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Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Working in the UQ Speech Pathology Simulation Clinic

Speech pathology focuses on the management of communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Communication problems can occur in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing or literacy.

Within a “typical workplace environment,” UQ speech pathology students get hands-on practice during their time in the speech pathology simulation clinic. Like real life, students can assess patients with communication and swallowing difficulties in a hospital setting. Simulation clinics offer a number of benefits to the students, including learning to practice new skills, the opportunity for repetition of skill development, and the opportunity to gain a broad range of feedback to practice those skills before they need to use them in a real workplace environment.

About the UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Working in the UQ Speech Pathology Simulation Clinic

Study speech pathology at UQ

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next Semester intake: July 2018
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2018

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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Do you need help with your UQ speech pathology application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 29th, 2017

UQ speech pathology ranked number one in Australia by students

The UQ Speech Pathology program has been ranked number one Australia wide by students for teaching quality and educational experience.

UQ speech pathology ranked number one in Australia by students

OzTREKK student Mackenzie enjoyed her time in the UQ speech pathology program

More than 178,000 students from Australian universities and non-university higher-education institutions rated their experiences in the 2016 federal Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) survey.

More than 94% of speech pathology students at UQ were satisfied with the quality of their “entire educational experience” and over 97% were satisfied with the “quality of teaching.”

The impressive results continued with students ranking the program number two on the skill development scale (student satisfaction 92.9%), and the learning resources scale (student satisfaction 94.7%).

I was surprised by the amount of real clinical expertise integrated into the learning environment. Not only does the course offer clinics each semester for the students, but the teachers also use their real clinical experience and expertise to promote learning and to allow students to think through clinical situations they may experience one day.”

OzTREKK student Mackenzie Gunn

UQ Speech Pathology Head Dr Nerina Scarinci said the results were a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire speech pathology team, including course coordinators, lecturers, tutors, and clinical educators, who all work together to ensure an exceptional experience for students.

“The UQ speech pathology team provide the best of both worlds for students, with expert knowledge and experience in both research and clinical practice,” Dr Scarinci said.

Final-year speech pathology student Monica Gehrke said she has found the lecturers at UQ to be experts in the fields they lecture in and passionate about the content they teach.

“Many lecturers provide insight and examples from their first-hand experiences in an area, so students are assured that the information being taught is highly relevant and applicable,” Ms Gehrke said.

The variety of opportunities provided to students include clinical placements from first semester, simulated learning opportunities in paediatrics, acute care, swallowing, and voice disorders, overseas placements, and interprofessional courses.

Second-year speech pathology student Isabella Loeskow moved from Bundaberg to live in one of the colleges at the St Lucia campus when she began her studies.

“Moving from my family and friends in Bundaberg to study speech pathology in Brisbane was a daunting but exciting move. I’m thoroughly enjoying my studies and in particular the placement opportunities.

“As I’m interested in working with children it was great to be able to do a full day placement at a school last year to get an understanding of what’s involved in this area of speech pathology.

“This year, we work for half a day every week in the UQ clinics. We see patients with a variety of experiences and this provides us with an opportunity to see what it would be like working in the real world as a speech pathologist.”

As one of Australia’s leading health and rehabilitation educators, the school has internationally recognised and award-winning teaching and research staff, inspiring alumni and high-quality students produced every year.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Head Professor Louise Hickson congratulated academic and professional staff on their hard work to deliver quality course structures and exceptional teaching standards.

“We are very lucky to have a team who work closely together and thoroughly enjoy sharing their energy and enthusiasm for speech pathology to the next generation of clinicians.”

About the UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next intake: July 2018
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2018

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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Find out more about the UQ speech pathology program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

University of Sydney speech pathology academics honoured

The Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences is known for world-leading education and research, and recently, three University of Sydney Health Sciences academics received prestigious awards at the annual Speech Pathology Australia National Conference.

