Must reside in the Manly, Warringah or Pittwater Local Government Areas. Our service is free for patients with a valid Medicare Card.
We accept all referrals, including self-referrals. Relevant medical reports may be requested from your GP / Specialist, however a medical referral is not required to access our service.
To make an adult outpatient referral please call our general enquiry and intake line on 9998 6199.
NBHS Speech Pathology is not an emergency service. If you feel you require urgent attention, please present to your local hospital emergency department.
In addition to the services described above the Speech Pathology Department provides a number of speciality services:
Modified Barium Swallow (Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study)
A Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) study is a moving x-ray ('videofluroscopy') of swallowing. It allows visualisation of oral and pharyngeal structures, examines physiology with different food/fluid types, bolus sizes and effects of compensatory strategies. A bedside swallow examination by a Speech Pathologist is required before an MBS can be performed. Currently, MBS studies are performed at Connect Radiology in Dee Why by NBHS Speech Pathologists and are offered to adult inpatients and outpatients of both Mona Vale Hospital.
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment program (LSVT®) is an intensive voice and speech program for people with Parkinson's disease. The LSVT® incorporates high respiratory and phonatory effort to improve voice and speech function. Individuals who participate in LSVT® are first required to attend an ENT examination to make sure there are no contraindications to participating in therapy.
It is a condition of LSVT® that the clinician has completed the accredited training in this course. The Northern Beaches Speech Pathology Service has clinicians accredited in providing the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program.
Speech Pathologists assess and manage swallowing and communication for people with tracheostomy, including provision of non-verbal communication aids as required. Speech Pathologists also work closely with the multidisciplinary team to provide advice on the weaning process.
The Adult Speech Pathology Department provides an outpatient service for stable non-acute total laryngectomees with or without a voice prosthesis. This service is intended to promote local access to voice prostheses and laryngectomy care. Patients requiring urgent care related to their stoma / fistula or immediate condition will be referred to Royal North Shore Hospital for management.
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