Voice Science is a specialty accent reduction and voice therapy clinic in Collins St, Melbourne, CBD. Our mission is to deliver accent reduction and voice treatment and speech fluency treatment that is individualised and evidence based. We provide an unparalleled model for treatment to ensure that real life communication gains are made. Voice Science is known for offering precise and creative client care. We consult to individuals, corporate stakeholders, the medical sector and the arts and entertainment industry.
Voice Science assists non-native speakers of English to acquire General American, Received Pronunciation, Standard British or Standard Australian English. Our accent reduction programs cater to a broad spectrum of non-native English speakers. We have considerable experience with speakers of Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Slavic based languages (Russian, Croatian, Serbian, etc.) as well as Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, German, French, Arabic and many more. We also assist actors and entertainers to enhance their audio acting skills and develop authentic accents and dialects tailored to their character’s background.
See more info on Accent Reduction and English Pronunciation Training on our FAQs about Accent Reduction and English Pronunciation Training at Voice Science Page.
Voice services include voice assessment and voice optimisation for professional voice users (actors, singers, radio and tv broadcasters, opera singers), voice therapy for voice users (teachers, lecturers, politicians, corporate professionals, business executives, sales staff, call centre personnel). Treatment of voice pathologies is also available: pre and post nodular voice treatment, dysphonia, dysarthria, neurological voice disorders and post surgical vocal rehabilitation.
We offer both online treatment for accent reduction and voice therapy to international clients and in house treatment and workshops via our city centre Melbourne clinic located at the Paris end of Collins St, Melbourne.
Voice Science provides also high end corporate and medical sector training for accent, voice and communication to many industry leaders.
About our Team
Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez
Chief Speech Pathologist
Voice Science is headed up by Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez. Sarah is a fully qualified Speech Pathologist, ESL Teacher and Opera Singer (MA Speech Pathology – La Trobe University, MA Opera, BMus, BA English, TESOL cert IV.) who specialises in accent reduction/modification and vocal therapy / rehabilitation. She is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathology registered with Speech Pathology Australia.
An experienced operatic soprano, Sarah is also equipped to address the demands of a performing career on vocal output and can successfully rehabilitate and maximise vocal technique. She is also available for consultation as a diction, language consultant and vocal health specialist for singers, actors and performers.
See Sarah’s professional opera artist website here: www.sarahlobegeiger.com
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Brooke is passionate about providing evidence based, individualised therapy, to assist her clients to achieve their communication goals. She tailors each session specifically to her clients’ strengths and needs. Joining Voice Science in 2017, with a Bachelor in Health Sciences and a Masters in Speech Pathology from La Trobe University, Brooke has always been interested in the intricacies of accents and identifying the defining speech features of foreign languages.
Private Health Insurance
Voice Science is a registered provider for private health fund rebates. Please clarify with your health care fund as to whether you are eligible for speech pathology extras.
Medicare Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Rebates
Voice Science is a registered Medicare service provider.
People with a chronic medical condition may be eligible for medicare rebates to cover up to five speech pathology sessions per annum. These rebates are available where where your general practitioner has identified that the condition is a chronic medical condition requiring a GP Management plan. A referral from your GP and accompanying CDM plan is required to be eligible for any medicare rebates. Please note that Medicare does not provide rebates for accent reduction. To be eligible for rebates, you must present with a chronic condition that has existed for at least 6 months as well as complex care requirements entailing that you require care from at least two other health providers in addition to your GP. Where a client is referred on a CDM plan, a gap fee will be payable for sessions. Medicare rebates speech pathology presently at $52.95 per session (effective as of February 2015). Consult with your General Practitioner to determine your eligibility for a CDM plan. See more information about Medicare CDM plans here.
Voice Science may be able to provide speech pathology services to people with an approved TAC claim. Referrals to Voice Science must be made through your general practitioner. Please make sure that your TAC claim is approved by your TAC case manager prior to your initial appointment.
While Voice Science provides treatment for TAC clients, a gap fee will be required to cover the full cost of services received. If you have approval for a TAC claim, please bring the following information to your initial assessment:
- TAC claim number
- Contact details for your TAC Case Manager
- Date of transport accident
- Referral letter from your GP
- Claim approval confirmation letter from TAC
If you have not received approval for your TAC claim prior to your initial appointment, payment of the full fee will be required on the day of assessment. See more information about TAC claims here.
We are a registered provider of speech pathology services for WorkSafe Injured Workers.
Voice Science may be able to provide speech pathology services to people with an approved WorkSafe Victoria Victorian Workers’ Compensation claim. Referrals to Voice Science must be made through your general practitioner and managed by your WorkSafe agent. Please make sure that your TAC claim is approved by your WorkSafe agent prior to your initial appointment.
While Voice Science provides treatment for WorkSafe clients, a gap fee will be required to cover the full cost of services received. If you have approval for speech therapy services as an injured worker, please bring the following information to your initial assessment:
- Claim number
- Contact details for your WorkSafe Agent
- Date of incident
- Referral letter from your GP
- Compensation approval confirmation letter
If you have not received approval for your WorkSafe claim prior to your initial appointment, payment of the full fee will be required on the day of assessment. See more information about the provision of speech therapy services to WorkSafe injured workers here.