Dr Elise Baker and Dr Belinda Kenny have received the Speech Pathology Australia fellowship. This is the highest public professional honour that the Association awards to members who demonstrate outstanding and significant and sustained contribution to the speech pathology profession.

University of Sydney speech pathology academics honoured at national awards

Dr Elise Baker (Photo: University of Sydney)

Dr Baker’s fellowship reflects more than 20 years’ experience teaching at university level in which she has consistently contributed to the profession of speech pathology and the care of people with communication disorders. She has provided high-quality submissions to parliament, numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. She has been the lead investigator on five competitive research grants number of successful grant applications.

Dr Baker is an expert in early phonological development and management of children with speech sound disorders.

Dr Belinda Kenny’s fellowship was awarded for her commitment to professional and ethical practice. She is a lecturer and researcher in professional ethics, clinical education and neurogenic communication and swallowing issues.

University of Sydney speech pathology academics honoured at national awards

Dr Belinda Kenny (Photo: University of Sydney)

She has developed a number of training packages for Speech Pathology Australia around ethics education and has been elected as a member of the Ethics Board three times.

Dr Kenny is committed to developing the speech pathology  profession through her teaching and has spent a decade supervising Honours and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students on the subject of ethical practice.

Sydney Health Sciences currently has four other fellows on staff including Leanne Togher, Michelle Lincoln, Sue McAllister and Mark Onslow—more than any other university. The discipline also has a Speech Pathology Australia lifetime member in Lindy McAllister.

Professor Tricia McCabe has been awarded the Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture, which she delivered at the Sydney International Convention Centre at the annual Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. The invitation to deliver the Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture is one of the highest honours given to speech pathology researchers in Australia.

The highly prestigious lecture is Speech Pathology Australia’s only annual lecture and Professor McCabe spoke on the topic “How do we change practice?”

University of Sydney speech pathology academics honoured at national awards

Professor Tricia McCabe (Photo: University of Sydney)

Professor McCabe is Head of Discipline and Associate Professor in Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has published more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles, supervised more than 20 research students, and has had $3.6 million in research grants.

Professor McCabe has spent much of the past 10 years working to improve treatments for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She has recently developed a self-directed learning package for speech pathologists to learn how to deliver ReST (Rapid Syllable Transition Training) treatment to children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Information for parents and the general community.

“It’s wonderful that three of our respected academics from the discipline of speech pathology have been recognised in this way. I wish to congratulate Dr Baker, Dr Kenny and Professor McCabe on their well-deserved achievements” said Health Sciences Deputy Dean Michelle Lincoln.

University of Sydney Speech Pathology School

In common with other departments at the University of Sydney, the discipline of speech pathology promotes students’ development of generic  communication and teamwork skills, as well as discipline-specific knowledge and skills. The course is designed to promote self-direction and encourages the graduates to have a sense of their own individuality and creativity. The university offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Speech Language Pathology program, intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field.

Program: Master of Speech Language Pathology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years
Application Deadline:  September 29, 2017

Apply to the University of Sydney Speech Pathology School!

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Are you wondering about the speech pathology program at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Sydney speech pathology researchers receive $6.3 million for internet-based stuttering clinic

In their third consecutive NHMRC Program Grant University of Sydney Speech Pathology School’s Professor Mark Onslow, Associate Professor Ann Packman, and Associate Professor Ross Menzies have been awarded $6.3 million to establish the world’s first internet-based clinic for stuttering.

Sydney speech pathology researchers receive $6.3 million for internet-based stuttering clinic

Professor Mark Onslow (Photo: University of Sydney)

The stuttering e-Clinic will service all the needs of child, adolescent and adult patients affected by stuttering located throughout Australia and eventually the world. The internet-based clinic model will provide economical, scalable and translatable stuttering treatments that will, for the first time, provide a means to adequately manage the public health problem of stuttering.

“The great advantage of this e-Clinic is that it can be accessed by anyone without having to visit a specialist speech pathologist or psychologist,” said Professor Onslow.

