Adult Speech and Language Clinics

For adults with aphasia (difficulty speaking or understanding) or dysarthria (slurred speech).

Aphasia friendly information

The Adult Speech and Language Program at the University of Melbourne offers specialised, intensive therapy clinics for adults with aphasia or dysarthria. These clinics run throughout the year.

Who are these clinics for?

The Aphasia Intensive Program is suitable for people who have been living with aphasia for at least 6 months.

The Dysarthria Intensive Program is suitable for people with dysarthria following a stroke, and suitable for people with dysarthria as a symptom of a progressive neurological disorder (For example: Parkinsons Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Freidrich Ataxia)

How are these clinics run?

All of our clinics involve students in assessment and intervention. Student speech pathologists are supported by an expert speech pathologist throughout appointments, and either or both may be in the room with you for your appointments.

  • Dysarthria Intensive Program

    This program runs for 5 weeks. Up to 3 appointments are booked each week. Appointments are 60 minutes long.

    Assessments are completed during the first week and you will receive a written report.

    The program may be clinic based (face to face with your speech pathologist) or via a computer based home program.

    You may be invited to participate in research about dysarthria.

    Dysarthria Intervention Computer-Based Home Program

    The Dysarthria Intervention Home Program was developed by A/Prof Adam Vogel from the Centre of Neuroscience of Speech. The program is supported by a computer-based application that provides instructions for daily home practice.

    Assessment is completed at the Speech Pathology Clinic before commencing the program. You then attend the Speech Pathology Clinic once a week in person or via Skype for 4 weeks to support you with the program.

    You are required to supply your own laptop to complete this program.

  • Aphasia Intensive program

    This program runs for five weeks. Up to three appointments are booked each week. Appointments are 90 minutes long, and are face-to-face at our clinic. Assessment is completed in the first week, and you will receive a written report.

    Evidence-based intervention is provided. There may be an opportunity for group sessions. You may be invited to participate in research about aphasia.

What are the fees?

Each program has a total program fee of $250 (concession: $150) This rate covers all sessions including assessment and treatment, and may be paid in two instalments.

Concession rates for our clinics are available for those with a valid Health Care Card.

Due to requirements of Private Health insurers and Medicare, services provided by The University of Melbourne Speech Pathology Clinic are not refundable through Medicare or Private health insurers. We also do not currently offer services through NDIS.

Do I need a referral?

No, you can contact us directly to discuss your suitability for this clinic. If you wish to discuss the clinic with your doctor or speech pathologist, they can also contact us to find out more.

To make an appointment

Request an appointment

Where is the clinic?

Level 1: 550 Swanston Street Carlton

  • Close to public transport
  • Disabled parking available near to the clinic
  • Wheel-chair friendly

You will be sent details about accessing the clinic when you make your first appointment.