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Speech pathology

The Speech Pathology service at Doutta Galla Community Health Service is provided to children 0 to school entry. A speech pathologist may assess and treat a child presenting with difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

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  • Understanding or using language
  • Producing speech sounds
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Voice problems
  • Eating skills

When to refer to a speech pathologist

A referral should be made to a Speech Pathologist if your child is having difficulty with the following:

  • Understanding what is said to him or her.
  • No babbling with a variety of sounds by 12 months of age.
  • No use of single words by 18 months of age.
  • No two word combinations by 2 1/2 years of age.
  • Your child’s speech is difficult for most people to understand at 3 years of age.
  • Your child repeats, or prolongs sounds or words in his speech for more than a period of 6-12 months.
  • Your child’s speech is nasal or husky.
  • Sucking, chewing or swallowing at any age.
  • You and your family members are concerned about your child’s speech or language

How to refer to a speech pathologist

Referrals can be made by phone 8378 3500 or fax 9374 2866 to the Intake worker at Doutta Galla Community Health Service by:

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  • Parents/carers
  • General Practitioners
  • Maternal and Child Health nurses
  • Kindergarten and pre-school teachers
  • Other professionals and Community Service organisations

Who is eligible for the Paediatric Speech Pathology service?

The eligibility criteria for this service are consistent with the other Doutta Galla Children’s Therapy services.

Pre-school aged children only
Child is not currently on a waiting list for Early Intervention services
Child does not have a diagnosis of Developmental Delay, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or any other physical disability
Child and/or family live, work or attend kinder/crèche within the Cities of Moonee Valley or Melbourne

Is there a fee for the service?

There is a fee for the service depending on your family income:

Health Care Card Holders or family income less than $61,000 - no fee
Family income from $61,000 to $103,000 - $14
Family income more than $103,000 - $90

Group programs:
HCC or low income - no fee
All other families - $10

There is a waiting time for this service. Strategies to encourage speech and language development may be provided at your request.
Private Speech Pathology may be available through the Enhanced Primary Care program which your GP can refer you to. See link below for a list of Private Speech Pathologists

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