“In many cases, standalone internet treatment is effective for children and adults who stutter, and for them, having access to that internet e-Clinic, plus short weekly phone or email contact with a speech pathologist or psychologist, will be enough to treat their stuttering.”

The e-Clinic will mean that only patients who do not respond to this new type of online treatment will need to visit a clinic in person to see a speech pathologist or psychologist.

“The establishment of the e-Clinic will improve the lives of children with speech difficulties all over Australia and is an extremely cost effective way to deal with stuttering.

“We are particularly proud to put have put speech pathology up there in the running with oncology and immunology for this pool of funding” Professor Onslow said.

The funding is part of $125 million in research grants presented by the new Federal Government Health Minister Greg Hunt. The aim of these grants is to provide support for teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broad based, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research addressing complex problems.

University of Sydney Speech Pathology School

In common with other departments at the University of Sydney, the discipline of speech pathology promotes students’ development of generic  communication and teamwork skills, as well as discipline-specific knowledge and skills. The course is designed to promote self-direction and encourages the graduates to have a sense of their own individuality and creativity. The university offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Speech Language Pathology program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field, who wish to gain the requirements to become a speech pathologist.

Program: Master of Speech Language Pathology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years
Application Deadline: TBA. Applications for the 2017 intake closed October 14, 2016.

Apply to the University of Sydney Speech Pathology School!

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Are you wondering about speech pathology programs in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh!

Monday, September 19th, 2016

UQ speech pathology researcher uses app to help stroke survivors

Dr Caitlin Brandenburg’s award-winning research is certainly something to get people talking.

The UQ speech pathology pioneer will soon begin testing a second version of CommFit, an app-connected device that encourages stroke survivors to speak more frequently.

UQ speech pathology researcher uses app to help stroke survivors

UQ speech pathology researcher Dr Caitlin Brandenburg (Photo: UQ)

“By measuring vibration through the collarbone using an accelerometer, we can tell how much the wearer has talked throughout the day,” Dr Brandenburg said.

“It’s essentially a language pedometer that is paired with personalised tasks to assist people to get better at conversation, and also more involved and engaged with their community.

“The idea is based on principles of neuroplasticity, being that as the brain repairs after damage you want to repeatedly practise the skills you want to improve.

“A lot of current speech rehabilitation methods revolve around naming pictures or singular tasks, which isn’t directly transferable to everyday conversation like CommFit is.”

CommFit, short for Communicative Fitness, is primarily targeted at people living with aphasia, an impairment of language production and comprehension that affects 80,000 Australian stroke survivors.

Dr Brandenburg said the refined CommFit pedometer, based on an earlier trial version, was more accurate, easier to wear, had longer battery life, and was more reliable and affordable.

“Our aim is to continue to develop it so it is as small as possible, as simple as possible and as affordable as it can be made.”

Early career researcher Dr Brandenburg, 26, has received encouragement on several fronts. She has won a $15,000 UQ Collaboration and Industry Engagement Fund grant; National Heart Foundation Vanguard and National Stroke Foundation Seed grants to develop the CommFit app; was a top-10 finalist for the Queensland Fresh Science competition; and her abstract on CommFit won the Stroke Society of Australasia Nursing and Allied Health Scientific Award.

UQ speech pathology researcher uses app to help stroke survivors

The second version of CommFit is being tested now (Photo: UQ)

UQ Collaborators on the CommFit project are Professor Linda Worrall and Professor Dave Copland.

Dr Emma Power of the University of Sydney and Dr Amy Rodriguez of the Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (USA) are also involved with CommFit.

UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next intake: July 2017
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2017

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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For more information about speech pathology program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and more, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

A Griffith Speech Pathology School student’s story

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.

Did you garble that one? So did we.

