Female in a speech pathology session

The DPV Health Speech Pathology Service supports effective communication and safe swallowing. There are many reasons why people have communication and swallowing problems, including delays when growing-up, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, Cerebral Palsy, or Dementia.

Difficulties with communication and swallowing can impact your wellbeing and ability to carry out daily activities. A Speech Pathologist can help by:

  • Providing you with information about your communication or swallowing problems
  • Supporting you to find ways to manage your difficulties
  • Educating the people who care for you about the best way to provide you with support
  • Supporting you to achieve optimal swallowing and communication skills

A Speech Pathologist is a trained professional who works with people to support improvement in their communication and swallowing abilities, to increase independence, participation in the community and quality of life.

Speech pathologists work with people that have various communication and/or swallowing problems. They will first assess the individuals concerns and then work-out the reason for the concern. They will also give advice, therapy and find the right tools for your needs.

Our Adult Speech Pathology services can offer:

  • Appointments at our offices and home visits
  • Assessment
  • Education
  • Referral to other services, as appropriate

Our service is available for elder adults, people with a disability and their carers who are eligible for services through HACC PYP, CHSP and NDIS funding.

Fees may apply.

For information, please Contact the Intake Service between 9am and 5pm on 9409 8724.

We also accept referrals from your GP, specialists, other health professional, carers or family members.
Health professionals are requested to send referrals by:

  • E-referral via Connecting Care
  • Fax 9408 9508 City of Whittlesea locations
  • Post to PO Box 82, Whittlesea 3757 for City of Whittlesea locations

Wait lists may apply and priority is given according to the severity of your condition.

For people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, referral is via My Aged Care.

The following information is required at the time of referral:

  • Client’s name
  • Client’s date of birth
  • Current address and telephone number
  • Parent/caregiver name/s
  • Reason for referral
  • Any other relevant information

For current clients that would like to book or cancel appointments, contact Reception on 9409 8787.