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Adult Speech Pathology

 Speech Pathology


Acute Speech Pathology services are provided at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals. Speech Pathologists diagnose and provide treatment plans for patients presenting with swallowing and communication impairments.

All patients admitted with an acute stroke are seen by a Speech Pathologist.

A videofluoroscopy clinic is available at Frankston Hospital for inpatients and outpatients requiring instrumental assessment of their swallowing. In addition to these services patients admitted with a laryngectomy and patients requiring support with weaning from tracheostomy are seen by a Speech Pathologist.

How To Refer

Referrals to Speech Pathology can be made from any member of the medical, nursing and allied health team.

Referrals are made verbally, via an internal paging system or a referral line.

Contact Details

Speech Pathology Department
Frankston Hospital
Phone (03) 9784 2655

Speech Pathology Department
Rosebud Hospital
Phone (03) 5986 9291


Subacute Speech Pathology services include Rehabilitation, Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) and Supportive and Palliative Care. These are provided at Golf Links Road (Frankston), Rosebud Hospital and The Mornington Centre.

Speech Pathologists work with people who have difficulty with:

  • Chewing/swallowing
  • Communication
  • Cognition (thinking)

Speech Pathologists work as part of the multidisciplinary team to support patients and their families/carers in achieving their goals and maximising independence and wellbeing. Speech Pathology also offers extra conversation opportunities to patients through group work.

How To Refer To Speech Pathology

Referrals to Speech Pathology can be made from any member of the medical, nursing or allied health team.

Contact Details

Speech Pathology Department
Golf Links Road
Phone (03) 9784 8653

Speech Pathology Department
The Mornington Centre
Phone: (03) 5976 9000

Speech Pathology Department
Rosebud Hospital
Phone (03) 5986 0666

Community Rehabilitation Program

Services Provided

Community Rehabilitation offers assessment and therapy for adults who are not in hospital. It is a short-term program that can help individuals reach their communication and swallowing goals. Appointments cost $10 per week or $15 for more than one appointment in a week.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Main criteria include:

  • One or more goals that can be achieved
  • Living in Mornington Peninsula or Frankston City Council areas. We also provide services to people living in a small number of suburbs within the Kingston City Council area.

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

How To Refer To Speech Pathology

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

Phone: 1300 665 781
Fax: (03) 9784 2309

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.

Movement Disorders Program

Services Provided

Speech Pathologists in the Movement Disorders Program (MDP) can help with communication, swallowing and saliva problems related to Parkinson’s disease or similar illnesses. This may involve assessment, strategy training and therapy.

One appointment costs $10. More than one appointment in a week will cost $15. Groups are $5 per visit.


MDP is at Rosebud, Mornington and Frankston (Golf Links Road).

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

To be eligible for MDP a person must have Parkinson’s or a similar illness such as:

  • Drug induced Parkinsonism
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Steele Richardson’s disease
  • Shy Drager Syndrome
  • Multi System Atrophy
  • Cortico-basal ganglionic degeneration

People can also attend if they think they might have one of these illnesses.

How To Refer

To see a Speech Pathologist in MDP, please contact ACCESS on 1300 665 781.

To see a doctor on MDP a referral from a GP is required.

Contact Details

Frankston Movement Disorders Program – (03) 9784 8799
Mornington Movement Disorders Program – (03) 5976 9000
Rosebud Movement Disorders Program – (03) 5986 0699

Useful resources

Movement Disorders Program Web Page 

Transition Care Program (TCP)

Services Provided

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 within a residential care facility and 15 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 people who have a progressive or chronic condition affecting swallowing (dysphagia) or communication and who have goals relating to improving their independence, safety, level of function and life participation.

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.

Location and Contact Details

The Outreach speech pathologist is based at Hastings Community Health Centre and is available to see people in their own homes or at Frankston, Rosebud or Mornington Community Health Centres.

Hastings Community Health Centre
185 High Street, Hastings, 3915
03 5971 9100

Home based service for people unable to access a centre.

How To Refer To Outreach Speech Pathology

  • If you are under 65 years of age, contact ACCESS on 1300 665 781
  • If you are over 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 over 50 years of age.

Community Health – NDIS Adult Service

Services Provided

The Adult NDIS Team works with NDIS participants aged between 18 and 65 years. Participants will have a funded permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to manage daily activities (including community participation, work, and independence). Key services include:

Assessment, diagnosis and management for:

  • Swallowing (Oropharyngeal – mouth and throat) disorders
  • Speech
  • Language
  • Fluency e.g. stuttering disorder


Capacity building strategies:

  • 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


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
  • 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