Speech pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and provide management and advocacy services to people with communication or swallowing disorders. People with communication disorders may have difficulties in speech, language, voice, fluency, and reading and spelling. Speech pathologists also work in the community in prevention. We are the longest standing provider of speech pathology education programs in Victoria.
Graduates are prepared to practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged care centres. You may also work in health promotion, teaching and consultancy, and in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.
Duration: 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Clinical experience is a major component of our program. You will get practical experience in external agencies such as hospitals, community health centres, schools, early childhood centres and private practice. Students enrolled at the Bendigo campus will carry out most of their placements in the Bendigo area and regional Victoria, however some opportunities exist for these students to be able to carry out placements in metropolitan Melbourne. There are some opportunities for all students to carry out interstate placements subject to availability.
Students enrolled at the Bundoora (Melbourne) Campus will carry out a number of their placements in metropolitan health services and other non-health agencies and in The La Trobe Communication Clinic, which offers extensive speech pathology services including:
a preschool language and phonology program funded by Community Health
a preschool and school-age child fluency (stuttering) program funded by Community Health
an adolescent and adult fluency (stuttering) assessment and treatment program
a Phonological Awareness for Literacy program for school-aged children
voice clinics for children and adults at the Bundoora campus and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
La Trobe's Speech Pathology students have developed a number of speech related resources for young people, families and speech pathologists.