Speech pathology

Speech pathology

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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
An ACU speech pathology student works with a client.

About speech pathology

Speech Pathologists are qualified health professionals who recognise the importance of communication and mealtimes 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 feeding/swallowing skills across the lifespan. Speech Pathologists are a critical component of allied health expertise helping individuals and families to life productive and fulfilling lives.


Through innovative learning activities and extensive professional practice experiences, our program will enable you to deliver speech pathology services that are person-centred, culturally-sensitive and based on the best available evidence. We will prepare you to assess, diagnose, and provide intervention and support for people exeriencing difficulties with communication (including speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, stuttering and using voice) and mealtimes (feeding and swallowing), resulting from developmental, acquired or progressive conditions.

Globally connected

At ACU, you won’t just focus on addressing difficulties, you’ll also advocate for individuals and communities across the globe. We link your theoretical units with local and global community engagement experiences. When you study speech pathology at ACU, take advantage of our international engagement opportunities in countries such as Vietnam and India, or study on our Rome campus. Wherever and however you learn, we are committed to ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and values to maximise participation and advocate for individuals with communication and swallowing needs.

Nationally supported

Become part of a program that traverses the east coast of Australia and immerse yourself in a national community of students, supported by teams of expert staff. At ACU, you’ll connect with peers across our campuses through technology-enriched learning and assessment activities, and through interprofessional experiences in each year of the program. You’ll have the opportunity to build professional communities of practice, through national mentoring and student society activities; communities that will extend beyond your years of study with us.


At ACU respect for human dignity is central to our speech pathology program. We aim to graduate students who are reflective, reasoned and ethical. Our students engage with diverse and disadvantaged communities and consider how they can contribute to human flourishing and the common good through supporting and advocating for those with communication and swallowing needs.

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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