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Lola32 in Scranton, Pennsylvania

54 months ago

Hi, I am currently trying to move to Melbourne, Australia. I am finishing my CFY and wanted to know if anyone had advice about SPA membership, visa, where to look for jobs? Anything would be helpful! Thanks!

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annon in Gardendale, Alabama

54 months ago

It's hard to move to Australia, I would call an embassy or find a forum online about this specific topic. When I was in the UK (a lot of Brits go over) and they all said how impossible it was to move over there and how expensive it is.

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SLPinNYC in New York, New York

50 months ago

Lola32 in Scranton, Pennsylvania said: Hi, I am currently trying to move to Melbourne, Australia. I am finishing my CFY and wanted to know if anyone had advice about SPA membership, visa, where to look for jobs? Anything would be helpful! Thanks!

I am thinking of doing a similar move, can you post how the process is goin
Thanks

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Amyclare in Elk Grove, California

48 months ago

SLPinNYC in New York, New York said: I am thinking of doing a similar move, can you post how the process is goin
Thanks

Fido, I want to find an SLPA position in Australia. If anyone has any tips that would be great!

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sarah in Windsor, Ontario

47 months ago

annon in Gardendale, Alabama said: It's hard to move to Australia, I would call an embassy or find a forum online about this specific topic. When I was in the UK (a lot of Brits go over) and they all said how impossible it was to move over there and how expensive it is.

I just moved back to Canada from Sydney, Australia where I was looking for work as an SLP. There are definitely multiple jobs available over there; however, if an employer can choose a local vs a foreign it was in my experience they choose local. I would urge if you are strongly considering a move to contact both ASHA and SPA to find out more details. If you are already a member of ASHA you will need to get your credentials assessed by SPA and once approved you will need to become a member of SPA to practice. Cost for both is around 1000 that is if you are going in the new year. Otherwise you will have to apply for membership now until the end of december and then reapply again in January.

I left Australia because I realized how difficult it was going to be for me to work in a setting and in a way that made me most comfortable. Plus the financial burdens of the costs associated to holding two membership and certifications was more than my budget could handle at this time. Australia is beautiful so I would urge that maybe you plan a visit, check out the jobs, interview and talk to employers, than make decision about working there before you spend the money necessary and than realize it isn't your thing. I am now back in hometown in Canada dealing with similar issues as I received my training and work experience in the US..
Good luck!

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Jake in Salt Lake City, Utah

44 months ago

sarah in Windsor, Ontario said: I just moved back to Canada from Sydney, Australia where I was looking for work as an SLP. There are definitely multiple jobs available over there; however, if an employer can choose a local vs a foreign it was in my experience they choose local.
I left Australia because I realized how difficult it was going to be for me to work in a setting and in a way that made me most comfortable.

Thanks for your post, that is helpful to know as I am interested in moving from the US to Australia as well. I am wondering, though, what was the specific reason you didn't stay? You say that there were jobs, but its tough because they choose locals first... but were there enough jobs that you could have obtained one? I'm guessing that the jobs you could get were not in the area you wanted to work in (schools, etc?). Any more detail would be helpful to me.

Did you get the feeling like this was the same situation all over Australia, or perhaps more of an issue in Sydney?

I found out that Australia doesn't require a masters, only a bachelors to practice SLP... but do you know if U.S. workers are really marketable with only a bachelors there?

Thanks!

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AusSP in Melbourne, Australia

44 months ago

I'm an Australian-trained SP (as we're known as speech pathologists here) working in Aus. SPA (Speech Pathology Australia) membership is optional here, but you need to be eligible for membership in order to work in Aus for most positions. In Queensland you have to be registered.

A Bachelor degree has traditionally been the entry point to practice in Australia. However, our university system is structured differently to North America, in that our degrees are specialised rather than general - so you only study speech pathology and related subjects (anatomy, psychology, statistics) in a 4 year degree, with minimal (if any) electives. There is no 'general education' requirement - we finish our general education in secondary school. Since 2000, there have also been 2 year coursework Masters entry programs available for students who already have a Bachelor degree in another field.

