Swallowing Services

Enjoy mealtime with your loved ones

Swallowing difficulties can occur at any time in your life and usually occur as a symptom of a health condition. Dysphagia is the medical term for a swallowing disorder.

Dysphagia can be caused by several conditions, including:

  • Neurological conditions (e.g., following a stroke, head injury and as a result of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, dementia, among others)
  • Structural conditions (e.g., head and neck cancers)
  • Physiological conditions (e.g., respiratory disease)
  • Age
  • Disability

The goals of swallowing treatment/intervention are as follows:

  • Ensure safety of oral intake
  • Ensure safety of taking medications
  • Minimise risk of aspiration
  • Minimise risk of chest infections/pneumonia/choking
  • Maintain hydration and nutrition
  • Promote quality of life

Our approach centres on...

Empathy, Respect, Care
Confidentiality, Transparency, Professionalism
Quality Standards, Continuing Competence

What we do

Clinical swallowing assessments in clinic, private homes, hospitals, and residential care facilities

Nursing and catering staff education and training in dysphagia and The IDDSI Framework

Swallowing rehabilitation utilising traditional and novel approaches

Food texture and drink thickness advice to improve swallowing safety

Optimise end of life mealtime experiences and facilitate family informed decision-making

Facilitate referral for objective swallowing assessments - VFSS/MBS and FEES

How could you benefit from speech pathology: signs & symptoms

Are you experiencing one or more of the below signs or symptoms?

  • Difficulty or pain on swallowing
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Food or fluid falling from the mouth or pocketing in the cheeks
  • A feeling that food or drink gets stuck in the throat
  • A feeling that food or drink is going the wrong way
  • Long meal times or eating slowly
  • Coughing, choking or frequent throat clearing at mealtimes
  • Breathing changes when eating and drinking
  • Avoiding certain foods because they are difficult to swallow
  • Unplanned weight loss due to avoiding foods or finding it hard to eat
  • Frequent chest infections with no known cause

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, enquire today to book an appointment with us.

Why choose us?

Advanced techniques

We utilise both traditional and novel therapeutic approaches, alongside dietary modifications to maximise swallowing safety and enhance your quality of life.

Safe eating advice

We provide expert advice on food texture and drink thickness, ensuring mealtime safety without compromising the joy of eating.

Home visits and telehealth options

At no extra cost, we can support you in the comfort of your own home or in residential aged care.

Referral assistance

We recognise the importance of accurate diagnosis so we facilitate referrals for objective swallowing assessments like VFSS/MBS and FEES for targeted therapy.

Manage mealtimes while maintaining dignity, comfort, and enjoyment.

Whether you are enquiring for yourself, a family member, or an adult in your care, 

enquire today and book an appointment.

Or call us on 0430 271 622