Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease has been estimated to effect approximately 212,000 people nationally. One of the functions it can impact is someone's voice and ability to be heard. However, it doesn't have to impact you. There are treatment options available which are highly evidence based and have been proven to work. Hastings Macleay Speech Pathology Port Macquarie are qualified in two different programs which have been shown to improve vocal loudness in people with Parkinson's disease. These options are below.

SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd! ® 

Parkinson Voice Project is a non-for profit organisation that has developed an effective program that combines education, individual sessions (SPEAK OUT!®) and group sessions (LOUD Crowd!®). There has been significant research conducted in relation to the effectiveness of this program and it has proven to be very beneficial and rewarding.


This program typically consists of 12 sessions with focus on speech, cognitive and voice exercises. The key to the program is to 'speak with intent' and highlights speech from an automatic function to one with meaning and purpose. 

Hastings Macleay Speech Pathology conducts individual sessions for adults and runs LOUD Crowd ® groups. So enquire with us today. You can read more about the program by clicking here, or to see a video click the link.

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Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD ® ) is an internationally recognised evidence based approach to treating voice & speech for people with Parkinson's Disease. Hastings Macleay Speech Pathology are qualified to work with adults wishing to improve their vocal loudness with LSVT LOUD. 

LSVT LOUD ® is an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological conditions.  The key focus with this program is 'loudness'. It is an intensive program which typically involves 16 sessions.


Beginning your work with LSVT LOUD ® before you've noticed significant problems with voice, speech and communication will often lead to the best results, but it's never too late to start. LSVT LOUD ® has the potential to produce significant improvements even for people facing considerable communication difficulties.

Head to the website for more details