My guess is that you would not be qualified to practice in Australia with a Bachelor degree from a North American university, because this is not the entry qualification to practice there. However, you would need to have your qualification/s evaluated by SPA to determine this.

In Australia, you can work in hospitals (acute or rehab), schools, community health centres, and private practice. Compared to the US, there is less of a focus on schools in Australia, although I work in schools (in Victoria). Schools in New South Wales do not employ speech pathologists; instead school-aged children see speech pathologists at community health centres. We typically only see students once a fortnight, rather than several times a week in the US, as there aren't enough of us. I think about 50-60% of speech pathologists only work part-time in Australia.

I've not worked in hospitals other than when I was a student, but most acute hospital positions just deal with dysphagia, and maybe brief language/communication screenings.

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Jake in Salt Lake City, Utah

44 months ago

Thanks AusSP! That is very helpful information. It makes more sense now that I understand how a bachelors is structured differently there.

Is the home health business big there? Also, why is it that so many are part time workers? I am guessing that speech pathologists are in high demand there and that salaries might be comparable to the US?

Thanks!

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Rina in Windsor, Ontario

40 months ago

how are the grad schools for speech in Australia compare to canada/us? is it worth making the move to study there. I've heard there are lot of racial and safety issues associated with foreign students.

sarah in Windsor, Ontario said: I just moved back to Canada from Sydney, Australia where I was looking for work as an SLP. There are definitely multiple jobs available over there; however, if an employer can choose a local vs a foreign it was in my experience they choose local. I would urge if you are strongly considering a move to contact both ASHA and SPA to find out more details. If you are already a member of ASHA you will need to get your credentials assessed by SPA and once approved you will need to become a member of SPA to practice. Cost for both is around 1000 that is if you are going in the new year. Otherwise you will have to apply for membership now until the end of december and then reapply again in January.

I left Australia because I realized how difficult it was going to be for me to work in a setting and in a way that made me most comfortable. Plus the financial burdens of the costs associated to holding two membership and certifications was more than my budget could handle at this time. Australia is beautiful so I would urge that maybe you plan a visit, check out the jobs, interview and talk to employers, than make decision about working there before you spend the money necessary and than realize it isn't your thing. I am now back in hometown in Canada dealing with similar issues as I received my training and work experience in the US..
Good luck!

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AusSP in Melbourne, Australia

40 months ago

Rina in Windsor, Ontario said: how are the grad schools for speech in Australia compare to canada/us? is it worth making the move to study there. I've heard there are lot of racial and safety issues associated with foreign students.

Only since 2000 have 2-year Masters entry programs in SLP (or SP as it's known here) been available in Australia. A 4 year, specialised Bachelor degree is the traditional entry-level qualification in Aus. Unlike the US, there are no specific pre-requisites for the Masters courses here, I don't believe (other than you must have a Bachelor degree, in any field). A background in linguistics/psychology/anatomy and physiology would be useful, and may be preferred (but not essential) by some uni's. Unlike US/Canada, there is no Clinical Foundation Year here, no board exam, and no CCC's. If you completed your studies here and returned to Nth America to practice, I'm guessing you would need to at least sit the board exam/s and obtain your CCC's (or have gained sufficient practical experience working in Oz for 1-2 years first) - but I'm only speculating, you would need to check with ASHA/CASLPA.

There were significant media reports of Indian students being attacked in 2009; although apparently the perpetrators were mainly from ethnic minority groups.

To answer previous q'ns from Jake, a lot of SP's are part-time in Oz I'm guessing because it's a female dominated profession with many who have young children. It's difficult to say how the salaries compare given fluctuations in the exchange rate, but I'm guessing between A$65k and A$85k would be average for a SP with a few years' experience in Oz. To my knowledge, home health isn't a big thing here (although it may be known under a different name? I'm not quite sure of the concept... SP's provide therapy in patient's home? That happens a bit with pre-school agencies, I'm guessing not as frequently with adult patients).

