Speech Pathology - Community Health & Rehabilitation Services (CH&RS)

What service is provided?

Community Health and Rehabilitation Services (CH&RS) speech pathologists are trained allied health professionals who assess and treat communication disorders in children:

  • Aged up to six years, prior to school entry
  • With a speech delay and difficult to understand
  • With a language delay (not children with a cognitive or developmental delay)
  • With a stutter
  • With voice difficulties

Children who have a diagnosed disability or suspected developmental delay are ineligible for Barwon Health's community health speech pathology services. There are specialised programs available for children with disabilities or developments delays and these cases should be referred to Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS).

On acceptance of referral, the child and their family will be offered an appointment at a screening clinic at the nearest Barwon Community Health Centre listed above. The purpose of this clinic is to determine eligibility, gather further information from the family and assess the child's communication skills.

Once eligible, the speech pathologist and family will discuss goals and options for follow-up services that may include:

  • Further assessment
  • Group or individual therapy
  • Parent training/workshops
  • Liaison with other health professionals
  • Support with transition to school

To summarise the process for CH&RS speech pathology services:
Referral to Information & Access -> Screening Clinic at Community Health Centre -> Child & family receives speech pathology services

  • Address:

    Belmont Community Health Centre: 1-17 Reynolds Road, Belmont 3216

    Corio Community Health Centre: 2 Gellibrand Street, Corio 3214

    Newcomb Community Health Centre: 104-108 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb 3219

    Torquay Community Health Centre: 100 Surfcoast Highway, Torquay 3228

  • Contact Hours:

    8.30am to 5:00 Monday to Friday

  • Car Parking:


  • Phone Number:

    CH&RS Information and Access Service 1300 715 673

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.