Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology at Bass Coast Health works with inpatients of Wonthaggi Hospital and outpatients of preschool and post school age of the south coast region.

Speech Pathologists provide assessment, therapy and referral services for communication and swallowing difficulties.

Communication difficulties may be in the areas of

  • speech (how clear speech is)
  • language (ability to formulate words or sentences and to understand what is said)
  • reading and writing
  • voice quality changes
  • fluency (stuttering)
  • hearing difficulties
Swallowing difficulties may be in the areas of
  • chewing and manipulating food or fluid in the mouth
  • swallowing safely

Difficulty communicating and / or swallowing can be due to things such as developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and  hearing loss.

Speech pathologists also work with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), devices that help people who find it difficult to speak or write to communicate more easily.

Admission Criteria

Pre-schoolers and post school adults are eligible for outpatient’s services.

School aged children access Speech Pathology via their school principal. 

Referrals for outpatients can be made by care providers, carers/parents, or self-referral.


Availability
Monday to Friday - 8.30am-4.30pm

Services are based at Wonthaggi however, sessions are arranged at these locations on an as needs basis
Cowes
Grantville
Inverloch
San Remo

Contact for referrals or enquiries - 03 5671 3343