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AusSP in Melbourne, Australia

40 months ago

Rina in Windsor, Ontario said: how are the grad schools for speech in Australia compare to canada/us? is it worth making the move to study there. I've heard there are lot of racial and safety issues associated with foreign students.

Only since 2000 have 2-year Masters entry programs in SLP (or SP as it's known here) been available in Australia. A 4 year, specialised Bachelor degree is the traditional entry-level qualification in Aus. Unlike the US, there are no specific pre-requisites for the Masters courses here, I don't believe (other than you must have a Bachelor degree, in any field). A background in linguistics/psychology/anatomy and physiology would be useful, and may be preferred (but not essential) by some uni's. Unlike US/Canada, there is no Clinical Foundation Year here, no board exam, and no CCC's. If you completed your studies here and returned to Nth America to practice, I'm guessing you would need to at least sit the board exam/s and obtain your CCC's (or have gained sufficient practical experience working in Oz for 1-2 years first) - but I'm only speculating, you would need to check with ASHA/CASLPA.

There were significant media reports of Indian students being attacked in 2009; although apparently the perpetrators were mainly from ethnic minority groups.

To answer previous q'ns from Jake, a lot of SP's are part-time in Oz I'm guessing because it's a female dominated profession with many who have young children. It's difficult to say how the salaries compare given fluctuations in the exchange rate, but I'm guessing between A$65k and A$85k would be average for a SP with a few years' experience in Oz. To my knowledge, home health isn't a big thing here (although it may be known under a different name? I'm not quite sure of the concept... SP's provide therapy in patient's home? That happens a bit with pre-school agencies, I'm guessing not as frequently with adult patients).

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AusSP in Hawthorn, Australia

38 months ago

I was speaking specifically about SLP in the schools when I mentioned the frequency of therapy. I'm not sure how it is in other settings. I think one of the main reasons there is less frequency/service in the schools here is that we don't have a national policy like 'no child left behind' in the US. But even if we had that, at this point in time, we wouldn't have nearly enough SLP's to cover 3 sessions of therapy a week (or whatever it is). SLP is still a relatively small profession in Aus, with something like 5-6 thousand SLP's (around half of whom work part time) in the whole of Australia.

When I studied my degree, there were probably around 20 'mature age' students in a class of about 75. I think the oldest in the class at that time would have been around late 40's, so I don't think 35 is 'too old'.

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Rebecca V in Spanaway, Washington

38 months ago

I am an Australian SLP who is currently working in USA - I have recently put up some information on my site: adventuresinspeechpatholgy.wordpress.com/ under the tab 'Work Abroad'.

The bottom line is: You will need your association's support to help you with your prospective association. If you click on each country on my site you can read up on the Mutual Recognition Agreement for SLPs and see what each country requires you to do to work there. It varies, but it pretty explicit.

This can be about a 3-9 month process depending, so be aware!

There are a lot of 'rural and remote' positions. Check out the search engine seek.com.au - they regularly have postings for more 'out there' places and the big staffing agencies make reference to visas and people with overseas qualifications...... Basically it's harder to recruit people to the outback, so they will accept more people. Look at my site under 'Rural and Remote' for some info - I personally LOVED working out there and is a great Aussie experience!!

Am happy to answer Q's if anyone has any.

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Sayayeeyeohyou in Mississauga, Ontario

38 months ago

Hi Rebecca, your wordpress account doesn't work anymore. I hope you can answer my question.

How were you able to recognize your qualifications from ASHA? Can you give specific timeline (e.g. approximate no. of days/months) from the time you graduated until you were able to secure employment in the US?

I am thinking of pursuing my studies in Australia because I have tried to get in here in North America, but haven't been successful (rejected last year and waitlisted this year and it doesn't seem like I'll even be considered at this point).

I would like to return to the US once I finish but be interested how an Australian trained SLP was able to get their credentials recognized.

