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Job Description

A speech pathologist or a speech therapist or a speech-language pathologist is a specialist practitioner who deals with patients presenting with speech difficulties and language speaking inabilities. The job of a speech pathologist includes assessing and treating the patients who are suffering from problems with swallowing, fluency disorders, speech defects, and vocal irregularities. In addition, a speech pathologist guides the patients to practice alternative communication methods and psychologically adapt themselves to their restricted ability.

Tasks

  • Administer hearing, speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations of patients.
  • Evaluate hearing, speech and language test results, medical background to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing disorders.
  • Develop, implement and monitor treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders and or voice problems, adjust treatments accordingly.
  • Document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress and discharge of patients.
  • Instruct patients in communication techniques and teach speech, muscle and breathing exercises.

Expertise

  • A four year course in Bachelor of Speech Pathology is required.

Pay Scale

The pay scale of a speech pathologist in Australia ranges from AUD$43,077 – AUD$66,896 and the median being AUD$44,147

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