Speech Pathology operates within a multi-disciplinary context with strong liaison between the speech pathologist and doctors, medical specialists, psychologists, audiologists, child care nurses and teachers. The “Find a Speech Pathologist” link will provide you access to members of Speech Pathology Australia to whom you can make a referral or consult for advice or information. Other resources are provided for your information.
General Practitioner Information
As GPs, there are many allied health professionals with whom you can consult and discuss patient management. A speech pathologist can be an integral part of your multidisciplinary team.
Speech pathologists are specialists trained to assess and treat people of all ages who have a communication or swallowing disorder. Speech pathologists complete a degree at university which encompasses all aspects of communication including speech, writing, reading, signs, symbols and gestures, as well as therapies for people who have difficulties swallowing food or drink. They are experts in the areas of communication and swallowing difficulties. Please refer to our Fact Sheets for more information on specific clinical areas.
The Scope of Practice document describes the skills, knowledge, attitudes and ethical behaviour expected of Speech Pathology Australia members practising in Australia. Please refer to the document for a description of the breadth of professional practice carried out in Australia.
All members of Speech Pathology Australia, the peak national body representing the profession, are bound by a Code of Ethics.
GP Referral Form to Speech Pathologists
- General Referral Form for your patients to take to a speech pathologist
Case studies illustrating outcomes of speech pathology intervention.
For Information on Speech Pathology and Clients with Complex and Chronic Conditions under EPC Click Here
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