • Trauma
  • Neonatal care
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Instrumental assessments including Videofluoroscopy
  • Outpatient services

Craigieburn

  • CHS Speech Pathologists provide both adult and paediatric clients with services delivered in an outpatient setting.

Adult Community Therapy Services

  • Paediatrics clinics including paediatric swallowing, language and speech (ages 0-6 years)

Continuing Care
(Bundoora & Broadmeadows Hospital)

Inpatients

Bundoora and Broadmeadows Hospital Speech Pathologists provide services across Rehabilitation, Geriatric Evaluation and Management including GEM@Home and GEM@Kilmore programs, Surgical and Palliative Care programs.

Adult outpatients

The outpatient services offered include:

  • Community Therapy Service (CTS)
  • Cognitive Dementia & Memory Services (CDAMS)
  • Early Stroke Discharge Program (ESD)
  • Transition Care Program (TCP)
  • Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP)
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP).

Community Therapy Service can see clients in the centre, their homes or in low-level residential care facilities.

Inclusion criteria:

Please see relevant service program

Exclusion criteria:

Please see relevant service program

How to Refer:

Please see relevant service program

Alternative service options:

Speech Pathology Australia.
My Aged Care Contact Centre – Phone: 1800 200 422

Director/Head of Unit:

Emma Beer
Associate Director Speech Pathology, Audiology & Orthoptics

Enquiries:

Allied Health Enquiries: alliedhealthenquiries@nh.org.au