Speech Pathology

About Us

Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat swallowing and communication disorders. At the John Hunter Hospital, speech pathologists may provide assessment and therapy for patients who have speech, language and/or swallowing difficulties following a medical illness or surgery. We may provide intervention for patients who have:​

  • ​swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
  • difficulties with speech or language (e.g. dysarthria, dyspraxia, aphasia)
  • cognitive-communication and / or high level language difficulties
  • voice disorders (dysphonia)
  • laryngeal hyper-responsiveness including vocal cord dysfunction / PVFM, chronic cough, and globus sensation
  • a laryngectomy
  • a tracheostomy​​.

Higher risk patient groups who may require a Speech Pathologist might include, but are not limited to:

  • ​​​​stroke
  • head injury or brain injury
  • head and neck cancer and other head and neck conditions
  • neurodegenerative disorders
  • respiratory conditions
  • dementia, delirium, or confusion.

Services are available to all inpatients of John Hunter Hospital and to outpatients who meet the eligibility criteria.

A medical referral is required for all Speech Pathology referrals. A respiratory medicine physician or otolaryngologist referral is required for patients referred with voice disorders laryngeal hyper-responsiveness. 

John Hunter Hospital speech pathologists may also facilitate referrals to local speech pathologists.


Speech Pathology Service
Level 2, Allied Health, John Hunter Hospital​