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Departments

Services

Inpatients

Speech Pathology services are available to all inpatients in both acute and rehabilitation settings who have swallowing and communication problems during their admission.

Outpatients

The Austin Health Speech Pathology service provides assessment and management for adult outpatients presenting with swallowing and communication impairments as a result of acute, chronic or degenerative conditions. Communication impairments may include speech, voice or language difficulties.

Referrals

The Speech Pathology Department provide outpatient services for patients whose presenting health condition is currently being managed by a specialist medical/surgical/mental health unit at Austin Health. 

Requests from external healthcare providers will be considered on a case by case basis for specialist Speech Pathology services that are not available in the community, including for specialist diagnostic instrumental assessments of swallowing and voice (Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies (VFSS), Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), and Videostroboscopy). See Specialist Clinics Referral Guidelines.

Clinic exclusions:

  • Patients who require ambulance transport or who are unable to mobilise safely
  • Paediatrics
  • Patients who require a home visit

Written referrals, using this template, are accepted from:

  • Austin Health inpatient health care providers (following discharge)
  • Austin Health Outpatient/Specialist clinics/ED
  • External healthcare providers in specific circumstances

Fax referrals to (03) 9496 2947 or send to Speech Pathology Outpatients, Grevillea Building, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Banksia St Heidelberg, 3081.

Appropriate referrals will be placed on a waiting list, with appointments prioritised according to clinical urgency.

Finding Us

Speech Pathology outpatient services are provided from the Grevillea Building at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. See Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Map

For any outpatient enquiries, please contact the Speech Pathology Department on (03) 9496 2234  between 9:00am - 4:30pm on Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).