Speech-language pathologists

Speech-language pathologists

As a speech-language pathologist, you will provide services to students enrolled in state educational facilities within a region, including primary and secondary schools, special schools and children registered for early childhood development programs or services.

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Dannika: "What are the educational benefits of speech therapy services provided to students?" (0:33mins, 1.1MB)
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Linda: tips for those first days in the workplace (0:33mins, 2.7MB)
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Role descriptions

The department employs speech-language pathologists in various roles with a range of responsibilities.

Information about your role and how you will practice in an educational context will be addressed in your local induction and can be found in Speech-Language Therapy Services in State Schools.

Dannika: what influenced her to apply for a position with the department 0:33mins, 1.5MB)
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Bryan: "What are some areas of speciality for a speech-language pathologist working in the department?" (0:28mins, 1.3MB)
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Line manager

A line manager, designated by the Regional Director, will provide you with administrative and organisational support.

A Senior Advisor, Speech-Language Therapy or Speech-Language Pathologist-in-Charge will provide professional supervision and manage the provision of speech-language therapy services within regions.

Linda: "What support do professional supervisors provide to newly appointed speech-language pathologists?" (0:43mins, 2MB)
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Employment conditions

Speech-language pathologists are employed under the public sector awards and certified agreements.

You require a current Blue Card to work as a speech-language pathologist within the department.

Professional learning

Your professional induction will include information

  • caseload management
  • use of professional frameworks
  • where to find and how to use forms, training materials and assessment tools
  • how your professional services are provided in an educational context.

Various opportunities for professional development are published on the Professional Development website. You will find current opportunities in the Professional Development Calendars under the year and month of interest.

Bryan: PD opportunities for speech-language pathologists in the department (0:55mins, 2.5MB)
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Dannika: face-to-face induction that new speech-language pathologists participate in (0:32mins, 1.5MB)
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Professional interactions

You will have relationships with other government agencies, other professionals, students, parents, carers and educators in the course of your work.

Linda: why she believes the department is the employer of choice for speech-language pathologists (0:58mins, 2.7MB)
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Last updated
08 November 2019