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Speech pathologist/therapist

Role and key duties

Speech pathologists/therapists diagnose, treat and provide management services to people of all ages with communication disorders, including speech, language, voice, fluency and literacy difficulties, or people who have physical problems with eating or swallowing.

Duties may include: establishing the exact nature and severity of each client's communication problems; planning and carrying out treatment and management, taking into account the client's age, past and present social environment, and physical and intellectual abilities; treating children who are unable to communicate effectively due to conditions such as cleft palate, hearing loss, delayed speech or language development, cerebral palsy or emotional disturbances; treating adults whose language, speech or voice has been affected by surgery, disease or disorders of the nervous system, brain damage or hearing loss; and helping children and adults over come stuttering.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of a Degree in Health Science with specialisation in Speech Pathology.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Health Science with specialisation in Speech Pathology.



Job Family

Health and allied health
Allied health is about the prevention, treatment and management of illness and ensuring the wellbeing of Victorians, young and old. Allied health professionals can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be hospital or community based.


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