When most people think about speech pathology, they probably think of the study of helping people who stutter or have a lisp. While it’s true that speech pathologists do help with those issues, their scope of practice is a whole lot broader, including speech delays, fluency, voice and resonance, swallowing and feeding, cognitive-communication, literacy… and much more!

OzTREKK recently spoke with Ritoo Bhardwaj, a current Griffith Speech Pathology student. Originally from Vancouver, Ritoo first earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology with a focus on child language development at Simon Fraser University. Here’s her story!

Griffith University Speech Pathology

Ready for a day at the races at the Gold Coast Turf Club

Why speech pathology at Griffith University?

I became interested in speech pathology when I watched my grandmother go through speech therapy to help her communication after her stroke. I’ve always had an interest in child language development and working with children with special needs, in particular children on the ASD (Autism spectrum disorder); Therefore, I decided to do something that meshed both of these interests together, which happened to be speech pathology! Stroke patients and children with special needs are just two populations of many that require support for their speech and language skills, which is why this career is so appealing. There are so many different paths you can take, making a difference in each one!

After applying into the Canadian system for four consecutive years to no avail, I chose to try my luck applying abroad. Griffith University stood out as a program that I wanted to go to because of the way the program was laid out: It is only two years in length, uses problem-based learning (PBL) for all topics, and provides clinical experience right away, starting in the first week of classes. Hands-on learning has always been of importance to me, and this program allows you to apply everything you learn to real environments. I would really recommend this program to anyone considering it!

Griffith University Speech Pathology

A graffiti artwork display in Hozier Lane, downtown Melbourne!

What’s not to love?

I absolutely love the program! Every day we get to learn about amazing topics which are delivered in interesting ways, be it through a problem-based learning session, a clinical skills tutorial, or a specialist lecture in which a renowned professional delivers a lecture to us incorporating firsthand experience. Every topic we cover in PBL is supported by lectures and clinical practice, which consolidates your knowledge on that topic. It really is amazing how Griffith has structured this program to best teach their students.

Tough love

I knew coming into the program that is was going to be a tough one, but I have to say, it was even harder than expected! Since it is a condensed two-year program (others are two-and-a-half years), you have a lot on your plate at any given time in the semester, which leaves you with little spare time. That being said, you have a wonderful supportive cohort and professors to guide you and keep you on the right track. Also, the first-year speechies are linked up with the second-year speechies in a mentorship program, which provides the first years with all the tips and tricks to do well on assignments and exams.

Griffith University Speech Pathology

The famous Brisbane sign in Southbank, Brisbane

Accreditation process

I plan to come back to Canada to work post-uni. I will need to write the Canadian board exam which will allow me to transfer my credentials from Australia to Canada. Since I will be graduating in October, I will have to wait until the following March to write my exam and start the process of transferring my courses over. Although this is a tedious and lengthy process, the director of the program ensures that the Canadian students meet all the required hours and coursework criteria prior to the last semester of courses, so we know we are in good standing when we finish.

Griffith University Speech Pathology

Ritoo’s favourite place, Burleigh Heads!

Where to live?

I signed up for accommodation with the Griffith University Village while I was still in Canada because I wanted the comfort of being close to campus for my first semester while I got oriented with the new location. This was a mistake! The village is not cut out for people studying in a program as intense as the speech path masters. It is a very young crowd, and there is lots of partying at all hours of the day (and night). It is also very pricey for what you get, about $275/week for a five-bedroom apartment. So if you are looking for a quiet place to stay I would not recommend GUV.

I am now living about 20 minutes away from campus in Surfer’s Paradise and paying only $210 a week for a two-bedroom apartment only a couple minutes’ walk to the beach!  You can find lots of options on Flatmates, and some other suburbs to look for include Southport, Ashmore, Labrador and Main Beach. I love the beaches! It is so beautiful on the Gold Coast; any free minute I get, I head to the beach to soak in the sun! The people here are so great, very friendly and always happy to help.

Advice for newbies?