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Rebecca V in Spanaway, Washington

38 months ago

Hi,

I just fixed up the link here: adventuresinspeechpathology.wordpress.com/
ASHA has documents that you can view online that you must fill out. I had to get my university to complete how many direct hours clinical placement I had, send a copy of my official transcript, apply to CGFNS in America so that they could verify that my degree met the USA equivalencies etc. It was a long process, but the agency that I was with gave me the list of what I had to do, so it was less stressful.

It took me over 6 months from when I started contacting prospective agencies to flying in the country. It helped that I had previous years of experience beforehand, but the hardest part was finding the agency to sponsor a visa.

In my course in Australia, 1/4 of the Masters students were from North America, and I know that they had to keep checking their countries requirements so that they could work back home. Look at my link on the mutual recognition agreements for more information, but you will likely have to take an exam or do some extra clinical hours.

Let me know if you need anymore information

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chiowan83 in Brooklyn, New York

37 months ago

Rebecca V in Spanaway, Washington said: I am an Australian SLP who is currently working in USA - I have recently put up some information on my site: adventuresinspeechpatholgy.wordpress.com/ under the tab 'Work Abroad'.

The bottom line is: You will need your association's support to help you with your prospective association. If you click on each country on my site you can read up on the Mutual Recognition Agreement for SLPs and see what each country requires you to do to work there. It varies, but it pretty explicit.

This can be about a 3-9 month process depending, so be aware!

There are a lot of 'rural and remote' positions. Check out the search engine seek.com.au - they regularly have postings for more 'out there' places and the big staffing agencies make reference to visas and people with overseas qualifications...... Basically it's harder to recruit people to the outback, so they will accept more people. Look at my site under 'Rural and Remote' for some info - I personally LOVED working out there and is a great Aussie experience!!

Am happy to answer Q's if anyone has any.

Hi. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in Australia. I'm really keen to work in the U.S. and as I was born in the U.S, I do have citizenship. However, from what I have heard it can be difficult to gain accreditation with ASHA or with certain state licensing bodies if you hold a Bachelors degree and not a Masters degree from another country (in spite of Mutual Recognition Agreement). I was interested to find out how you have been able to work as a SLP in the U.S. with your Australian qualification? The information you posted was really helpful however i couldn't gain access your site for more information as it said it had been deleted unfortunately. I'd really appreciate any advice!

Chantal

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Rebecca V in Spanaway, Washington

37 months ago

Hi Chantal,

Sorry, I changed my site address: adventuresinspeechpathology.wordpress.com/

Even though you have US citizenship, there is still an extensive process to gain accreditation. I think that you have to have a Masters degree -but check with ASHA as you have a passport, it might be different! SPA will have to write a letter on your behalf and I think if you look at the Mutual Recognition Agreement that you have to be involved in the CPSP program, which is voluntary through SPA. I also had to pay about $500 for CGFNS, a company in America to 'review' my certification and confirm that it is equivalent to the US program. View their site here: www.cgfns.org

I had to pay another company to review my transcript - Educational Perspectives (a NACES approved agency). I know that I had to take a couple of trips into my old university as they had to complete forms regarding my experience too!

You have to complete the ASHA exam - I combined my ASHA exam with a trip to the US so I did it there, otherwise you can do it in Australia, it just means a lot of forward planning (like book the exam at least 2 months in advance). You can look at the testing schedule for the PRAXIS exam here: www.nespaexam.com/ Note: This was the first thing that I did. This whole process requires you to do some things in order, and with processing time taking anywhere from 4-12 weeks, it can be a long wait.

I had a job lined up with a school district before I left for Visa purposes - but you might not need that. However, I still had to get fingerprinted, send more copies of transcripts etc. and apply to the state that I was working for before I left.

So your first step: contact ASHA. Confirm with them about your degree.

Any more questions, just fire away and good luck!

