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About Speech Pathology

Experience has no substitute

Achieve high-level clinical skills in unique placements such as rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Be prepared to work in any setting, with a range of clients, and treat various communication and swallowing disorders.

Outstanding facilities

Gain valuable experience throughout the course with real clients in JCU’s state-of-the-art Speech Pathology Clinic.

Support to succeed

Excel through personalised support, small class sizes and engaging teaching materials. JCU Speech Pathology was independently awarded five stars for skills development and student support^

Exceptional graduate outcomes

Independently awarded five stars for graduate full-time employment^, JCU Speech Pathology graduates are career ready with strong analytical and clinical skills.


Speech pathologists are trained health professionals who assess, diagnose, treat and manage people with communication and swallowing difficulties. They provide information and education to the patient, their families, and other health professionals. Speech pathologists also advocate for their clients to ensure they are provided with the best possible services.

Who do Speech Pathologists work with?

Speech pathologists work with people of all ages who experience disorders of communication and swallowing, from newborn babies, through early childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and to the late stages of life. Communication disorders include difficulties with speech, language, reading, writing, signs, symbols, gestures, and the social conventions for how we interact with each other. A person who has difficulty swallowing food and/or drink has a swallowing disorder.