Speech Pathology Week 2021

This graphic shows one of the Speech Pathology Week 2020 posters and carries the words, speech pathologists work with Australians to ensure they can communicate with confidence. Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the 1.2 million Australians who have a communication disability.

In 2021, Speech Pathology Week is from 22-28 August.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the challenges faced by Australians with communication disability. Communication is a basic human right and Speech Pathology Week seeks to make Australians aware of this.

The theme for Speech Pathology Week in 2021 is: Communication is everyone's right.

Speech pathologists work to ensure everyone can communicate with confidence. It is important that the broader community understands that:

  • 1.2 million Australians live with communication disability;
  • communication disability is largely invisible. Unseen and out-of-sight;
  • more confident communication helps maximise educational, health and social outcomes; and
  • communication is more than just speech.

Communication disability and communication access

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has established that 1.2 million Australians have communication disability. Learn more about communication disability and communication access.

Speech Pathology Week in past years

For information about Speech Pathology Week in past years contact the Association.