Speech pathology

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Overview

Help those who have difficulty communicating or swallowing. You'll combine speech pathology studies with professional practice education to become adept in all aspects of communication, including: speech, language, cognition, reading, stuttering, voice and multimodal communication -- including the use of signs and technology-based communication aids.

Career outcomes

Our speech pathology graduates have pursued careers in:

  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • universities
  • kindergartens
  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • specialist services
  • rehabilitation services
  • mental health services
  • community health services
  • aged care facilities
ACU speech pathology

About speech pathology

Speech pathologists recognise the importance of communication and swallowing as activities that enable people to participate fully in their daily lives. They work with individuals, groups, families, and communities to support the development, rehabilitation and maintenance of effective communication and swallowing skills across the lifespan.

Our program

Our speech pathology program will prepare you to assess and diagnose difficulties with speech, language, voice, fluency, multi-modal communication and swallowing, and enable you to provide intervention and support that is person-centred, culturally-sensitive and evidence-based. You’ll recognise the dignity of the human person and your responsibility towards the common good, and have opportunities to put your values, knowledge and skills into action with professional practice and community engagement activities in Australia and overseas.

Their voice, your choice

Choose a career that empowers others to communicate. Study speech pathology and you’ll combine community engagement opportunities with theoretical units and professional practice placements at partner institutions such as clinics, health centres, aged-care facilities, or education offices. You can also take advantage of international community engagement opportunities in countries such as Chile in South America or Nepal in Central Asia.

Focus on better outcomes

Focus on better outcomes through community engagement. When you study speech pathology with us, you’ll pursue excellence in the theoretical, practical and evidence-based aspects of the management of speech, language, swallowing, voice, fluency and multimodal communication, with the aim of maximising participation in society across the lifespan. You’ll also demonstrate a commitment to the common good.

Meet our students

Student profile Speech pathology student Taneal Norman

Taneal Norman

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

"I aspire to be like my speech pathology tutors. I hope to be a knowledgeable, empathetic, and creative clinician. I want to use my passion to benefit others and make a difference.

"I would love to work in a hospital once I graduate, particularly in the paediatric ward or NICU. I love working with children, but I also love the fast paced and critical nature of an acute setting."

Student profile Speech pathology student Rhys Daher

Rhys Daher

Bachelor of Speech Pathology

"Throughout my course, my tutors and lecturers have helped me recognise the importance of communication and swallowing as activities that enable people to fully participate in their daily lives. Consequently, it has only increased my eagerness to provide intervention for individuals who are experiencing difficulties in these areas.

"So far I have attended five professional placements, providing intervention for both paediatric and adult clients within primary schools, aged care homes and hospitals."

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