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Espy in Sydney, Australia

25 months ago

There is no 'general education ' requirement - we finish our general education in secondary school.
I am an ASHA certified SLP and moved to Australia in 2009 for family reasons. One of the first things I noticed about the culture in the town I live was that you couldn't assume that just because someone had completed a university degree that they had knowledge of history, literature, philosophy, the Classics, astronomy, geology, physics, natural science. If it wasn’t somenting that was deemed “need to know” to do the job they trained for, they don’t know it. I have yet to find someone that I can have an a stimulating conversation with, other than my husband’s research collegues, and I don’t get a chance to see them very often. In a quality university program, the electives and general education requirements aren’t just a repeat of high school. They provide an opportunity for students to develop their critical thinking skills, expand their minds, and gain some maturity before beginning professional education. The value of a broad education is, thankfully, starting to be recognised in Aus. Take a look at the Melbourne University and the University of WA. I hope this catches on. There’s more to an education than being trained to do a specific job.

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Espy in Sydney, Australia

25 months ago

AusSP in Melbourne, Australia said: There is no 'general education ' requirement - we finish our general education in secondary school. My reply above was to this comment by AusSP. BTW, I live in regional NSW, nt Sydney.

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Me in Denton, Texas

24 months ago

Meagan Winterlude in Dallas, Texas said: This is great information. I have a Masters in Linguistics from the US, I'm fluent in Spanish, and was an accent and dialect coach until I entered the field of speech pathology. I have an SLP Assistant license in Texas where I work for a home health agency and, following an unexpected and painful divorce and considering I am single and full of intellectual energy , I want to expand my horizons in the field. This would require furthering my education . At the same time I had the idea that I want to move to Australia because I like what I've heard about the life there. I am a rare SLP Assistant who reads a lot and it seems a lot of great research, especially in Audiology is top notch in Australia. My concern is that I'm 35, although lots of mature-aged people study in the US, especially for a Ph.d, so I imagine that since there are good programs in Australia it is similar. I want to specialize in feeding and swallowing in children . It is a concern I've seen a lot doing speech therapy and I have had the repeated dishonor of standing by helpless with the parents as the child on the waiting list for this service has a G-button when he needs to learn to eat or just avoids food while getting thinner and thinner. We call this feeding therapy in the US. Are there many feeding therapists in Australia? You say that visit frequencies are much smaller than in the US, do you think there is the kind of advocacy present at the moment to increase this number based on the research? Thank you, I'm just exploring! :)

Hi! Have you gotten any information on Aus programs? I've been on the same path and hopefully try something new :) your age should not be a concern... Have you applied here to a masters program?

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Natalia in Cali, Colombia

22 months ago

Hi!!! i am form Colombia and i´m a speech pathologist. I want to move to Australia to do a posgraduate program related to SLP but it is difficult to find information. i don´t know if there´re only master degrees or i can do another kind of related courses like graduate certificate or something. Another question; is it for you in Us soo expensive as it is here in my conuntry to do a master degree in australia.. thanks a lot

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Ben in San Francisco, California

17 months ago

hi rebecca,
I am Australian, a US permanent resident, and due to the high cost of graduate school here, am thinking of returning to AUS to complete my masters in SP. I wonder if I could email you a few questions to pick your brains; your wordpress site has since been deleted!

Rebecca V in Spanaway, Washington said: I am an Australian SLP who is currently working in USA - I have recently put up some information on my site: adventuresinspeechpatholgy.wordpress.com/ under the tab 'Work Abroad'.

The bottom line is: You will need your association's support to help you with your prospective association. If you click on each country on my site you can read up on the Mutual Recognition Agreement for SLPs and see what each country requires you to do to work there. It varies, but it pretty explicit.

This can be about a 3-9 month process depending, so be aware!

There are a lot of 'rural and remote' positions. Check out the search engine seek.com.au - they regularly have postings for more 'out there' places and the big staffing agencies make reference to visas and people with overseas qualifications...... Basically it's harder to recruit people to the outback, so they will accept more people. Look at my site under 'Rural and Remote' for some info - I personally LOVED working out there and is a great Aussie experience!!

Am happy to answer Q's if anyone has any.

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Ben in San Francisco, California

17 months ago

Rebecca, your wordpress site requires approval to access it. Are you able to give that? Thank you.

