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Make a positive difference by helping people improve their speech, language and communication abilities
A speech pathologist helps children, adolescents and adults manage a wide range of speech and communication difficulties. Key areas of speech pathology include language development, communication, swallowing or feeding, fluency, literacy, stuttering, voice disorders and many more.
Griffith's speech pathology degrees are offered over a variety of campuses and encourages your personal and professional development through methods such as problem-based learning, active learning in small groups and clinical placements from the outset that integrate theory and practice. You'll get the opportunity to develop research literacy and an evidence-based approach to learning, and the skills you acquire will ensure you can deliver quality speech-related services throughout your career.
Study speech pathology at Griffith
Help others in a crucial, growing field of medicine
Communication and swallowing is a fundamental part of human life, and difficulties can have enormous ramifications. Studying speech pathology at Griffith, you’ll learn to diagnose, develop strategies and treat people of all ages in a range of different contexts.
Our degree is extremely hands-on, designed to provide the comprehensive education you’ll need to work as an effective, empathetic speech pathologist in Australia and other countries.
Clinical placements are instrumental and commence from the start of the degree – so you develop your professional identity and apply what you’re learning at university to the clinical setting.
At Griffith we collaborate with a wide range of service providers in South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales to ensure our students receive the best clinical placement opportunities. These are through our partnerships with a broad range of government and non-government agencies across health, education, disability, and aged care. We also conduct on-site internal speech pathology clinics in the Griffith Health Centre on our Gold Coast campus.
Although there are no prerequisites to enter our program, the Master of Speech Pathology will appeal to people with an interest and/or background in:
- Health science
- Human services
- Medical science
- Public health
The Master of Speech Pathology program is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia.
Our world-class facilities and research provide an edge
The $150 million Griffith Health Centre on our Gold Coast campus operates over the road from the 750-bed Gold Coast University Hospital and a 250-bed private hospital. It's a unique environment in which to gain unrivalled clinical experiences. Our industry-leading research in many areas of medical science informs our degree content, helping to produce forward-thinking graduates ready to make their mark in a healthcare career.
Producing highly employable graduates
Griffith graduates have enjoyed strong success, including being offered new graduate positions in Queensland Health and the Department of education and Training
“These positions are highly competitive and much sought after by graduating students from all speech pathology programs,” said discipline lead, Professor Elizabeth Cardell.
You'll be eligible to apply for membership of Speech Pathology Australia and work as a fully accredited speech pathologist.
Career opportunities exist in a variety of areas including:
- Community health centres
- Rehabilitation centres
- Schools (kindergarten to high school)
- Nursing homes
- Disability services
- Private practice
Career paths are also available in academia, research and management.
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