Do it! It’s such a great experience! The university is great, with relatively new facilities and lots of places to study and eat. The tram line stops at Griffith University station and the Gold Coast University Hospital station, so it’s pretty easy to take transit to and from. There are a few shopping areas nearby the uni to get groceries: Australia Fair and Harbour Town; however, beware, all the shops close early every day except for Thursdays, which is “late-night shopping day.” I’ve found most of the products I would shop for back home, and the prices are relatively the same for most things. However, coffee and makeup are really expensive, so bring your own!

Master of Speech Pathology at Griffith University

The speech pathology program at Griffith is located in their $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, which is part of an exciting Health and Knowledge Precinct which also incorporates the new $1.76-billion Gold Coast University Hospital.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Trimester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply, applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree (not in speech pathology) with a minimum GPA of 5.0. While there are no prerequisite study areas for admission, desirable areas include psychology, health science, public health, medical science, human services, education, and linguistics; and
  • a satisfactory performance in an interview with the Program Convenor.

As the number of applicants may exceed the places available, selection for admission is competitive and will be based upon (1) academic merit and (2) interview.

Apply to Griffith University Speech Pathology School!

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Would you like more information about Griffith Speech Pathology School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

From Canada to Brisbane: a UQ Speech Pathology student offers advice

Former OzTREKK student Mackenzie Gunn will soon be in her second year in the Master of Speech Pathology Studies program at the University of Queensland. Many Canadian students are in the midst of exploring their study options: Study in Canada, or study abroad? How do you know which option is right for you?

Even though she’s swamped with coursework and clinical practice, the Orono, Ontario native has kindly offered to describe her program and her time at UQ in order to help future students who are interested in studying speech pathology in Australia!

University of Queensland speech pathology student

Mackenzie’s new koala friend at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane

The reason behind my choices

I have always had a passion to work with children and towards the area of teaching and helping others. I was drawn to speech pathology because you get to work one on one with patients to treat their specific needs and aid them with vital life skills.

Initially, I chose the University of Queensland because of its strong affiliation with Canadian certifications; however, after researching, what I really liked about the university is the design of their program, as it is five semesters opposed to four. This allows students to have a summer break and recharge in between semesters, which is lovely.

Incredible program, incredible university

I absolutely love the program so far! From second semester onward the courses are specific and job related with aids for future reference. The staff aims to prepare you for the workplace in the various areas of speech pathology.

I was surprised by the amount of real clinical expertise integrated into the learning environment. Not only does the course offer clinics each semester for the students, but the teachers also use their real clinical experience and expertise to promote learning and to allow students to think through clinical situations they may experience one day.

University of Queensland speech pathology student

Smile for the camera!

The campus is absolutely gorgeous! It has maintained an older charm, but classrooms are up to date and functional for the teachers’ and students’ needs. All of your lectures are recorded and available online to re-watch in case you missed anything in class. Additionally, all of the classroom sizes are true to the number of students; thus for the program they are relatively small, which is ideal for learning.

After graduation… and clinical hours

Eventually, I plan to return to Canada. The UQ Speech Pathology School is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian students meet the hour requirements for Canada, as they are higher than Australian requirements. It is easy to get fully accredited in Canada: you just have to write and pass an exam. It is very important that you keep track of these hours throughout your program as the Canadian hours (or provincial hours) differ from Australian hours!

Sydney Dental School

Port Stephens, New South Wales

Time to settle in and explore

During my first year, I lived just off campus at Unilodge@St.Lucia and paid $360 a week. This was all-inclusive (i.e., internet, hydro, social events) and less than two minutes to the main building for speech pathology students. OzTREKK was very helpful in finding me this apartment, as it was one of their suggestions and I would recommend it or one similar for the first six months to a year for pure convenience and ease while you get to know the city. This was very convenient and a lovely apartment.

