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Speech Pathologists are health professionals who are trained to assess and treat all kinds of communication difficulties. It is a young profession, with the first course offered by Sydney University in 1939.

A Speech Pathologist will have a Bachelors or Masters level degree. They will have knowledge on normal communication development, methods of assessment and remediation, psychology, anatomy and neurophysiology.

A Speech Pathologist may work with a wide range of clients with difficulties such as; articulation, slow language development, autistic spectrum disorder, stuttering, cleft palate, hearing impairment, voice difficulties, swallowing problems in babies or after an injury/stoke, communication difficulties after a brain injury/stroke or when a degenerative process is occurring.

The type of work places in which a Speech pathologist may work include preschools, schools, hospitals, public health centres and also in private practice.


Speech Pathology Australia is the professional association of Speech Pathologists in this country. To work as a Speech Pathologist one must be eligible for practising membership of S.P.A.. The association ensures a code of ethics is adhered to by all members. It also provides ongoing professional development.

Members who commit to participating in regular professional development, as monitored by the association, are allowed to claim Certified Practising Speech Pathologist status.