Speech Pathology

Tasmanian Health Service - North West Region

The North West Regional Hospital Speech Pathology Department provides services at two sites: Burnie (NWRH) and the Devonport Community and Health Services Centre.

North West Regional Hospital

The Speech Pathology Department provides assessment and management services for patients with swallowing difficulties and / or communication impairments:

  • Inpatients of the NWRH, including paediatrics
  • Patients on the Rehabilitation Unit 
  • North West Private Hospital, when a comparable service is not available in the private sector 
  • Adult Outpatients
  • Drop In Clinic

Inpatient / Outpatient

The Speech Pathology Department accepts referrals from all sources, including self referral. These may be written (letter or Allied Health Professional Services Referral Form)  or verbal (in person or over the telephone).

Referrals from the NWRH are managed according to internal procedures.

North West Private Hospital

Referrals from the North West Private Hospital are accepted on the Allied Health Professional Services Referral Form and may be faxed to the Speech Pathology Department on 6464 1928.


Rehabilitation referrals should be directed via the Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) on Rehabilitation ward. 

Contact Us

The Speech Pathology Department is located in the Specialist Clinics area of the NWRH.

Phone:  (03) 6493 6191 (Speech Pathology)
Fax:   (03) 6464 1928
Address:  PO Box 258, Burnie. TAS 7320

Devonport Community and Health Services Centre

Speech Pathology services provided at Devonport include individual and group therapy, consultative services and home programming for children with problems in the areas of language, speech, voice, fluency, eating, literacy and swallowing.

Those eligible to access the service include:

  • Children aged between 0 – 4 years who are not accessing another speech pathology service or Early Childhood Intervention Services
  • School-aged children enrolled in private schools who are not eligible to receive Speech Pathology support through their school.

The Speech Pathology Department accepts referrals from all sources that are written (letter or Paediatric Speech Pathology Referral Form) or verbal (in person or over the telephone).

Contact Us
Phone:   (03) 6421 7720
Fax:    (03)6441 5946
Address:   23 Steele Street, Devonport. TAS 7310.

Drop In Clinic

The Drop In Clinic is a free consultative service for parents and caregivers who are concerned about their child’s development. Services represented are: Dental (Burnie only), Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Speech Pathology. The service is mainly for pre-school children but school age children may also attend. No referral or appointment is required.

Parents may attend the Drop In Clinic to get advice from a Speech Pathologist about a range of issues including feeding (breast/bottle feeding, getting on to solids), slow speech development, difficulty understanding the child’s speech, stuttering etc.

The Drop In Clinic operates once a month, from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm from February through to December:

The Devonport Community and Health Services Centre: on the first Thursday of the month, in Meeting Room 1.

North West Regional Hospital, Burnie: on the second Thursday of the month, in either the Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy Departments.