Adult Services

Adult Speech 

 Speech Pathology

Adult inpatients - hospital and rehabilitation

About Us  

Speech Pathologists care for and support people with communication and/or swallowing difficulties. 

 Communication problems can include:  

  • Difficulty understanding what people are saying   
  • Difficulty speaking (trouble finding words, slurred speech)  
  • Difficulty reading and/or writing  
  • Voice changes

Swallowing problems can include:  

  • Coughing when eating and drinking  
  • Feeling that food gets stuck in your throat  
  • Difficulty chewing  

What We Do  

Speech Pathologists work at all sites, and can provide follow-up care through one of our community programs. 

Speech Pathologists work with people and their families and carers to:  

  • Diagnose the type of communication and/or swallowing difficulty.  
  • Provide advice and support.  
  • Support goal settings relevant to each individual and their situation.   
  • Provide therapy to support the communication or swallowing skills needed to reach these goals.  


Patients who are in hospital can be referred by any member of the healthcare team via the Electronic Medical Record.   

 Speech Pathology General Enquiries-   

  • Frankston Hospital and Rosebud Hospital       
    (03) 9784 2655
  • The Mornington Centre                                  
    (03) 5976 9000  
  • Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre             
    (03) 9784 8653 

Head of Department – Michelle Sargent   


Community Rehabilitation Program

Services Provided

Community Rehabilitation offers speech pathology assessment and therapy for adults who are not in hospital. It is a short-term rehabilitation program that can help individuals reach their communication and swallowing goals. 

Location and Contact Details

Centres are based in Frankston, Rosebud or Mornington. Home based services are also available for people who require them.

Frankston Community Rehabilitation Centre
125 Golf Links Road
Frankston Vic, 3199
Phone: (03) 9784 8799

Mornington Community Rehabilitation Centre
24 Separation Street
Mornington Vic, 3931
Phone: (03) 5976 9000

Rosebud Community Rehabilitation Program
1527 Point Nepean Road
Capel Sound, Vic 3940
Phone: (03) 5986 0699


Ask your doctor or other health professional to refer to us. They can refer by contacting ACCESS:

Phone: 1300 665 781

Stroke Detours Program (SDP)

Services Provided

This is a program for people who have had a stroke.

People who have had a stroke may benefit from leaving hospital sooner and receiving rehabilitation at home. The stroke detours team includes a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, social worker and an allied health assistant.


Our team provides rehabilitation in your own home. You will also have access to a doctor and nurse at our clinic.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

If you have a stroke and are a patient at a Peninsula Health hospital, your medical team will determine whether you are suitable for the Stroke Detours Program.

How To Refer

Clients are referred to our program by Peninsula Health medical staff only.

Contact Details

Stroke Detours Program (03) 9788 1787.

Transition Care Program (TCP)

Services Provided

The speech pathologist works as part of the multidisciplinary team to support patients and their families/carers in achieving their goals related to swallowing and communication, maximising independence and providing support and education in transitioning safely out of hospital. 

TCP provides:

  • Short term care for older people when they leave hospital
  • Low intensity therapy and more time to recover
  • Support in planning for future care needs
  • Care for up to 12 weeks


The Program has 50 beds across two residential care facilities and 25 home-based beds within Peninsula Health’s catchment area. Our Residential Care Facilities are based at:

Regis Shelton Manor
93 Ashleigh Avenue,
Frankston Vic, 3199.
Ph: 03 9789 6999
(35 beds)

Royal Freemasons Mount Martha Valley
130 Country Club Drive
Safety Beach Vic, 3936
Ph: 5981 8444
(15 beds)

How To Refer

Clients are accepted onto the TCP program after referral to and assessment by TCP’s Clinical Nurse Consultants. Referral for Speech Pathology Services within TCP are accepted from referring agencies or TCP team members.

Contact Details

For further information contact Reception on (03) 9788 1803.

Community Health – Allied Health Outreach

Services Provided

Allied Health Outreach works together with the people of our community to enhance their wellbeing and independence at home. Our team includes Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Allied Health Assistants and a Carpenter. Outreach Speech Pathology is available to clients, over 18 years of age and provides home and/or centre based assessment and intervention for longer term difficulties or communication. 

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Main criteria include:

  • Living in Mornington Peninsula or Frankston City Council areas
  • Being eligible for HACC or CHSP funded services.

If you want to seek speech pathology services, please contact our ACCESS team and discuss your concerns to find the most suitable speech pathology service for your needs.

How To Refer To Outreach Speech Pathology

  • If you are younger than 65 years of age, contact ACCESS on 1300 665 781
  • If you are older than 65 years of age, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
  • If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you can contact My Aged Care for a referral if you are older than 50 years of age.

Community Health – NDIS Adult Service

Services Provided

The Adult NDIS Team works with NDIS participants older than 18 years. Participants will have a funded permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to communicate or swallow food , drink or saliva where this impacts on the management of their  daily activities (including community participation, work, and independence). 

The NDIS Adult team focus on capacity building strategies, such as:

  • Texture modified diet and fluid preparation.
  • Effective communication at home and in the community
  • Key word sign training
  • Cognitive communication difficulties in relation to activities of daily living
  • Formal/informal training and support for carers and support staff
  • Development and prescription of communication aids

Communication aids prescription:

  • Electronic (e.g. Speech generating devices, communication apps)
  • Non-electronic aids (e.g. picture books, yes/no cards)
  • Eating and drinking aids

Inclusion criteria:

  • From 18 to 65 years of age
  • Living in Mornington Peninsula Shire or Frankston City Council areas, or parts of the City of Kingston and Casey areas
  • Having a current NDIS plan with funding allocated for “Improved daily living (CB Daily Activity)”

Location and Contact Details

The NDIS Adult Team speech pathologists conduct appointments in home and community settings across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Centre-based appointments at Rosebud, Hastings, Mornington and Frankston can also be arranged.

How to refer to Adult NDIS Team Speech Pathology

Contact ACCESS on 1300 665 781