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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.

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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:

  • Education
  • Health science
  • Linguistics
  • Human services
  • Psychology
  • 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.

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Career outcomes

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:

  • Hospitals
  • 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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Life at Griffith

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Monday 4 July — Thursday 7 July

Performing Arts workshops - Auditions

The Performing Arts department of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Winter School and Audition Workshops for both Acting and Musical Theatre participants.

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Wednesday 6 July — Wednesday 6 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Thursday 7 July — Thursday 7 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Friday 8 July — Friday 8 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Friday 15 July — Sunday 17 July

Melbourne Careers Expo

Join us at the Melbourne Careers Expo to get the information you need about our degrees and explore a variety of career options.

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Saturday 16 July — Sunday 17 July

TSXPO

Talk to Griffith’s academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admissions pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services.

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Tuesday 19 July — Tuesday 19 July

Sunshine Coast Careers Expo

Explore your career options and a variety of degrees at the Griffith University booth at the 2022 Sunshine Coast Careers Expo.

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Tuesday 26 July — Tuesday 26 July

IGNITE Youth Careers Expo

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Monday 1 August — Monday 1 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Whether you’re a high school student, parent, mature or postgraduate student, join us at this expo to explore the different career and degree options available at Griffith.

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Sunday 14 August — Sunday 14 August

Griffith University’s Open Day

Spanning across Nathan and Gold Coast campuses, Open Day will showcase our world-class facilities, unique student life, and give you direct access to students and academics.

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Tuesday 27 September — Thursday 29 September

Experience Days – Years 9 and 10

High school students will have the opportunity to come on campus and get a real feel for what it’s like to study in that field at Griffith.

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