Meet your Voice Therapist – Miriam Voortman

Miriam Voortman

Director & Principal Speech Pathologist

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

MSpPath, BMus(Voice), MSPA, CPSP

Principal Speech Pathologist Miriam Voortman has over 16 years of experience in voice assessment and rehabilitation, the acute medical management of complex swallowing disorders, and treatment of upper airway disorders.

Miriam commenced her career as a professional vocalist, graduating from The Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music Performance in Jazz Voice. Her work with vocalists across Adelaide highlighted a need for high-quality clinical voice care, which led her to study a Master of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in 2006.

Since graduating, Miriam has held a number of positions across both Adelaide and Melbourne which have established her as an expert clinician in the areas of voice, swallowing and upper airway management.

Miriam has been the lead speech pathologist in voice analysis clinics at both The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. She also worked in private practice at Voice Medicine Australia treating patients with voice and upper airway disorders as well as rehabilitating performers through vocal injury. Throughout these roles, Miriam has developed a comprehensive understanding of laryngeal function and pathology. She works closely with Ear Nose and Throat surgeons to accurately diagnose voice disorders and develop optimal treatment plans for her patients. Miriam can offer comprehensive pre and post-operative care for you, working with your surgeon to achieve the best outcome from your laryngeal surgery.

Miriam has held senior clinician roles in major tertiary hospitals in both Melbourne and Adelaide. As a senior speech pathologist at The Alfred Hospital, she established a new middle airway clinic, in conjunction with The Alfred Respiratory physicians, to care for patients with upper airway disorders. This specialist clinic offered therapy for patients who had difficult-to-treat asthma, chronic cough and inducible laryngeal obstruction.

Miriam has also worked extensively in the Intensive Care Unit honing specialist skills in swallowing, voice and upper airway management with critically ill patients, patients with inhalation and burn injury, and heart and lung transplants.

Miriam is skilled in instrumental swallowing assessment with both Videofluoroscopy (VFSS) and Fibre Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). She has a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and function of swallowing and is experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and management of complex dysphagia (swallowing disorders). Miriam has helped countless patients to achieve improved quality of life through customised therapy and meal- time plans.

Miriam is the current Vice President of The Australian Voice Association, an active member of The Laryngology Society of Australasia, The Australian National Association of the Teachers of Singing and a certified practising speech pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia. She is also a well regarded clinical educator and casual academic for The University of South Australia and Flinders University of South Australia.

Miriam has presented on the impact of inhalation and burn injury to the larynx and has co-authored a published paper on the diagnosis of inducible laryngeal obstruction.

Miriam has worked throughout Australia as a highly regarded vocalist, vocal educator, musical director, and voice consultant on theatre productions. During her studies at The Elder Conservatorium of Music she was awarded the DB Magazine Most Outstanding Jazz Vocalist award for 2003. She has supported international artists and worked with musicians and vocalists across the corporate and private sectors. Miriam enjoys teaching performers of all levels how to use their voice more efficiently and has coached renowned Australian vocalists, actors and professional voice users to perform at their peak.

Miriam understands the demands on performers and has the clinical skills and experience to guide vocalists through rehabilitation from vocal injury and set up a plan for longevity in the performer’s career.

Miriam is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. She has a special interest in voice rehabilitation for performers, treatment of chronic cough and inducible laryngeal obstruction and treatment of complex swallowing disorders.

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