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Discipline of Speech Pathology

Empowering people through the understanding of voice
Our students study with internationally reputed and published academic experts who are actively researching in a range of specialist areas in communication sciences and disorders.

What is speech pathology?

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Speech pathologists help children and adults with communication difficulties caused by congenital or developmental problems, illness, and emotional or physical trauma.

Speech pathologists work with patients with difficulties including problems with speaking, understanding what people say, reading, writing, voice problems and stuttering. They may also work with patients who have swallowing difficulties or need alternative, non-verbal ways to communicate.

The Discipline of Speech Pathology prepares students to assess and treat people who have a communication or swallowing disability.

The human voice is hard-wired to express who we are and how we feel – it is one of our most fundamental mechanisms of survival and integral to our everyday existence.
Dr Cate Madill, Director of the Voice Research Laboratory

Where can speech pathology take you?

Speech pathology is a diverse field and our students go on to work in a variety of workplaces, including:

  • hospitals
  • schools
  • community health centres
  • rehabilitation centres
  • universities
  • special schools and classes
  • private practices
  • with other professionals.

Why study speech pathology at the Faculty of Health Sciences?

Study options

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) prepares you for professional practice as a speech pathologist, and is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. The course involves the study and treatment of communication disorders in children and adults through hands-on learning and clinical practice.

The Master of Speech Language Pathology helps graduates develop skills to assess and treat communication disorders in people of all backgrounds through case-based learning and extensive clinical placements. The course is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia.

Our people

The role of the committee is to give advice and direction to our curriculum in line with future workplace trends and graduate attributes.

If you have specific feedback, you are welcome to contact the Head of Discipline or a relevant EAC member:

  • Candice Brady, the Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Johanna Korkalainen, Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • Melissa Parkin, Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick
  • Lauren Reinhardt, North Shore Speech Pathology
  • Helen Ryan, Sydney Local Health District
  • Katrina Tosi, Sydney South West Local Health District
  • Jason Bransby, RoyalRehab
  • Lisa Carnegie, Benevolent Society
  • Fiona Eastley, Department of Education and Training, and Speech Pathology Australia

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