Brisbane Voice Clinic

Providing Evidence Based Treatment of Voice, Chronic Cough and Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement (PVFM)

Elizabeth Savina and Bernadette Dutton are Certified Practising Speech Pathologists with considerable experience in the assessment and treatment of Voice, Cough and VCD/PVFM. They have both worked in major hospitals in Senior ENT positions and are passionate about helping patients to get their voices back into gear. Elizabeth and Bernadette conduct choirs and are skilled singers, having a special interest in contemporary and folk styles.

The Brisbane Voice Clinic has Phonanium Acoustic Analysis Software and research standard recording equipment, for calibrated and precise measurements. 

Our services include clinic appointments, tele-health and workplace visits (as scheduling allows). 


Ages 8 To 108!                                                         

We are pleased to provide services for children aged 8 years + and for adults.

Conveniently Located within the
Headache Neck and Jaw Clinic

A: 2/1471 Sandgate Road, Nundah QLD 4012

E: elizabeth.savina@loqui.com.au

P: 0410 114 490           F: 07 3144 5617

PARKING: We recommend you park on Robinson Rd, the left hand turn just before the Go-Gecko. 

Who can we help?

  • Singers
  • Teachers/Lecturers 
  • Salespeople, Receptionists, Telemarketers
  • Anyone experiencing difficulties with their voice
    • Hoarseness,
    • Feelings of strain and increased effort to talk
    • Vocal Fatigue 
    • Reduced pitch range
    • Voice weakness or soft volume 
    • Lower or higher pitched voice
    • Changes in voice associated with menopause 
    • Changes in voices associated with ageing

We work with:

  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Vocal Fold Palsy 
  • Vocal Fold Nodules and other benign lesions 
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Chronic Cough
  • Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement/Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Transgender Voice

Cost of Voice Therapy 

Initial Appointment Voice/Cough/PVFM-VCD t = $190 (1 hour 15 min face to face )

Subsequent individualised therapy  = $130/session (45 min face to face)

WE ACCEPT:

– Workcover & DVA (Billed Directly)
– Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plans and Private Health Funds (will generally require a gap payment on the day of service)

 

for PATIENTS WITH VOICE DIFFICULTIES 

We require patients to have had imaging of their larynx (voice-box) by an ENT, preferably with stroboscopy (this allows the best visualisation of the vocal cords). We need to receive the ENT report (and video whenever possible) before we can give the patient any vocal exercises.

For Patients with Cough, Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) and Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement (PVFM)

We require a diagnosis of Chronic Refractory Cough  or VCD/PVFM by an ENT or Respiratory Specialist. We appreciate receiving reports of laryngeal imaging, or other testing, such as respiratory function tests.


What happens in Voice Therapy? 

We ask you to complete a case history form prior to coming to us so that we can maximise our time with you.

In your first appointment we will:

  • Check aspects of your case history
  • Conduct an instrumental voice assessment taking recordings with research-grade equipment and software.
  • Conduct an assessment of your posture, head /neck musculature, and breathing patterns
  • Identify and teach exercises and stretches that will improve your voice (these will be emailed to you)
  • Provide manual therapy (massage) if it is likely to be helpful
  • Provide personalised information about voice care including equipment and environmental modifications (this will be emailed to you)

We will usually give you exercises that initially only take 1-2 minutes, however we ask that you complete them 3-5 times/day 5-7 days/week. At first you will need to give all of your attention to the exercises, however, with practice, they can be done while doing other tasks.

At review appointments we will get you to show us how you are completing your exercises and we will then refine or give more complex exercises.


How Can a Speech Pathologist Help My Cough?

Speech Pathologists receive extensive training in the anatomy, physiology and neural control of the larynx. Research has demonstrated that Speech Pathologists can help patients learn to gain conscious control of the larynx and override a hyperactive cough reflex.


 

 About our Team

Elizabeth Savina, BSpPath (Hons I), CPSP, Member of the Australian Voice Association.  

Elizabeth has extensive clinical skills in the assessment and diagnosis of voice disorders. She has collaborated with, and contributed to statewide and National Voice Special Interest Groups. Together with Bernadette Dutton, she manages the Brisbane Voice Clinic. She has particular interest in Chronic Refractory Cough, Vocal Cord Dysfunction/ Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement and voice therapy for professional voice users. She has worked in Queensland Hospitals as a senior ENT speech pathologist. Elizabeth conducts community choirs and is a skilled singer and musician, having a special interest in contemporary and folk styles.

Elizabeth has undertaken further professional development in the area of voice with including training in Myofascial Release/Manual Therapy for Head and Neck conditions. Elizabeth has presented in the areas of Vocal Function Exercises, Semi-occluded Tract Exercises for Voice Therapy, Mirror Neurons in Vocal Pedagogy and Promoting Vocal Safety in Singing Groups for People with Parkinson’s Disease.

In 2014 she was awarded Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Voice Association and in 2012 was certified as Voice Therapy Spectrum Clinical Provider (Multi-Voice Dimensions) and gained her Certificate of Figure Proficiency with Estill International.

Elizabeth regularly practices mindfullness and techniques from ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). 

In 2017 she provided consultancy to researchers from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, on the Asia-Pacific Sing to Beat Parkinson’s project.

BACHELOR OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY (Hons I). CERTIFIED PRACTISING MEMBER OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY AUSTRALIA. MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN VOICE ASSOCIATION.

 

Bernadette Dutton  BSpPath, CPSP, Member of the Australian Voice Association. 

Bernadette Dutton, Principal of Loqui Speech Pathology is a qualified speech pathologist, highly experienced in the assessment and management of voice disorders, chronic refractory cough,  VCD/PVFM and voice therapy for professional voice users.

Bernadette brings to the clinic more than 20 years voice experience, having worked as a senior ENT speech pathologists in both outpatient and inpatient tertiary hospital settings.

Bernadette has managed voice diagnostic, voice therapy and spasmodic dysphonia clinics. She is also a clinical educator at the University of Queensland and Australian Catholic University voice clinics. 

Bernadette sings in a Brisbane choir and conducts a Wellness Choir for seniors and people with neurological conditions. 

BACHELOR OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY. CERTIFIED PRACTISING MEMBER OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY AUSTRALIA.  MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN VOICE ASSOCIATION.