Speech pathologists, also known as speech therapists, work with people of all ages who have communication or swallowing difficulties. They often work in a team with other health professionals to assess and treat people with a range of difficulties. These may include problems with speech, voice, using and understanding language, fluency, reading, writing and swallowing (dysphagia).
- Assessment and treatment of a range of communication and swallowing difficulties
Appointments may be made directly without a doctor's referral. A referral may be needed to access some services and funding sources.
The cost of speech pathology varies depending on the provider. Contact the service before you attend if you would like more information about cost.
Speech pathology may be partly or fully covered by Medicare, NDIS and other funding sources ( e.g. Department of Veterans' Affairs, Workcover and the National Australian Defence Force Academy Family Health program).
Speech pathology fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.
RegistrationSpeech pathologists are not required to be registered with a government medical authority.
Minimum qualificationsIn Australia, you must complete a recognised bachelor or graduate entry master’s degree to become a speech pathologist. For more details see: the Speech Pathology Australia website.
- Speech pathologists work with the person, their family and carers, and other professionals to explore a wide variety of communication and swallowing therapies.
- Take results of any tests with you (such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs).