For Patients and Visitors

Speech pathologists work with people who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties. 

People can have communicating and/ or swallowing difficulties for many different reasons. At St Vincent’s we work with people who have communicating or swallowing difficulties due to injury or illness such as stroke, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Injuries and illness can cause different kinds of communication and swallowing problems.

Communication difficulties include difficulty with: 

Swallowing difficulties can include difficulty with;

We work to optimise a person’s communication and swallowing abilities so that they are able to participate as fully as possible in their everyday life. We do this by: 

Comprehensive assessment of the communication or swallowing problem.
Assessment of swallowing problems may involve:


Treatment to improve communication or swallowing ability

Education and training for others

Speech pathology services are provided at St Vincent’s Hospital, St George’s Health Service, Caritas Christi and across St Vincent's residential aged care facilities.


Outpatient services

St Vincent's Hospital - Speech Pathology Department (acute and sub-acute)
Building F - Bolte Wing
Ground Floor, 14 Nicholson St Fitzroy 3065
Tel: (03) 9231 3840

St George's Health Service - Speech Pathology Department (sub-acute)
Level 1, 283 Cotham Rd Kew 3101
Tel: (03) 9231 8232

Caritas Christi
104 Studley Park Road, Kew 3101
Tel: (03) 9056 1050

Outpatient services

Speech Pathology Voice and Swallow Outpatient Clinic provides diagnostic assessment and short-term management of dysphonia (voice), dysphagia (swallow) and airway disorders. Sessions in clinic or via telehealth available. Inclusive of outpatient Videofluoroscopy (VFSS) and Fibre-optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) where required. Onward referral of patients requiring longer-term management / monitoring.

Eligibility: Patients referred must be linked with St. Vincent’s Public Hospital Specialist Clinics.

Outpatient Speech Pathologist, Speech Pathology Department,
St Vincent’s Hospital, Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, 3065
Tel: (03) 9231-3840
Fax: (03) 9231-3808


Speech Pathology Community Rehabilitation is part of the Health Independence Program. All referrals and queries should be directed to the Health Independence Program.
Tel: 1300 131 470
Fax: (03) 9231 2202


Individual Services

Kew Community Rehabilitation Centre: Tel: (03) 9231 8660
Fairfield Community Rehabilitation Centre: Tel: (03) 9906 5600