Speech and hearing Health and medical sciences
Speech, hearing and language professionals have the privilege of bringing the gift of communication to the community – whether that be through helping someone hear for the first time, assisting a stroke patient to speak again, or investigating how children acquire language.
At Macquarie you’ll have access to world-renowned researchers and facilities to learn to do just that.
Careers in speech and hearing
There is worldwide shortage of audiologists and speech pathologists, making them attractive career paths. Find out how you can:
Professional audiologists provide independent audiological assessments and services for adults and children.
Speech pathologists help people with difficulties with speech, language, literacy, voice, accents and swallowing modification across the lifespan from babies through to aged care.
Audiological Society of Australia
The Master of Clinical Audiology incorporates the Professional Standards of Practice, which have been established by the Audiological Society of Australia the national professional body and is fully accredited.
Speech Pathology Australia
Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) is the professional body representing speech pathologists in Australia. The Master of Speech and Language Pathology follows the SPA's Competency Based Standards for speech pathologists and is accredited by SPA.
At Macquarie, you can start working even before you graduate. We also offer practical work experience opportunities to postgraduate students who are pursuing their studies in audiology and speech pathology. No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available for you through PACE.
Working with the brightest and smartest
Watch how our Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences student, Chi Yhun Lo, gained practical experience working on a research project with National Acoustic Laboratories through Macquarie University's PACE program.
Canadian's top pick for speech pathology
"Through my research, I found that Macquarie's program is more established than other Australian universities," she adds. "It also offers a wider variety of clinical placements, so I can get work experience in pediatric or a hospital or a school, depending on my interests," says Win Sum Cheung Master of Speech Pathology student.
"Being a qualified by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia means I'll have work opportunities in English-speaking countries like Canada and the US."
"The lecturers and tutors I've met so far at Macquarie University are more than just teachers. They're more like friends," says Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences student Moalosi Mapetla from Botswana, who is keen to pursue a Masters in Audiology after his bachelor degree.
"The interaction we have with our lecturers and tutors is amazing. They encourage us to ask questions, which makes the learning environment really interactive. They have been so supportive and it's obvious they are passionate about seeing students excel in their studies, as well as in their social wellbeing."
A strong focus on clinical work
"I particularly appreciated meeting students from varied professional backgrounds and cultures, the high calibre of the teaching staff, the time allotted for each student for individual concerns and the problem-based approach to learning."
"My clinical placements reflected either the coursework I was taking at the time or had already completed. These experiences were varied and included working with adults and children with various communication and swallowing needs," says Canadian Madhu who studied the Master of Speech and Language Pathology.
Rural placement experience
"A large part of why I chose this program over other programs in Australia is the strong clinical component," says Megan, the Master of Speech and Language Pathology student.
"As an international student who wanted to study in Australia and also see and learn about its unique culture I chose to undertake a rural placement. This placement was a particular highlight of my experiences in Australia so far."
Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Katrina graduated from Macquarie University with first-class honours from her Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences degree and was also awarded a Vice-Chancellor's commendation on completion of her Masters of Audiology.
Katrina is the Clinical Manager of AudioClinic in NSW and is in charge of audiological training and development for clinicians nationwide. Prior to this she worked in the United States as a research audiologist where she conducted research on understanding the development and plasticity of the central auditory system in individuals with hearing loss. She has authored or co-authored more than 10 scientific papers and she has presented her research at many scientific conferences. Katrina has also worked in a clinical capacity in private practice.
Our expertise in speech and hearing
At Macquarie, you have access to world-renowned researchers in the field of speech pathology and audiology both as lecturers and as part of our research centres.
We are home to the Australian Hearing Hub and research centres like the Centre of Language Science. Together, academics at Macquarie University and staff at the Australian Hearing Hub are pioneering a new approach to collaboration, which fosters opportunities for innovation across a wide range of fields.
Our innovative approach to teaching means you can:
- be involve in ground breaking projects that will make a real difference
- benefit from our research using cutting-edge technology such as ultrasound, EMA (Electromagnetic Articulography) and other techniques, as well as Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- maximise your understanding of what you learn. For example, you can learn how different sounds are produced in different languages by looking at MRI videos which allow you to visualize movements of the vocal tract in real time
- take advantage of first-hand research data to explore aspects of speech and hearing disorders.
Macquarie’s multidisciplinary holistic approach to research will also give you the opportunity to gain valuable connections with special education, early childhood education and TESOL specialists, neuropsychologists, interpreters and other applied linguists.
New insights into speech, hearing and language
Winner of the prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher award, Dr Michael Proctor’s research into speech production is providing new insights into consonants like 'l' and 'r', that are difficult for children and second language learners to acquire.
Michael and colleagues in the Department of Linguistics are examining how different speech sounds are produced by adults and learnt by children, in a wide range of languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Tamil, Australian English, and aboriginal languages such as Kaytetye, spoken in the Northern Territory. These new insights into speech production are important for the practice of audiology and speech pathology, and our understanding of human language, language acquisition and language disorders.
A lecturer in linguistics, Michael works with researchers at the University of Southern California to develop new methods in real-time magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the dynamics of speech production - how the vocal tract is shaped over time - to inform our knowledge of phonological structure and its cognitive representation.
Speech and hearing facilities
Our specialist research clinic, backed by technical, clinical and academic resources, provides a diverse clinical training program for our postgraduate students.
The Australian Hearing Hub puts you at the centre of innovation in hearing, language and communication research and development.