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Speech Pathology

Find assessment and management information on Speech Pathology conditions at:

Emergency Immediate transfer to the Emergency Department

If you believe your patient requires immediate attention please phone 000 or refer your patient to the emergency department.

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Speech Pathology services may also be available through alternate services, including:

Urgent referrals Arranging urgent review

Adult Dysphagia/swallow

  • Patients referred for dysphagia/swallowing difficulties who are at risk of hospital admission if speech pathology intervention is not provided. For example:
    • Unable to tolerate oral intake with high risk of dehydration/malnutrition and/or aspiration
    • Laryngectomy patients who present with leaking trachea-oesophageal punctures
    • Post-surgical ENT e.g. thyroidectomy with suspected aspiration issues
  • Referrals for instrumental swallowing assessments where the patient is at risk of aspiration or dehydration ie. Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) / formerly known as Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) study; or Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).

Adult Voice

  • Patients referred for voice or airway difficulties who are at risk of hospital admission if speech pathology intervention is not provided. For example:
    • Post-surgical ENT e.g. thyroidectomy with suspected aspiration issues
    • Airway issues i.e. suspected Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement (PVFM), Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) or laryngospasm

Paediatric swallowing and feeding

  • Children referred for swallowing and feeding difficulties who are unable to tolerate oral intake, at risk of aspiration, dehydration and/or malnutrition

Out of scope services

Adults

  • Adults with a diagnosis of developmental/congenital disability, for e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Intellectual Disability
  • Adults who are eligible or accessing other services i.e. private practice
  • Adults who are eligible for NDIS funded Speech Pathology services
  • Adult Dysfluency/Stuttering
  • Adult developmental language difficulties, for e.g. dyslexia
  • Nursing Home referrals or home visiting requests
  • Patients eligible for compensation or private health care, e.g. DVA Patients or on package of care
  • Accent reduction and/or English language training for English as a second language
  • Hearing impairment only
  • Transgender Voice

Paediatric

  • Children of school age (unless referred or being managed by the Logan Hospital paediatrician or specialist for a health related or medical condition)
  • Children attending and/or already receiving a service from a formal education facility (Prep, ECDP)
  • Children eligible for Speech Pathology services through another agency (CDS, FECS, CPL, Montrose Access)
  • Children who are eligible for NDIS funded Speech Pathology services
  • Paediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS): please refer to Children’s Health Queensland.
     

Out of Catchment

Metro South Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary care or services that are not provided by their local Hospital and Health Service. If your patient lives outside the Metro South Health area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.

Last updated 4 January 2023