I have recently moved to the suburb of Milton and pay $230 a week plus utilities. Milton is close to the city, has many restaurants, stores, and bus options. It is a great location between school and downtown. Domain.com.au and rental.com.au are both excellent sites to use if you are looking for an apartment.

Australia is very diverse and different from Canada in so many ways, but similar at the same time, and it still feels homey. Brisbane always has festivals, markets, and various restaurants around the city to explore each weekend. My favourite part about my experience, besides my program, is that I am experiencing so many new things I never thought I would. Whether it is traveling somewhere new, visiting a new restaurant, taking the City Cat (ferry) or being able to go to the beach regularly—it is a different way of life from Canada and a great experience!

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Visiting Nitmiluk National Park in Darwin, QLD

My advice for anyone considering studying in Australia

The best advice is to go in with an open mind! It will be a great adventure—make sure you are well prepared for it. Give yourself lots of time: get your visa in order, research an area you would like to live in, update yourself on Canadian requirements and research the city for fun things to do. You’re there to study, but you also have to make it a home for the time you’re there, so get to know the people in your cohort and the city.

Make sure you have a balance between school and other things such as friends, sports, or even television. At first it is strange being away from your friends and family, but there are many other Canadians, along with other international students, who are doing the same thing. It is very easy to bond and support one another because of this. Build a support network in Australia that you can count on and do fun things with so you can immerse yourself and make a home in Australia while you are there.

Everyone enters into this experience very differently, but make the most of it! Australia is amazing and Brisbane is a great city to live in. It is a big city, but small enough that it still feels homey. You won’t be disappointed that you made the choice to study at the University of Queensland.

About the UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next Semester intake: July 2017
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2017

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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Do you need help with your UQ speech pathology application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Why choose to study speech pathology at UQ?

Speech pathology is the management of communication and/or swallowing difficulties as the result of problems with speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing or literacy. Speech pathologists enjoy challenging and rewarding careers by working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools and community health centres, to deliver services such as individual therapy, group therapy, classroom support programs and home visits for clients and carers.

Study the internationally acclaimed speech pathology degree at the University of Queensland, and you will learn from award-winning teachers and clinical educators who are among the best in Australia. At UQ, the focus is on preparing your for a dynamic career and their extensive practical placements program makes sure students are competent and job-ready.

UQ Speech Pathology graduate Janjulee Ellis (former OzTREKK student)

UQ Speech Pathology School

UQ Speech Pathology graduate and former OzTREKK student Janjulee Ellis (Photo credit: UQ)

“UQ is known as a global leader for research and they’re doing very exciting things in speech pathology. I chose UQ knowing that it’s strong research foundation and placement opportunities would prepare me for life as a clinician. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with real speech clients under the supervision of a clinical educator and my professors are always more than happy to give me tips to use with my clients in clinic. Applying my theoretical classroom knowledge to clinical situations has given me invaluable skills that I will definitely use when I start practicing as a speech pathologist.”

UQ Speech Pathology School

The speech pathology program at UQ is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. This program is 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech pathology across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2017
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 28 each year

Apply to the UQ Speech Pathology School

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Do you have questions about studying speech pathology at UQ? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Melbourne Master of Speech Pathology FAQs

The University of Melbourne‘s Master of Speech Pathology course is designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of speech pathology and to produce graduates who are ready to enter the profession. Check out the most commonly asked questions about this program!

How many applicants does Melbourne Speech Pathology School accept?

The Melbourne Speech Pathology School accepts approximately 45 applicants into each course.

University of Melbourne Speech Pathology School

Learn more about studying speech pathology at the University of Melbourne

How many applications do they receive each year?

For the 2015 selection round, the university received 315 local applications and approximately 30 international applications.

How will my application be assessed?

The Melbourne Selection Committee will consider applications from individuals with a science, biomedical science, health-related or other relevant degree that is equivalent to a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Australian university. The selection process will involve consideration of the following:

  • the applicant’s complete academic record, with emphasis on the final year/s of the undergraduate degree;
  • any postgraduate study;
  • the relevance of previous studies to the field of speech pathology;
  • the applicant’s personal statement.

