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More than just improving your speech

Beyond enhancing your speech, speech pathologists can also assist if you have communication or swallowing difficulties. Our Speech Pathologist Georgie Forsberg explains how. 

2 Nov 2017

St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital speech pathology 

What does a speech pathologist do?

Most people think speech pathologists work solely on improving your speech. This can mean working with you as a child or as an adult to help you overcome a lisp or stutter.

However, speech pathologists can help with a much broader range of conditions, including:

  • communication difficulties after a stroke or brain injury
  • swallowing difficulties
  • neurological conditions affecting speech such as Parkinson’s Disease
  • voice disorders.

What to expect

  • A thorough individual assessment to identify your communication or swallowing issues, which may include a videofluroscopy (a swallow x-ray) to further assess swallowing difficulties
  • Diagnosis and development of a treatment plan taking into account your personal goals
  • Education and advice
  • Collaboration with your doctor and specialist as needed

Interested in speech pathology? 

We offer both speech pathology outpatient and casual appointments. 

Have a referral from your GP or Specialist? 

If you have a referral, please call to commence your outpatient rehabilitation program.
Tel: (03) 9788 3350

No referral?

Our casual speech pathology appointments do not require a doctor referral and are available to anyone in the community, you do not need to have been a patient in our hospital. 

Please note: A GP referral is required for a Chronic Disease Management Scheme and DVA claiming.

Complete an enquiry form or contact our Active Health and Wellbeing caregiver team to make an appointment.

Tel: (03) 9788 3331

St John of God Frankston Hospital allied health
Georgia Forsberg Speech Pathologist

About the Author

Georgia has over twenty years’ clinical experience as a speech pathologist working with adults. Her expertise in Parkinson’s disease has assisted with the implementation of the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT®) program at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital, providing specialist voice therapy for Parkinson’s patients. She is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia and continues to contribute to student supervision through La Trobe University and Melbourne University Clinical Education Programs.