Speech pathologists provide specialist assessment and management of babies, children and adults with communication and swallowing problems.
Speech pathologists work within multidisciplinary teams to assist people who have experienced changes in their communication and swallowing. They provide comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
Communication problems may include:
- slurred speech
- voice changes
- difficulty understanding speech or speaking
- difficulty reading or writing
- cognitive changes- orientation, memory, attention, planning and problem solving.
Swallowing problems may include:
- choking or coughing when eating and drinking
- feeling that food is sticking in your throat or chest
- difficulty chewing or swallowing
- shortness of breath when eating or drinking.
Patients may be seen from:
- adult inpatient wards
- through a consultation service to the special care nursery.
throughout your experience, you may be supported by:
- a speech pathologist
- a dietitian
- a social worker
- a pastoral carer
- a physiotherapist
- an occupational therapist
- nursing staff
- medical staff
For health professionals
The Speech Pathology Department at Werribee Mercy Hospital is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, patient-centered and evidence-based service.
A variety of services are provided at the hospital including:
- rehabilitation of swallowing disorders
- performing videofluoroscopic swallow studies for patients with swallowing disorders
- provision of alternative and augmentative communication options for patients with acquired communication disorders
- providing therapy programs for geriatric evaluation and management and rehabilitation patients
- advice for parents in the special care nursery on feeding.
The Speech Pathology Department provides comprehensive assessment, intervention, strategies and preventative advice within multidisciplinary teams to maximise patient outcomes.
Inpatient clinical services at Werribee Mercy Hospital are in the following areas:
- general medical
- mental health
- geriatric evaluation and management
- palliative care
- emergency department
- special care nursery
The department is committed to providing a high quality service through ongoing staff development, appraisal, teaching, clinical research and adherence to evidence-based practice.
Additional contact details
Speech Pathology Department
Werribee Mercy Hospital
300-310 Princes Highway,
Werribee, Victoria, 3030
Tel: +61 3 8754 3688
Fax: +61 3 8754 3064
Werribee Mercy Hospital
300 Princes Highway
Werribee Victoria 3030
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