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Speech Pathologist

Help people of all ages with speech and communication issues.

What's it like to be a Speech Pathologist?

Speech Pathologists help people who have communication impairments, including speaking, listening, language comprehension, reading and writing; or speech impediments such as stutters. They work with people of all ages, often with children who are having problems developing speech.

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Speech Pathologists also study, diagnose and administer treatment to people afflicted by brain injuries, stroke, intellectual disabilities, dementia, hearing loss and other issues that affect the brain’s ability to process speech and language.

Speech Pathologists interact with members of the public daily and work in a range of healthcare settings, including public and private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, schools and kindergartens, mental health facilities, or in private practices.

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To work as a registered Speech Pathologist in Australia, you will need to complete an accredited degree. Registration with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) is required to become a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).

  1. Complete an accredited degree in speech pathology such as a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Alternatively, if you have already completed an undergraduate degree, complete a Master of Speech Pathology.
  2. Register with Speech Pathology Australia to become a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. To maintain CPSP status, you will need to meet recency of practice and continuing professional development (CPD) requirements as part of the Professional Self-Regulation framework.
  3. Ensure you have up-to-date immunisations as required and complete any relevant certifications and checks such as a First Aid Certificate, Working with Children Check, Police Check and/or NDIS Worker Screening Check. Some employers may also prefer you to have a current driver’s licence.

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Bachelor of Speech Pathology

This degree prepares you for a role as a Speech Pathologist with skills to assess and treat people with communication disabilities.

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Master of Speech Pathology

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Bachelor of Science

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Oct 2018
Overall, being a Speech Pathologist is highly rewarding, & as a paediatric Speech Pathologist you have heaps of fun!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Senior Speech Pathologist
The good things
Working with clients and their families to improve their communication skills & quality of life is extremely rewarding. Working with children particularly can be a lot of fun. Working within a strong ...
The challenges
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Oct 2018
Speech Pathology is an excellent career path for people who are passionate about helping people
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Manager
The good things
Speech Pathology offers diversity in its’ role as you can choose an area of specialisation and you can also choose whether you would like to work with one type of caseload (eg children and families, a...
The challenges
Speech Pathology work can be demanding of your time and you will sometimes be required to work outside of normal work hours. You need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills and have...
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