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Lakes DHB Speech Language Therapy

Public Service, Allied Health


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


Services Provided Under the National Covid Alert Levels:

Alert Level 1 - Normal services continue - may include virtual and in person appointments

Alert Level 2 - Normal services resumed - may include virtual and in person appointments

Alert Level 3 - Acute Services only - Face to face, phone call and Zoom appointments for urgent outpatient referrals

Alert Level 4 - Acute Services only - Face to face, phone call and Zoom appointments for urgent outpatient referrals

Lakes DHB speech-language therapists provide services for:

  • Inpatients and outpatients
  • Adults: most communication and swallowing disorders
  • Children: age 0-3 with isolated communication disorders/difficulties, birth + for feeding and swallowing difficulties (unless child is appropriate for Child Development Team Services).  We do not see school aged children for communication issues
  • Some community groups (e.g. Aphasia group, Parkinson's Disease / Stroke Singing Therapy group).


Where to find us: see the Rotorua Hospital map here.

The team are based at Rotorua Hospital with a visiting service provided to Taupō Hospital approximately twice a week.


What is Speech Language Therapy?

Speech-Language Therapists (aka SLTs) are university trained health professionals who can diagnose and treat difficulties that affect communication and swallowing.  Within the medical setting, SLTs often work with people who have acquired difficulties in the following areas: speech, language, voice, swallowing, and acquired fluency disorders.


Name  Role  Extension Number 
Naomi Bondi Speech-Language Therapist /Team Leader 8528/8529
Abigail Akkersma Speech-Language Therapist  8529 
Sarah Huckstep Speech-Language Therapist  8528
Joanne Lawson Administration Support  7913


New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care.

Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Auckland Anniversary (31 Jan), Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).
Christmas: Open 20 Dec — 24 Dec. Closed 25 Dec — 26 Dec. Open 27 Dec — 31 Dec. Closed 1 Jan — 2 Jan. Open 3 Jan — 7 Jan.


  • Adult Services

    Inpatients and outpatients with communication and swallowing difficulties resulting from stroke, head injury, progressive neurological diseases, age-related disorders.  We are currently able to offer instrumental swallowing diagnostic assessments such as VFSS (Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies) in conjunction with our Radiology Department, and also FEES ( Fibre Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) assessments.… More

  • Paediatric Services

    Children 0-3 years of age with communication or feeding difficulties in isolation can be seen.  Outpatient clinics are now held at Te Aka Mauri (Children's Health Hub), home visits may also be offered if appropriate.  Paediatric clients who are inpatients on the Children's Ward or SCBU of Rotorua Hospital will… More


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This page was last updated at 10:55AM on June 23, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Speech Language Therapy.