The Speech Pathology department at The Royal Melbourne Hospital recognises the importance of giving every person a voice. Patients requiring laryngectomy for laryngeal or hypo-pharyngeal carcinoma are incredibly dis-empowered and vulnerable following their operation as they are unable to use their voice in the weeks following surgery. For their remaining life as a laryngectomee, the loss of laryngeal voice continues to cause significantly reduced quality of life.
The hospital is able to supply electro-larynx kits on loan to laryngectomy patients. The current supply is outdated and prone to malfunction. Sending the kits off for repair can delay provision to patients. The hospital will use some money raised through Dry July 2016 to purchase new kits so that patients can have access to this equipment more immediately.