Speech Pathologist (Aus) / Speech Language Therapist (NZ) – ANZSCO 252712

Provides diagnostic assessment and management of disorders of communication and swallowing through direct intervention, education, consultancy, advocacy, or a combination of these approaches.
Skill Level
Alternative Titles
  • Speech Therapist

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Group: 2527 Audiologists and Speech PathologistsTherapists

AUDIOLOGISTS AND SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS/THERAPISTS provide diagnostic assessment, treatment, rehabilitative services and management of human hearing defects, and communication and swallowing impairments.
Tasks Include:

      • administering and interpreting a wide range of audiometric tests to determine hearing efficiency and locate sites of detected hearing problems
      • interpreting audiometric test results alongside other medical, social and behavioural diagnostic data
      • evaluating total response pattern and acoustic tests to distinguish between organic and non-organic hearing loss
      • planning, directing and participating in counselling, speech reading and other rehabilitation programs
      • prescribing appropriate hearing aids and instructing patients in use
      • administering tests and observing patients to determine nature and extent of disorders
      • planning and conducting programs of remedial exercise to correct disorders such as stuttering and abnormal articulation
      • administering individual and group therapy for rehabilitation of patients with communication problems caused by defective hearing, cerebral palsy, surgery and injury
      • advising on treatment for children with difficulties in learning to speak
      • counselling and guiding language-handicapped individuals, their families, teachers and employers
Skill Level
Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Occupations in this Group
  • 252711 Audiologist
  • 252712 Speech Pathologist (Aus) / Speech Language Therapist (NZ)

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