Our Speech Pathology services

Our HealthWISE speech pathologist can assist children and adults of all ages with communication and swallowing difficulties or disorders. We offer the highest quality service to give you individualised attention.

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Jack's mum

“Our Speech Pathologist helped us link with other helpful resources and made therapy fun. It was great to have someone who understood Jack’s behaviour to talk to about the problems we were experiencing at home”.

Our speech pathologists

Linda Foskey - Narrabri, Inverell, Moree
Rany Chou - Tamworth
Anna Haire - Wee Waa and Narrabri

Our Certified Practising Speech Pathologists have the qualifications and skills to provide expert advice to help people find the best way to communicate to meet their needs. Anna, Linda and Rany are passionate about speech pathology, and each have many years experience. 

Do you have an NDIS Plan? Our team can see people who are Self-Managed and Plan managed NDIS participants. 

Please call us to discuss your eligibility for our speech pathology service.

Would you like to learn a little bit more about the life of a HealthWISE speech pathologist?  Meet Rany Chou and Linda Foskey… 

Watch this video on YouTube.
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Kody's mum

“Kody loves going to see the Speech Pathologist.  He gets to play games and earn stickers and at the same time I see what he can do and what he needs help with. This means I can help him better at home. Kody has settled in much better at school this year and I think speech therapy has helped him talk to and understand other children and his teachers”

How can a Speech Pathologist help?

We work with family members, carers, teachers and other people important in the lives of our clients to help support and implement their speech therapy program.

Communication difficulties may be due to developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech, language or swallowing food and drink safely.

Short blocks of speech therapy are ideal for school readiness, or for any concerns you are having with your child’s speech milestones.

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Alex

“I was nervous before my first appointment because I wasn’t sure what to expect. My therapist was friendly and helped me set therapy goals. I now feel more confident to speak around people who don’t know me”.

How to make an appointment or contact us about our speech services:

Speak with your GP about a referral to HealthWISE or contact us directly to book a private appointment:

TAMWORTH: HealthWISE Speech Pathologist Rany Chou is based full time in Tamworth. 
Phone 6766 1394 to make an appointment in Tamworth. Unfortunately, Rany is currently fully booked. You are welcome to leave your details on our waiting list. 

INVERELL, MOREE AND NARRABRI: HealthWISE Speech Pathologist Linda Foskey is based part time in Inverell and travels regularly to Moree and Narrabri.
Phone 6792 5514 to make an appointment in Moree, Narrabri and Inverell.

WEE WAA AND NARRABRI: HealthWISE Speech Pathologist Anna Haire is based in Wee Waa and services Wee Waa and surrounds and Narrabri.
Phone 6792 5514 to make an appointment in Wee Waa and surrounds and Narrabri.

Skype consultations are also available.

Fees and payment for private appointments
Speak with your GP or teacher to see if you are eligible for a referral to HealthWISE (free for Health Care Card holders or families with low income).
OR, alternatively contact us directly on (02) 6792 5514 to discuss service options.

Payment can be made via EFTPOS (all credit and debit cards accepted). No cash or cheque payments will be accepted. 

Sounds good to me is a training program for early childhood educators and teachers working with children aged 3 – 6 years, to support children’s learning literacy skills an preparation for school.

The program developed by HealthWISE aims to support educators and teachers promote and teach phonological awareness skills in early childhood and school settings.

What is phonological awareness?
Phonological awareness is an explicit understanding that spoken words consist of smaller parts e.g. syllables and sounds. It is the ability to identify sounds and their sequence in words, and to be able to compare words on this basis.

Phonological awareness is a pre-reading skill and a strong predictor of later success in reading. Many school teachers report that children are starting school without the speech and language skills needed for formal school learning.

Sounds Good To Me fits well with school readiness programs and is suitable for use with professional development funding. Sounds Good to Me is presented by HealthWISE Certified Practising Speech Pathologist Anne Williams.

Please visit the Sounds good to me website to find out more:

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