Being able to communicate with other people is an essential human need as it allows you to express yourself, share your thoughts and interact with family and friends.
If you are experiencing challenges with communicating perhaps due to a stroke, Parkinson’s disease or another medical condition, you may feel distressed or frustrated.
Working with a qualified Speech Pathologist at an ECH Wellness Centre may help you to improve your communication if you are experiencing difficulty articulating or understanding speech or if you have difficulty chewing and swallowing.
What should I expect?
During your initial consultation in your home or at one of the ECH Wellness Centres, your Speech Pathologist will conduct a full assessment of your speech disorder and then work with you to develop a personalised and evidence-based treatment plan. They will identify your goals to improve your language abilities and/or swallowing difficulties and work with you to achieve them.
No matter your age, ECH Wellness Centre services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you have private health insurance you may be able to seek rebates from your provider. If you are aged 65 years or over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) and you may be able to use some of this funding to access ECH Wellness services, including speech pathology.
If you have a chronic health condition, speak to your GP about how you might be able to access ECH speech pathology services under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).
To learn more about ECH speech pathology services or to book a consultation, call ECH on 1300 275 324.