Speech Pathology

Speech pathology services across Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group (FSFHG) treat inpatients and outpatients at both Fiona Stanley Hospital and Fremantle Hospital (external site).

Our speech pathologists assess, diagnose and treat people experiencing difficulties with:

  • swallowing
  • communication
  • speech
  • language
  • voice.

The Speech Pathology department works as part of the multidisciplinary team to:

  • assess and manage patients with communication and/or swallowing difficulties
  • provide specialist services in stroke, traumatic brain injury, head and neck cancer, tracheostomy, voice, motor neurone disease, functional neurological disorder, Parkinson’s disease and paediatric feeding disorders.

Specialist clinics are run to deliver instrumental swallow studies including fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and videofluoroscopy swallow studies (VFSS).

Outpatient clinic locations

Your outpatient appointment letter will advise whether your appointment is at Fiona Stanley Hospital or Fremantle Hospital (external site) and the location of the outpatient. Details for our outpatient clinics can be found in the right-hand column of this page.

Home based rehabilitation videos

The following videos complement our speech pathology treatments at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals. Your speech pathologist will recommend the best, evidenced based treatment for you.

 

Swallowing rehabilitation

Your speech pathologist may recommend you use an expiratory muscle strength trainer (EMST) to help maintain or improve your ability to swallow food, fluid, saliva and medication.

This video will guide you through a complete EMST practice session. You can pause, fast forward or rewind the video at any point as desired.

Voice rehabilitation

If you have Parkinson’s disease, your speech pathologist may recommend you complete a series of voice activities on a regular basis. These can help you maintain and improve how loud your voice is and how clearly you speak.

This video demonstrates a complete voice strengthening practice session including a warm-up. You can pause, fast forward or rewind the video at any point as desired.

Inpatient referrals

The department provides inpatient services to all ward areas at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals based on e-Referral, verbal or paged referrals.

Outpatient referrals

e-Referrals must be sent to the Speech Pathology department highlighting the service required.

Please note patients must reside in the FSFHG catchment area. Waiting lists do apply and patients are prioritised on clinical need.

Fiona Stanley Hospital outpatient referrals

The Fiona Stanley Hospital Speech Pathology department offers outpatient services to patients under the medical governance of a FSFHG specialty outpatient clinic.

Please note Fiona Stanley Hospital speech pathology outpatient clinics at do not accept:

  • direct GP referrals
  • nursing home patients for outpatient services.

Fremantle Hospital outpatient referrals

Fremantle Hospital speech pathology outpatient clinics do accept:

  • GP referrals
  • nursing home patients for instrumental dysphagia assessments (providing the patient has a managing speech pathologist in the community who can provide handover and implement recommendations).

More information

Read more about speech pathology (Healthy WA).

Contact us

Fiona Stanley Hospital patients

Call our Helpdesk on 6152 2222 for all queries.

Fremantle Hospital patients

Call the Speech Pathology Department directly on 9431 2811.

Fiona Stanley Hospital outpatient clinics

Allied Health 1
Ground floor of the main hospital, on the east side of the main concourse.

Clinic 5
Ground floor of the main hospital, on the south side of the main concourse.

Level 1, State Rehabilitation Centre

The main entrance to Fiona Stanley Hospital is accessed off Robin Warren Drive. View the FSH hospital map.

Fremantle outpatient clinics

D4 Community Rehabilitation clinic

B4 General Outpatient clinic

The main entrance to Fremantle Hospital is accessed of Alma St. View the FH hospital map.

Opening hours

Outpatients

Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals
8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Inpatients

Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals
8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Fiona Stanley Hospital weekend hours
8.30-1.00pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Visit Healthy WA

Link to Healthy WA – health info for your family.