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Counties Manukau Health Speech Language Therapy

Public Service, Allied Health


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


What is Speech Language Therapy?

Speech Language Therapy involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of a person’s speech, language, cognition, voice, eating, drinking or swallowing. Such disorders may originate in the brain, ear or anywhere along the vocal tract.

Common treatments may involve activities using words and pictures to assist in communication, physical strengthening exercises, and teaching strategies that help to develop effective communication and make swallowing safer.

Speech language therapists may work in hospital wards or in outpatient departments with babies, children or adults with conditions ranging from feeding difficulties in infants, children with speech or language disorders to adults with communication problems following stroke.

What is a Speech Language Therapist?

Speech Language Therapists are qualified health professionals who work with adults, children or babies with communication disorders and/or difficulty swallowing food and/or drink. Communication disorders can involve impairments of one or more communication modalities, which include speech, writing, reading, signs, symbols and gestures.

Counties Manukau Health Speech Language Therapists can provide: 

  • assessment and differential diagnosis of communication and/or swallowing difficulty
  • intervention, which may be therapy and/or management
  • information, education, advice, and support to patients, carers and families
  • interdisciplinary casework management with the wider clinical team
  • collaboration and liaison with community groups such as the Volunteer Stroke Scheme, Stroke Association, Parkinson’s NZ, Motor Neuron Disease Association, Talk Link Trust
  • assessment and advice about use of communication aids.

Conditions that may require SLT input include but are not limited to:

  • stroke
  • cancer - head and neck, brain, and lung

  • progressive neurological conditions – such as:
  •  - Parkinson’s Disease / Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  •  - Multiple Systems Atrophy
  •  - Huntington’s disease
  •  - Motor Neuron Disease
  •  - Multiple Sclerosis
  •  - Dementia
  •  - Primary Progressive Aphasia
  •  - Friedreich’s Ataxia
  •  - Muscular Dystrophy
    • intellectual disability (dysphagia cases)

    • trauma to head and neck or spine

    • congenital conditions.

    • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    • palliative care.


    Children (can be referred to the Ministry of Education, Special Education services, or Kidz First Child Development Team).

    Residents in a Private Hospital or Rest Home. Speech-Language Therapy services need to be contracted privately by the Resthome/Private Hospital. Private therapists can be found on:

    Referral Expectations

    For a referral to access Speech Language Therapy Services please contact your GP or specialist.


    Services are free for NZ residents.


    8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

    Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


    • Acute Allied Health (AAH)

      Adult inpatient services.

      We work as part of the multidisciplinary team on the adult medical and surgical wards.… More

    • Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation Services (AT&R)

      Adult inpatient rehabilitation services.

      Comprehensive assessment and management of adults aged over 16 years in AT&R (short term inpatient rehabilitation) with acquired communication and/or swallowing disorders. … More

    • Counties Manukau Home Healthcare Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)

      We see adults aged 16 years and older who present with swallowing and/or communication difficulties.… More

    • Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team (CSR)

      Adult community service for stroke rehabilitation.
      The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team (CSR) provides a client centred, culturally appropriate, goal focused, interdisciplinary rehabilitation service for stroke in the environment of choice, across the spectrum of physical function, activity and social participation.… More

    • Voice/ORL Clinic

      Speech Language Therapy Service
      ORL/ENT Department
      This is a part-time outpatient service providing assessment and therapy for adults with voice disorders.… More

    • Kidz First

      We work as part of the multidisciplinary team on the NICU, Kidz First, and maternity wards.… More

    • Kidz First Child Development Team

      Community paediatric service for children with disabilities.
      A community based service team, providing therapy and social work to assist children with disabilities (including Down syndrome, global developmental delay and cleft lip and/or palate) and their family/whanau achieve their full potential in their daily lives.… More

    Contact Details

    Middlemore Hospital

    South Auckland

    8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

    Patient Enquiries (09) 276 5004 or 0800 266 513
    Information or Visiting Hours (09) 270 4799
    Outpatient appointments & surgical booking enquiries:
    Ph (09) 277 1660  or O800 266 513

    Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 276 0000 or
    FREEPHONE 0800 266 513

    Middlemore Hospital
    Hospital Road

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    Middlemore Hospital
    Hospital Road

    Postal Address

    Private Bag 93311
    Auckland 1640
    New Zealand

    This page was last updated at 1:02PM on May 16, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Speech Language Therapy.