Major Group: 2 - Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 25 - Health Professionals | Minor Group: 252 - Health Therapy Professionals | Unit Group: 2527 - Audiologists and Speech Pathologists Therapists
Description: 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 1 : Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Alternative titles are any commonly used alternative title (or titles) for the occupation. These alternative titles have the same meaning as the principal title but may be less commonly used.
UNIT GROUP 2527: AUDIOLOGISTS AND SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS THERAPISTS
Description: Provide diagnostic assessment and rehabilitation services related to human hearing defects, and assess and treat people with communication disorders and physical problems associated with eating and swallowing.
Skill Level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing is required.
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