The University of Melbourne is committed to attracting students of the highest calibre. Entry to these courses is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process.

Can you give me an idea of the Weighted Average Mark required for entry?

The WAM changes each year with the pool of applicants. Some years see a higher average than others but it’s reasonable to assume that if you have an average of less than 70% it is unlikely that you would be offered a place.

What is considered a “relevant” degree?

While preference is given to students from a science/health/linguistics/psychology background, the University of Melbourne has accepted students from engineering, music, and some arts and education programs. Each application is assessed on its merits and other factors such as highly relevant work experience may be considered in some cases.

What can I do to improve my chances of getting into the course?

Put simply, the higher your marks, the better your chances are of being offered a place. If you don’t have the marks to be shortlisted you may wish to consider taking further studies to boost your weighted average mark. A postgraduate certificate or diploma in a relevant area is a good place to start. Melbourne does not make recommendations on a study plan or provide advice on courses, but any science or human health-related area is relevant, (including psychology and linguistics).

Does Melbourne speech path require referees?

Yes. Please include the contact details of employers, lecturers or any suitable person who can comment on your personal attributes and ability to undertake the course.

Should I learn Auslan?

It is not necessary to know Auslan or sign language to be an audiologist or a speech pathologist. If you have a client who is a member of the signing deaf community, an interpreter will usually attend the appointment.

I’m a mature age applicant and finished my degree some time ago. Can I still apply?

Yes. Your application will be assessed equally regardless of how long ago you studied.

I won’t have my transcript by the closing date. What can I do?

You should include the transcripts you do have and forward your final one to your agent when you receive it.

Can I apply for Advanced Standing or RPL?

Some subjects in Master of Speech Pathology may be granted credit and each application for Advanced Standing is assessed on its merits. Advanced Standing applications will only be assessed when you have commenced your course.

If I’m offered a place can I defer?

No. You should apply for the year you would like to begin study. If you decline your offer you are welcome to apply again the following year, but as the pool of applicants changes from year to year, there is no guarantee you will be offered a place again.

University of Melbourne Master of Speech Pathology

Program: Master of Speech Pathology
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 31, 2015.

You should also include your Grade 12 results if you have them. The Selection Committee may also request an interview or contact the applicant’s referees to assess the applicant’s suitability for a clinical career. Entry into this program is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process. Based on past successful applicants, it is recommended that candidates have a 75% cumulative average or above.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Speech Pathology School!

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Find out more about the Melbourne Master of Speech Pathology. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Friday, February 19th, 2016

UQ occupational therapy and speech pathology application deadline

Are you thinking of applying to the UQ occupational therapy program or to the UQ speech pathology program? The application deadline of Thursday, February 25, 2016 is quickly approaching!

UQ occupational therapy and speech pathology

Study occupational therapy and speech pathology at UQ

UQ Occupational Therapy program

The UQ occupational therapy program program equips graduate-entry students with the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes necessary for a career in occupational therapy.  In addition to a focus on clinical occupational therapy practice, emphasis is placed on the use of prior skills and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of occupational therapy practice; and the development of advanced adult learning skills for ongoing professional development.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2016
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 25, 2016

Apply to the UQ Occupational Therapy School!

UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next Semester intake: July 2016
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 25, 2016

Apply to the UQ Speech Pathology School!

Don’t forget: If you have a second program preference at the University of Queensland, particularly the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies, Master of Physiotherapy Studies, Master of Speech Pathology Studies,or the Master of Audiology Studies program, please ensure that you list this as a second preference in the “Program of study” section of your UQ International Student Application for Graduate Coursework Studies application form. If you are not eligible for your first program preference or are not competitive, this will ensure that the university will automatically assess you for your second program preference!

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If you have any questions about occupational therapy or speech pathology programs at the University of Queensland, please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.