Speech Pathology at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9382 1021
Fax: (02) 9382 1200

Location: Allied Health North, Level 0, near the main High Street Enquiries/Admissions counter.

Speech Pathologists at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick provide assessment and therapy for infants and children who have feeding, swallowing and communication difficulties as inpatients and outpatients.

This includes infants and children who:

  • Have difficulty using and/or understanding words and sentences, correctly producing speech sounds or using fluent speech.  
  • Need help with their communication, following neurological events such as stroke or head injury.
  • Have difficulty with swallowing and feeding due to prematurity and/or other medical conditions, including cleft lip and palate, neurological disorders, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, etc. This service may include Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) investigations.

Assessment and therapy is also offered to inpatients who require an augmented communication system, or who are at risk of future speech or language problems (e.g. tracheostomy, seizures, brain tumour).

The department is also responsible for providing education and advice to clients, carers, and other professionals. We offer state-wide professional development opportunities and tertiary consultative services for Speech Pathologists and other health professionals as requested and appropriate.

Download Communications Milestones Kit from Speech Pathology Australia.

Outpatient community services

We offer these services to infants and children living within the northern sector of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

Referrals can be made at any time by parents, teachers, doctors and other health professionals by contacting Allied Health reception on 9382 1021 (Monday – Friday).

The waiting list and service eligibility will be discussed at the time of Intake by a Speech Pathologist.

Services are offered at two locations at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick; within the main Hospital building in the Allied Health North department, and in the Sydney Children’s Hospital Community Health Centre on the corner of Avoca and Barker Streets.

Aboriginal services

We provide an Aboriginal specific Speech Pathology service to the local community.

This includes outreach at the La Perouse Aboriginal Community Health Centre, providing assessment as part of a multidisciplinary developmental assessment team and the provision of therapy and ongoing management as required.

Clinics

Speech Pathologists attend a number of multidisciplinary clinics in the Outpatient or Speech Pathology Departments at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

These include:

  • The Cleft Palate Clinic and Craniofacial Clinic (including Videofluoroscopic palatal studies)
  • Brain Injury Clinic and Intensive Rehabilitation Day Stay Program
  • Cerebral Palsy Clinic    
  • Brain Tumour Clinic
  • Tracheoesophageal Clinic (TOF)
  • Tracheostomy Clinic
  • Feeding Clinic
  • Learning Difficulties Clinic