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Speech Pathology

Most of us take communication for granted, but for people with a disorder, it's a daily challenge. Thankfully, a trained Speech Pathologist can make a huge difference to the quality of someone's life. Ready to be that person?

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Courses

Study world ready

Speech Pathologists diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

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Speech Pathology goes remote

Our Speech Pathology course is making a difference to people in rural and remote communities, with students able to complete 16-week work placements at either Geraldton or Mount Magnet.

As part of their placements, our students work in schools, aged care facilities, inter-professional and communication clinics in the EdSIM Centre.

At Mount Magnet they become fully-immersed in the local Aboriginal community, participating in local activities, as well as completing clinical work. They also complete simulation training in Basic Life Support and a tailor-made cultural awareness program called 'Understanding Yamatji', with access to cultural mentors.

As well as the rich experience of living in a remote community and a rural centre, students also gain vital clinical competencies.

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  • Most of us take communication for granted - but for people with a disorder, it's a daily challenge. Find out more about Speech Pathology, and how you could make a huge difference to the quality of someone’s life as a trained Speech Pathologist.

  • "Working with autistic children in a prac placement was a critical moment and led to my current role at the Telethon Kids Institute."

Student stories

  • Callum May

    Callum May

    ECU Speech Pathology graduate

    My course allowed me to undertake practical placements in every semester

    I chose Speech Pathology at ECU because I was interested in the area of communication and I was warmly welcomed into a very supportive learning environment.

    The course allowed me to undertake practicum placements in every semester since the very beginning.

    Practical experience, in my opinion, is the gateway to gaining a proper insight into speech pathology and the best preparation for having a job after university.

  • Sarah Pillar

    Sarah Pillar

    ECU Speech Pathology graduate

    It was a great hands-on opportunity to learn what a Speech Pathologist does

    Speech Pathology is a blend of science and working with people and that was embedded throughout the course. We had practical units from first year where we would go out and observe Speech Pathologists and see how they worked and the environments they worked in. It was a great hands-on opportunity to learn what a Speech Pathologist does, so I was better prepared when I graduated.

  • Lisa Bramwell

    Lisa Bramwell

    ECU Speech Pathology student

    Any little difference I can make would be great

    You can have a huge impact on someone’s life. Helping adults and kids with things that will eventually improve their quality of life. Like help them get a job, or with their self-esteem. I think all the experience I have gained in the last three years will prepare me so I’m ready to enter the workforce.

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

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Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you’re eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.

Applying

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ECU Experience

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