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The Royal Children's Hospital Speech Pathology department offers outpatient services as part of the following services/clinics:
Speech Pathologists also work in the following RCH programs:
Referrals for outpatient Speech Pathology should be either
Central Intake Specialist Clinics on Fax (03) 9345 5034
Central IntakeRCH Specialist ClinicsThe Royal Children’s Hospital50 Flemington Rd Parkville Victoria, 3052
To ensure appropriate and timely review and triage of referrals please ensure the following information is included:
Referrals are only accepted from GPs, Paediatricians or other relevant medical specialists. Families cannot self-refer.
Referrals for second opinion assessments are accepted from Speech Pathologists, please complete the Speech Pathology Second Opinion Referral Form and must be accompanied by a recent assessment report completed by the managing Speech Pathologist.
The RCH Speech Pathology department offers a consultative assessment service for outpatients. Ongoing therapy is not offered and is best provided in the community. Some referrals will not be accepted if a Speech Pathology service in the community would more appropriately meet the child’s needs.
Outpatient referrals are only accepted on the basis of:
1) Requirement of tertiary-level Speech Pathology assessment and recommendations prior to, or following, an acute RCH admission/interventionOR2) Requirement of tertiary-level Speech Pathology assessment and recommendations for a communication or swallowing issue relating to a complex medical conditionOR3) Tertiary-level Speech Pathology assessment or second opinion is required to make recommendations concerning management
If you require further information regarding Speech Pathology referrals, please contact the Speech Pathology Manager.
Some local hospitals and community health centres offer publically funded paediatric Speech Pathology services. They should be contacted individually to determine what services are available.
Your patient may be best managed by a private Speech Pathologist closer to home, including if they have Speech Pathology as part of their NDIS package. You can search for a Speech Pathologist in their local area through the ‘Find a Speech Pathologist’ function of the Speech Pathology Australia website.
A Videofluoroscopy Swallowing Study (VFSS) is recommended when there is concern about how well a child or infant swallows, how well the airway is protected during swallowing, and/or how well food moves from the mouth through the oesophagus. A Videofluoroscopy may be considered if some of the following symptoms occur regularly and haven’t improved after intervention with a Speech Pathologist:
All patients referred for a Videofluoroscopy will be invited to attend a clinical swallowing assessment with an RCH Speech Pathologist prior to being booked for a Videofluoroscopy. Community Speech Pathologists are encouraged to attend these appointments where possible.
Please note: A Videofluoroscopy is a different procedure to a barium meal, barium swallow, or barium follow-through.
The Speech Pathology Department can be contacted on (03) 9345 9300 between 8.30am and 5.00pm. As we are often treating children during the day we may not be able to take your call immediately but we will call you back as soon as we can.