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Where to study
You cannot practise unless you meet the very strict requirements
set by each profession. This means that the courses within each
field tend to be very similar no matter where you do them,
although the sub-fields are obviously very different from each
other. When considering your course options you may want to
check out what each institution offers in the way of clinical
facilities and placements.
These courses are still in fairly limited supply, meaning that,
depending on where you live, you might have to be prepared to
travel to study your preferred course. Demand for entry to these
courses is high, making them tough to get into in some cases. On
the upside, graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects and
good starting salaries (see ‘The outcome’). To compare entry
difficulty and the cost of Commonwealth Supported Places
(CSPs) at different institutions, see ‘What’s on offer and who’s
there’. Note that while public universities only offer CSPs, private
institutions may offer full-fee places in the field.
A new degree structure, which has already been established in
some fields at selected institutions, has the potential to become
more popular in some areas of rehabilitation. The structure
follows a US-style model, where undergraduates enter a general
pre-professional degree (perhaps in science or health science)
and then transfer to a postgraduate qualification in their
Annalise — Bachelor of health science/master of speech pathology
Why did you choose to study
I wanted to work in a field that helped
people and heard about speech
pathology. I looked into all the health
fields and speech therapy caught my
eye. I liked the fact that there are so
many different areas to work in and that
the need for speech therapists is high.
What is the best thing about your course?
Definitely placements. I have had a number of placements
with both adults and children. I have enjoyed each area of
placement and gained a lot from participating in therapy
What is the worst thing about your course?
The first year, as it was a general year of health science and
had nothing to do with speech pathology — I felt as though it
was a waste of time.
What does your course involve?
First and second year included lab classes, tutorials and
lectures. Third and fourth year were mainly made up of
placement, lectures, tutorials and skills classes. In the final
two years we’ve been given case scenarios each week and
have been required to solve each case as a group and decide
which therapy methods we would use to help. I have found
these classes really beneficial!
What are your job prospects after graduating?
After graduating there are plenty of job opportunities,
although the majority of these are with paediatric clients. An
advantage of studying speech pathology is that, after
graduating, you have the opportunity to travel and work in a
number of countries all over the world.
What advice would you give to students considering
As the years of the course progress, the workload increases.
I’m in my fourth (and final) year now, and as we are doing
placement and classes at the same time I have found it too
difficult to continue with part-time work. The first two years of
the course require a lot of motivation! I felt as though it was a
waste of time and I wasn’t really learning much about
becoming a speech pathologist at all, but I am extremely
pleased that I stuck it out and have now nearly finished the
Will you complete further study?
No way — I think 13 years of schooling and four years of
university is enough for me. I’m definitely looking forward to
getting out into the workforce!
What’s on offer and who’s there
over 25 yrs
For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 587
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