We provide an inpatient and outpatient service.
We provide the following service to adults who are experiencing communication and swallowing difficulties:
- Assessment / Consultation of communication and swallowing impairments
- Communication therapy
- Voice therapy
- Swallowing management and review
- Swallowing rehabilitation, including sEMG
- LSVT services for Parkinson's disease
- LSVT maintenance group
- Swallowing x-rays (Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study-VFSS, also known as Modified Barium Swallow)
We care for and treat people with a range of conditions, including:
- Parkinson's disease
- Other neurological conditions, such as Motor Neurone Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, etc.
- Head injuries
- Head and neck surgery
- Voice difficulties
- Respiratory difficulties
- Or the patient may have no known problem, however still experiencing communication and/or swallowing difficulties
In addition to the services described above, the Speech Pathology Department provides a number of specialty services:
Videofluorscopic Swallow Study- VFSS (Also known as Modified Barium Swallow Examination)
A Videofluoroscopic Swallow study (VFSS) is a moving x-ray of swallowing. It allows visualisation of oral and pharyngeal structure, examines physiology with different food/fluid types, bolus sizes and effect of compensatory strategies. A bedside/clinical examination by a Speech Pathologist is usually conducted before a VFSS.
Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is an objective swallow assessment that allows for direct visualisation of the structures and physiology of swallowing. This is performed at the patient's bedside or in the Speech Pathology clinic in Bernard Curran Rehabilitation Unit. This enables assessment of swallow function, compensatory swallow positions or techniques and can be used as biofeedback for the patient in swallow therapy.
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy
LSVT stands for the Lee Silverman Voice Technique. It is an extensively researched intensive voice treatment program developed to improve the speech and voice in patients with Parkinson's disease. The goal is to improve the intelligibility of a person's speech by increasing vocal loudness. There is also evidence to demonstrate improvements in vocal quality, speech articulation, facial expression, posture and swallowing. Individuals who participate in LSVT are first required to attend an ENT examination to make sure there are no contraindications to participating in therapy.