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Department of Linguistics

Speech Pathology

Individuals who suffer speech and language disorders are unable to understand and or reasonably use the speech and language systems of society. The problems may range from simple sound repetitions or poor articulation to the complete absence of the ability to use speech and language for communication. A speech pathologist is trained to assess and treat people who have a speech and language communication disability.

The Speech Pathology group is part of the Linguistics Department of Macquarie University, and runs the Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University. This Masters program began in 2001 and is the first program in NSW to enable individuals from a variety of backgrounds, already having a degree, to become speech pathologists via a Masters Program. The course follows the Speech Pathology Association of Australia Competency Based Standards for Speech Pathologists and is accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology program is ideally placed to provide students with both a specialist and a multidisciplinary holistic approach to language/communication. Within this Faculty, students have access to world-renowned researchers in the field of speech pathology both as lecturers in the course and as part of the Speech, Hearing and Language Research Center. They are also in contact with the dynamic and internationally acknowledged Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, as well as being part of a campus that has built up a reputation for research into special education. Students will be in close contact with other postgraduate students training as TESOL specialists, audiologists, neuropsychologists, interpreters and other applied linguists.

Speech-language pathologists play an important role with individuals and the community in many areas. They assist individuals with articulation disorders to learn proper production of speech sounds and can help people with voice problems to develop the adequate control of the vocal and respiratory systems required for correct voice production They assess and assist individuals who stutter to cope with their disability and can provide techniques and training that will increase fluency of language. Individuals with aphasia can be assessed and assisted to relearn language and speech skills such as word recall and the ability to produce speech sounds by a trained speech pathologist. Speech Pathologists are trained to counsel individuals with speech and language disorders to understand their disorder and to achieve more fluent communication in educational, social, and vocational settings. They undertake an important role in counselling individuals and the community on how to prevent speech and language disorders and are instrumental in helping individuals understand the types and severity of communication disorders. Speech pathologists also work with people who have difficulties swallowing food and drink.

Speech Pathology Section
(Level 2, 299 Lane Cove Road cnr Talavera Road, North Ryde)
Department of Linguistics
Faculty of Human Sciences
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Contact: Dr Elisabeth Harrison
Fax: +61 2 9850 9199
Phone: +61 2 9850 6716

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Speech Pathlogy

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Info Evening 2012 As Dr. Elisabeth Harrison provides a program overview at the 2012 Audiology and Speech Pathology information