Speech Pathology

The Speech Pathology team treat children with acquired brain injuries, craniofacial anomalies (i.e. cleft lip and palate), respiratory conditions, developmental disorders (i.e. Autism Spectrum Disorder) and children born prematurely.

Phone: (03) 8572 3000
Referrals: 1300 3 icare (1300 342 273)
Community services email: Childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org 

 To support the Speech Pathology department at
Monash Children’s Hospital:

About us

Monash Health provides speech pathology services to Monash Children’s Hospital patients both in an acute setting within our hospitals and out in the community.

Acute Speech Pathology services  

The Speech Pathology team at Monash Children’s Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient feeding and communication assessments/management. We treat children with acquired brain injuries, craniofacial anomalies (i.e. cleft lip and palate), respiratory conditions, developmental disorders (i.e. Autism Spectrum Disorder) and children born prematurely.

Videofluoroscopy is completed on site for the assessment of swallowing difficulties.

Referrals to the outpatient service at Monash Children’s Hospital will only be accepted from a medical source.

Community Speech Pathology services

Speech pathologists work with babies, toddlers and preschool children who are having difficulties in the development of their feeding and communication skills, which can include:

• Language delay/disorder – understanding instructions and using words in sentences.
• Articulation delay/disorder – pronunciation of sounds in words
• Dysfluency/stuttering – repeating sounds or syllables with effort
• Voice disorder – harsh or hoarse/husky voice
• Feeding issues

Please contact the service for more information on: Childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org

Information for patients and families

Useful links

Speech Pathology Australia – http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/
Raising Children (parenting website) – http://raisingchildren.net.au/
Cleft Pals (Cleft Palate Association Victoria) – www.cleftpalsvic.com

Referrals

Acute referrals

Outpatient speech pathology consultations require a Monash Children’s Hospital medical referral.

For referrals please contact us via the following:

Phone: 1300 3 iCARE (1300 342 273)
Mail: 
Speech Pathology Department, Monash Children’s Hospital
246 Clayton Road
Clayton, Victoria 3168

There are no costs for this service.

Eligibility 

Children consulted in Monash Health public outpatient clinics and those discharged from an inpatient stay can be referred to the Speech Pathology outpatient clinic for assessment and review.

Inpatient speech pathology services are available across all Monash Children’s Hospital sites (Clayton, Dandenong and Casey).

Outpatient speech pathology services are available at Clayton and Casey sites.


Community referrals 

For referrals please contact us via the following:

Phone: 1300 3 iCARE (1300 342 273)
Fax: (03) 9594 9221
Email: MHCAccess@monashhealth.org

For more information or assistance with your referral please contact the service on childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org.

Eligibility criteria

Inclusion:

  • Lives / works / studies or child attends pre-school or child-care in the City of Greater Dandenong, City Of Casey, Shire of Cardinia
  • OR cannot access local services due to poor transport accessibility
  • OR service is not provided by local community health service

Exclusion:

  • Clients on waitlist, attending OR previously attended Early Childhood Intervention Programs or Specialist Schools cannot be seen as they should be eligible to receive therapy support at these settings
  • Clients with a developmental diagnosis i.e. Cerebral Palsy, Asperger’s, Autism, global developmental delay

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