Speech Pathology


Student Coordinator

Michelle Watling
E: SPstudentcoord@monashhealth.org
Pager: 8083
Working hours: Wednesday 8am to 4pm

Clinical Placement Hours

Clinical placement hours will vary between sites and should be discussed when you contact your agency prior to commencing your clinical placement.

Lunch breaks/morning tea breaks will vary between sites and will be discussed with your clinical educator directly on your first day of placement.


Students are expected to adopt a professional dress code as documented in the allied health student handbook. Your Monash Health student ID badge and university name badge should be worn and visible at all times. Students from Australian Catholic University are expected to wear their ACU clinic uniforms.

Suggested preparation for clinical placements

Prior to your placement, please review the Clinical Education Program (relevant to your year of study and subject being undertaken), including overall objectives, level of expectations and student responsibilities. This information is provided by the university.

Your student coordinator may send you relevant information regarding the clinical specialties you are likely to encounter on placement and put you in contact with your primary clinical educator/s.

Please come to your first day of clinic having considered and completed some elements of the Learning Agreement, available via your university.

Speech Pathology services available at each site

Each Monash Health site provides Speech Pathology services to a range of programs and specialties.

Monash Health Community (MHC)

The philosophy of community health is based on promoting health, well-being and independence within the social model of health; with the particular focus on our diverse and most vulnerable communities, those with or at risk of poorest health status and those most in need. The paediatric services offer allied health/counselling support within a multi/interdisciplinary framework to children with mild to moderate needs and their families. Utilising family-centered practice services are provided through centre and community-based settings, with a focus on preventative and early intervention strategies in partnership and in response to local community needs.

Speech Pathology services are provided to children 0-school entry with priority being given to 0-3yrs. Speech Pathology students placed in community health may be involved in both direct clinical services and/or health promotion programs out in the community. Clinical group programs include BubHub(0-walking), and Toddler Matters(walking-3 yrs) Other programs offer support to those most vulnerable in the community through a number of group programs e.g. Koori Play Group, Mother Goose, Afghan play groups.

Community Rehabilitation Centres (CRCs) and Rehabilitation in the Home (RITH)

Speech Pathologists in Community Rehabilitation provide goal-directed rehabilitation services for adults living in the community. Services may be provided at the rehabilitation centre, within the client’s home, or in the community. Services may include individual or group service delivery models.

Within Community Rehabilitation, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program supports clients in improving their management of chronic respiratory disease. This Program consists of a rolling eight to ten week program providing health and wellbeing education and supervised rehabilitation exercise. Speech Pathology provides assessment, intervention and informational counselling in relation to dysphagia, secretion management and dysphonia associated with chronic respiratory disease.

Casey Hospital

The Speech Pathology team at Casey Hospital provides a wide range of inpatient acute and sub-acute services within the programs of medicine, rehabilitation, palliative care, the emergency department, special care nursery and outpatient services for post-operative voice and video fluoroscopy.

Dandenong Hospital

The Speech Pathology department at Dandenong Hospital provides services to a range of clinical areas including general medical, stroke and neurology services, cardiology, intensive care, head & neck surgery including oral-maxillary facial surgery, sub-acute care and rehabilitation.

Kingston Centre

The Speech Pathology Department at Kingston Centre is part of the Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services (RACS) in Monash Health. Speech Pathologists provide inpatient services across two steams: the Neurological and the General Medicine Streams. Speech pathologists provide assessment, rehabilitation and education to patients & families to facilitate discharge into the community with referral to ongoing speech pathology services as required. There are professional links with Rehabilitation in the Home, Transition Care Program, Community Rehabilitation Centres and other community-based centres.

Monash Medical Centre (MMC) – Clayton

The Speech Pathology department at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton provides adult acute, inpatient services in the areas of general medical, stroke and neurology services, cardiology, intensive care, respiratory, gastroenterology, palliative care, ENT & OMFS and the emergency department.

Moorabbin Hospital

The Speech Pathology department at Monash Moorabbin provides services to acute ENT and Head & Neck Oncology inpatients and outpatients.

Head & Neck Oncology patients planned for surgery at Moorabbin are provided with pre-operative counselling within the ENT Pre-Admission Clinic (PAC).

Individual out-patients sessions are provided for management of tracheostomy and laryngectomy in addition to voice.

Monash Children’s Hospital – Clayton

The Speech Pathology team at Monash Children’s Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient feeding and communication assessments/management. We treat children with acquired brain injuries, craniofacial anomalies (i.e. cleft lip and palate), respiratory conditions, developmental disorders (i.e. Autism Spectrum Disorder) and children born prematurely.

Videofluoroscopy is completed on site for the assessment of swallowing difficulties.

Early in Life Mental Health Service (ELMHS) – Clayton

The Stepping Stones Adolescent Psychiatric Unit is a 15 Inpatient bed, 5 Transition (Day) bed unit that provides care for adolescents within the broader Early in Life Mental Health Service (ELMHS), Monash Health. The Adolescent Unit provides mental health interventions to adolescents who present with acute and severe mental health problems, associated high-risk factors and have difficulties maintaining their own safety and the safety of others.

Reasons for referral for Speech and Language assessment may relate to:

  • Differential diagnosis particularly in the case of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Understanding what role communication skills – strengths and deficits play in overall psychiatric presentation
  • Assessing nonverbal communication/pragmatics role to complement  assessments that may already be done
  • Support to treating clinician about how to manage therapy i.e. recommendations about most suitable treatment especially if language impaired.
  • Speech and Language assessments can be conducted for all developmental stages from infancy to youth. Types of assessment may include;
  • Pragmatic observation/Interview schedules for social communication skills
  • Language assessments plus: More than just basic language assessment – such as metalinguistic skills assessment
  • Consultation across developmental stages to provide recommendations, advice regarding management plans and vocational direction