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Jason from Boston in Dedham, Massachusetts

16 months ago

Rebecca V in Spanaway, Washington said: I am an Australian SLP who is currently working in USA - I have recently put up some information on my site: adventuresinspeechpatholgy.wordpress.com/ under the tab 'Work Abroad'.

The bottom line is: You will need your association's support to help you with your prospective association. If you click on each country on my site you can read up on the Mutual Recognition Agreement for SLPs and see what each country requires you to do to work there. It varies, but it pretty explicit.

This can be about a 3-9 month process depending, so be aware!

There are a lot of 'rural and remote' positions. Check out the search engine seek.com.au - they regularly have postings for more 'out there' places and the big staffing agencies make reference to visas and people with overseas qualifications...... Basically it's harder to recruit people to the outback, so they will accept more people. Look at my site under 'Rural and Remote' for some info - I personally LOVED working out there and is a great Aussie experience!!

Am happy to answer Q's if anyone has any.

I am in graduate school for speech therapy and am looking to do an externship in Australia. The only criteria I need for this is to have a supervisor who's ASHA accredited and is willing to oversee a portion of my therapy hours. I am really interested in AAC, children with autism, fluency, psychogenic disorders and voice. I was wondering if anyone had any names or facilities that might be worth contacting.
I am hoping to be in Sydney but I'll go anywhere I can. Any direction or information would be helpful! Thanks so much!!

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Bec V in Perth, Australia

11 months ago

I'm an Australian Speech Pathologist wanting to move to the US to work. I am accredited by ASHA and am currently looking for jobs. Can anyone give me an idea of which websites US Speechies usually look for work? Also I've heard that community health jobs have better working conditions than schools? Also since insurance and healthcare is very different to Aus, can anyone give me an idea about what work conditions/ benefits I should be enquiring about? Many thanks in advance. If anyone else is in the same process or wants information about SP jobs in Western Australia just shout out!

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jeannie82 in Perth, Australia

6 months ago

Hi Bec V,

Are you still working in Perth? Just wondered what area you have been working in? I'm a paediatric SP from the UK (so not much help with regards to working in the US I'm afraid) living in Perth now but finding it quite hard to get a job. Wondered if you had any tips?

Thanks in advance!

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Bec V in Perth, Australia

6 months ago

jeannie82 in Perth, Australia said: Hi Bec V,

Are you still working in Perth? Just wondered what area you have been working in? I'm a paediatric SP from the UK (so not much help with regards to working in the US I'm afraid) living in Perth now but finding it quite hard to get a job. Wondered if you had any tips?

Thanks in advance!

Hi Jeannie,

Yes I'm still working in Perth :) I work at a language development school as part of the outreach team so I support schools in implementing language programs and up skill their staff through workshops and professional learning. Government jobs are advertised through jobs.wa.gov.au, go to google groups and join the group speech pathology locum jobs, and SPEEAR- speech pathology employment education and relocation opportunities, sometimes I get approached on linked in.. And a lot of the time it's word of mouth... Msg me on Linked in or Facebook (Rebecca Voon) and I can let you know what's going around. All the best job hunting!

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Pallavi M in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4 months ago

I am looking into moving to Australia. I have a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from India and I am currently working in an adult set up in Dubai and looking into moving to Australia.
How easy or how difficult is it to get a job there and what are the procedures involved.

TIA

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AusSpeechie in Reservoir, Australia

3 days ago

Bec V in Perth, Australia said: I'm an Australian Speech Pathologist wanting to move to the US to work. I am accredited by ASHA and am currently looking for jobs . Can anyone give me an idea of which websites US Speechies usually look for work ? Also I've heard that community health jobs have better working conditions than schools? Also since insurance and healthcare is very different to Aus, can anyone give me an idea about what work conditions/ benefits I should be enquiring about? Many thanks in advance. If anyone else is in the same process or wants information about SP jobs in Western Australia just shout out!

