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Job Type:
Permanent
Posted Date:
09-Aug-2019
Job title: Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists & Occupational Therapist wanted in Orange & Dubbo, NSW. Hours: 40 Hours a week Sala...
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted Date:
12-Jul-2019
Full- time role, Monday to Friday, no weekends Attractive salary in line with award + depending on experience Salary Packaging Work with supp...
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Purpose and Mission

Speech pathologists are healthcare professionals who study, diagnose and treat communication disorders. They help people deal with issues such as problems with speaking, language, voice, fluency, social communication, and swallowing. Most patients that work with speech pathologists have communication problems related to developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning/intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss. Speech pathologists also work with clients who have problems in swallowing food and drinks.

Reports To

Most speech pathologists are employed by hospitals, clinics, universities and local government and school agencies, so many report to department heads or other mid-level management. A significant number of speech pathologists have chosen private practice so they often have no direct supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities

In larger organizations, senior speech pathologists frequently supervise less experienced colleagues. In a private practice situation, one or more partners typically serve in a supervisory role over any speech pathology assistants or administrative staff.

Qualifications

Training for speech pathologists includes at least a four-year university degree, and some speech pathologists go on to earn a master’s degree.

Speech pathology is a self-regulated profession in Australia. This means that speech pathology is not part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and as such speech pathologists are not required to be registered with the Australian Health Professions Regulation Authority (AHPRA).

Given these circumstances, all practicing speech pathologists should be members of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Membership in SPA is the only way to be sure that an individual practitioner has the necessary training and experience to be employed as a speech pathologist in Australia. Note that SPA has a strong self-regulation program to govern and monitor ethical, clinical and professional practices among its members.

Responsibilities of a Speech Pathologist

Speech pathologists have a broad range of responsibilities relating to working with patients with communication disorders. Common activities include:

  • Working with patients to minimize stuttering.
  • Developing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies for patients with conditions leading to significant difficulties speaking.
  • Working to help babies to talk. Learning to speak is critical in a child’s development and intense speech and language development occurs in the first three years of life.
  • Helping those with mental health issues to communicate more effectively.
  • Working with patients who have communication and swallowing difficulties after a stroke (Note that 60% of those who have had a stroke develop a swallowing difficulty).
  • Working with the elderly. Helping older people adjust as their their speech, language, memory, voice and swallowing changes.
  • Working with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) patients. ASD is a condition impacting a person’s sense of, and interaction with, other people and the environment.
  • Helping with literacy. Learning to read and write is very important for healthy mental and emotional development, and reading and writing are obviously also critical skills for adults.
  • Working with patients with swallowing issues. Swallowing is a basic reflex and a critical part of everyday life.
  • Working with patients with voice problems. The voice provides the sound for speech, singing, laughter, etc. A healthy voice is essential for full communication to express subtleties in the meaning of what is said.

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