Your Speech Pathology Journey

Your Speech Pathology Journey

Intake

Contact us to discuss your needs. Please complete the online request for appointment form. This gives us the information we need to manage intake and referrals.

Triage

The speech pathologist will review the information you have provided and allocate you to a triage category. Triage ensures that the most urgent cases are prioritised.

Waitlist

We typically have a waitlist. If a waitlist applies, you will be informed and your name will be placed on the list. The wait time varies for each triage category, with urgent cases seen more quickly.

Initial appointment

We will offer an initial appointment when we have space available. We will ask you to complete some paperwork to help us prepare. During the appointment we will discuss your concerns, provide an initial opinion, and discuss recommendations for next steps.

For more information about what to expect, see Initial Appointment.

Referrals

Depending on your concerns, we may recommend that you see another professional. For example, we may require a hearing test with an audiologist, or a laryngoscopy with an ENT, or a cognitive assessment with a psychologist.

Assessment

We will gather more information to:

  • confirm a diagnosis, and/or
  • inform the treatment we provide.

Different assessment procedures are required for different diagnoses. We will discuss the type of assessment required in the initial appointment.

Diagnosis

We will discuss the results of the assessment with you. If treatment is recommended, we will discuss treatment options and what is involved. We will also discuss the likely outcomes of treatment.

Treatment

We will match your diagnosis with current research in treatment for that diagnosis. We will work with you to implement that treatment

As causes and diagnoses of communication and feeding difficulties can be so different, treatments can also look very different from each other.

For more information about what to expect, see Follow-Up Appointments.

Review

We will review your treatment to ensure that it is effective. We may repeat some or all of the assessment procedure, or may use other tools to assess progress.

Discharge

We will use the results of your review, as well as current research in treatment outcomes, to determine when you are likely to be ready for discharge. We will work with you to ensure you are prepared for discharge.

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