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Speech pathology

Speech pathology

We care for and support people with communication and swallowing problems.

About us

We provide speech pathology services to adult patients at Austin HospitalHeidelberg Repatriation Hospital and Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.

Speech pathologists assess and manage patients with communication and swallowing problems.

Communication problems can include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty understanding
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty reading and writing

Swallowing problems can include:

  • Coughing when eating and drinking
  • Food getting stuck in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing

Our services

Our speech pathology services are available to patients who have swallowing or communication problems, when they are in hospital or rehabilitation.

Our clinics

Outpatient Speech Pathology Clinic

This clinic is for patients with:

  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Difficulty in communicating
  • Difficulty in voice
  • Chronic cough
  • Laryngectomy

Swallowing and Voice Instrumental Assessment Clinics

We run clinics for:

  • Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies (VFSS) / X-ray
  • Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Videostroboscopy of voice (Voice Analysis Clinic)


For patients

If you are in hospital, and your care team has been managing your communication and swallowing problems, you may need to attend one of our clinics once you leave hospital. Your care team will organise a referral for you.

For health professionals

Complete our referral form and fax to Speech Pathology. View our referral guidelines.

Speech Pathology services are available to all Austin Health patients.

Requests from external healthcare providers are considered on a case by case basis for specialist speech pathology services that are not available in the community, such as our swallowing and voice instrumental assessment clinics.

Contact us

Speech Pathology

General enquiries: 03 9496 5549

Outpatient enquiries: 03 9496 2243

Fax: (03) 9496 2947

Email: speechpathologyoutpatients@austin.org.au

Open hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm


Joanne Sweeney


Speech Pathology
Level 3, Lance Townsend Building
Austin Hospital
145 Studley Road,
Heidelberg Victoria


Speech Pathology
Grevillea Centre
Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital
Banksia Street
Heidelberg West Victoria

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