Speech pathologists are experts in the assessment, diagnosis and management of problems related to communication, cognition swallowing and voice.

What we do

We  treat and manage people with: 

  • Brain injuries such as stroke or head injury
  • Deteriorating diseases such as Motor Neurone disease, Parkinson’s Disease, or dementia
  • Cancer or trauma affecting the head and neck
  • Breathing problems
  • Delays in speech and language development
  • Prematurity and/or issues impacting early feeding

Who we care for

  • Inpatients at Bendigo Hospital
  • Pre-school children who are eligible for our community outpatients speech pathology program
  • Children referred to the Victorian Peadiatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Adults accessing residential care, transitional care, outpatient neurological rehabilitation and community rehabilitation services
  • Adults and children with swallowing difficulties who are eligible for the swallowing disorders clinic

Our services include

We have speech pathologists working with adults and children across many Bendigo Health programs. Each of our programs offers a variety of specialised services which can respond to your specific needs.

  • Speech and language assessment and therapy
  • Cognitive assessment and therapy
  • Assessment and therapy for swallowing difficulties
  • Laryngectomy care and management
  • Videofluoroscopic assessment of swallowing (x-ray of swallowing) for adults
  • Individualised and group intervention
  • Assistance with obtaining and using alternative communication devices
  • Education and counselling for clients, their family and carers
  • Referrals to external agencies

How to access this service

We accept referrals for inpatients from health professionals within Bendigo health. Patients can request a speech pathology referral through their treating team.

We accept referrals to community and outpatient speech pathology programs from health professionals.

What to bring

  • Medicare card
  • Healthcare card/concession card
  • Relevant reports from other health professionals
  • Anything you need that supports you to communicate, for example glasses, hearing aids, electronic devices, communication book
  • Equipment you may be using at home to help you communicate or eat and drink, for example modified cups/bottles
  • Any special items listed on your appointment letter.

Bendigo Hospital

Access via Mercy Street

Location

100 Barnard Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 8783

How to refer your patient

Speech Pathology paediatric referral form

We accept internal referrals for inpatients via the electronic referral system – patient flow manager.

The emergency department can refer verbally to inpatient speech pathologists via the Bendigo Health Switchboard on 5454 6000.

Internal services forms are required for referrals between Bendigo Health programs.

Referrals for a videofluoroscopic swallowing assessment from an external clinician or organisation require

  • Verbal clinical handover from the treating Speech Pathologist
  • A written report outlining the client’s medical history and goals for a videofluoroscopy along with
  • A valid radiology request from a doctor

These are required prior to a procedure being scheduled.

Videofluoroscopies for patients from other hospitals will be triaged by inpatient speech pathologists by calling the switchboard on 5454 6000.

All other external videofluoroscopy requests go through the swallowing disorders clinic.

All external community and outpatient speech pathology referrals go through the Bendigo Health Referral Centre.

Please note community health referrals require referrers to complete the SCTT form.

Bendigo Hospital

Access via Mercy Street

Location

100 Barnard Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 8783