Speech Pathology

We help people who are having trouble communicating or swallowing

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of speech pathology related services, for details of the speech pathology services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.

Surgery, illness, old age or disability can affect your ability to communicate

Our speech pathologists help people who have communication or swallowing difficulties.
Communication problems may include difficulty speaking, understanding, reading, writing or expressing what they want to say.

Swallowing problems can manifest as coughing when eating or drinking, getting food stuck in the throat, trouble chewing, drooling or painful swallowing.

We work closely with surgeons, physicians and rehabilitation teams to help people of all ages who have had surgery to the head or neck, a tracheostomy, a stroke, injury or have a disability. 

Our speech pathologists

Our speech pathologists are degree-qualified health professionals with expertise in assessing and managing your ability to communicate, eat, drink and swallow. 

A speech pathologist often works as part of a multidisciplinary team. They may treat you in individual sessions, with your carers or in a group.

They work with doctors and nurses to treat and care for you during and after your treatment in hospital. They also treat outpatients.

Their goals are to support you as you adapt to any challenges you’re facing and to help with your return to optimal functioning.

Our speech pathology services

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

We help people with speech or understanding difficulties due to:

  • Stroke
  • Brain tumour or injury
  • Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases

We also treat:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vocal cord paralysis or fatigue
  • Persistent hoarseness or breathiness
  • Excess clearing of throat
  • Impaired ability to understand or communicate
  • Singers experiencing reduced vocal range or volume, vocal tremor, increased or decreased pitch
  • People requiring accent reduction

Swallowing disorders

Speech pathologists are often called upon to help with swallowing disorders.

A swallowing disorder can affect your ability to be adequately nourished and hydrated. It can also cause embarrassment while eating.

If you have difficulty swallowing, it’s also possible to get food stuck in your windpipe, putting you at risk of pneumonia if food particles enter your lungs. A speech pathologist can assess the cause of the swallowing problem and help with strategies to enable you to swallow more easily and safely.

Your speech pathologist may show you exercises to strengthen the muscles involved in chewing and swallowing. You may also need to modify your diet, sticking to foods that are easy for you to swallow, including softer foods and thicker drinks.


This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering speech pathology services

At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, we have consultant speech pathology services offering expertise, assessment, treatment and management of communication and swallowing difficulties. Our speech pathologists care for people with voice disorders, swallowing disorders, speech and swallowing difficulties and problems with hearing. They work closely alongside teams of medical specialists, nurses and other allied health professionals across a range of medical disciplines including general medicine, geriatric medicine, palliative care, pain medicine and rehabilitation.

Your treating doctor can refer you to one of our speech pathologists.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, speech pathology and audiology services are provided by The Brisbane Speech and Hearing Clinic. The team are a skilled group of speech pathologists offering expertise and experience in the assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing difficulties. Speech pathologists form an important part of our team and work closely alongside medical specialists, nurses and other allied health professionals. Services may be suitable to those who require assessment and management for voice disorders, swallowing disorders and speech and swallowing difficulties. They are often called in to see patients at the request of a specialist.

Your treating doctor can refer you to one of the speech pathologists.

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Speech pathologists are an important part of our team. They are often called in to see patients at the request of a specialist. Dr Jill Lesic & Associates provide consultant speech pathology services to people of all ages who are experiencing swallowing or communication difficulties.
Your treating doctor can refer you to one of our speech pathologists.

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The Mater Hospital is a leading private hospital renowned for its quality care and compassion. We take a holistic approach to healthcare and acknowledge the uniqueness of every patient to create a healing environment that is second to none.

For over 105 years we have worked in partnership with our patients and their families. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. Our facilities include 15 operating theatres, cardiac procedure rooms and an endoscopy suite, ensuring our staff can work together effectively for your safety, wellbeing and recovery.

Your treating doctor can refer you to one of our speech pathologists.

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Please note, outpatient speech pathology services are not available in Toowoomba.

Speech Pathology Services at St Vincent's are provided by an in-hospital team of speech pathologists. The speech pathology team assess and treat patients whose ability to communicate or swallow has been affected, either temporarily or permanently.

Our speech pathologists provide assessment, diagnosis and management of speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders in infants, children, adolescents and adult inpatients and outpatients. They work collaboratively with physicians (including Ear, Nose and Throat specialists), Queensland X-Ray for modified barium swallow assessments, other allied health teams, nursing staff and families.

Each member of the Speech Pathology team is highly trained and experienced across all areas of Speech Pathology, and endeavour to address your current needs, enhance future capacity and create a better future for you and your family.

Contact details Email: TOSpeechPathology@svha.org.au

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