Hi there
I am also an Aussie Speechie who is required to move to the US next year. However, I am having significant difficulties having my degree recognised despite the Mutual Recognition Agreement. I obtained my Bachelor of Speech Pathology in Melbourne in 2009 and have been working in the field now for almost 6 years. However, I am having massive issues getting my degree evaluated and deemed equivalent to the US' masters degree. Can I ask what degree you have and how you managed to get this accredited in the US? I've spent the past month and a half going back and forth between Speech Path Australia, ASHA, my uni, and several ASHA approved credential companies with absolutely no luck, as they will not provide me with a direct response or any useful information/advice, and still actually have no idea if I can work in the US or not. Can I please ask how you achieved accreditation???

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Bec V in Perth, Australia

3 days ago

AusSpeechie in Reservoir, Australia said: Hi there
I am also an Aussie Speechie who is required to move to the US next year. However, I am having significant difficulties having my degree recognised despite the Mutual Recognition Agreement. I obtained my Bachelor of Speech Pathology in Melbourne in 2009 and have been working in the field now for almost 6 years. However, I am having massive issues getting my degree evaluated and deemed equivalent to the US' masters degree. Can I ask what degree you have and how you managed to get this accredited in the US? I've spent the past month and a half going back and forth between Speech Path Australia, ASHA, my uni, and several ASHA approved credential companies with absolutely no luck, as they will not provide me with a direct response or any useful information/advice, and still actually have no idea if I can work in the US or not. Can I please ask how you achieved accreditation???

Hi

I know exactly what you mean, I kept getting conflicting information from all bodies. I applied for ASHA accreditation through the Mutual Recognition Agreement and part of the documentation required was to be part of Speech Pathology Australia to receive the Certified Practising Speech Pathologist title, which covered the hours required for ASHA accreditation. I didn't need to pay a third party to confirm that my Bachelor's degree in Human Communication Science (Speech) was equivalent to the US Masters degree as SPA is part of the MRA. This is just for ASHA accreditation. I have not yet applied for state accreditation as I'm still looking for jobs and not sure which state I want to live in. Hope this helps!!

Please add me on Linked In if you are on there, I would love to keep in touch along the process. I know another lady who is also trying to move from Sydney to NYC next year too.

Kind regards,

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AusSpeechie in Reservoir, Australia

2 days ago

Bec V in Perth, Australia said: Hi

I know exactly what you mean, I kept getting conflicting information from all bodies. I applied for ASHA accreditation through the Mutual Recognition Agreement and part of the documentation required was to be part of Speech Pathology Australia to receive the Certified Practising Speech Pathologist title, which covered the hours required for ASHA accreditation. I didn't need to pay a third party to confirm that my Bachelor's degree in Human Communication Science (Speech) was equivalent to the US Masters degree as SPA is part of the MRA. This is just for ASHA accreditation. I have not yet applied for state accreditation as I'm still looking for jobs and not sure which state I want to live in. Hope this helps!!

Please add me on Linked In if you are on there, I would love to keep in touch along the process. I know another lady who is also trying to move from Sydney to NYC next year too.

Kind regards,

Hey Bec,

Thanks heaps for your reply! From what I have gathered, a lot of Aussie Speechies have been finding it very challenging to be able to work in the US because they require the equivalent of their Master degree, and ASHA and their approved credential companies won't touch our cases because as soon as they see our title of "bachelor degree", they assume that it is the same as the US' bachelor degree & so claim that we are not qualified to achieve accreditation or to work as a Speechie. Apparently with a bachelor degree, we will only be able to work as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant, which is super frustrating given that I have spent the last six years working as a qualified Speechie. Can I ask when you're planning on moving to the US? Would be good if it was around the same time frame so that we can help each other out! I am planning on moving around June/July/August next year. I work as an educational Speechie in schools, so am planning on moving just before their school year starts up

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AusSpeechie in Reservoir, Australia

2 days ago

Bec V in Perth, Australia said: Hi

I know exactly what you mean, I kept getting conflicting information from all bodies. I applied for ASHA accreditation through the Mutual Recognition Agreement and part of the documentation required was to be part of Speech Pathology Australia to receive the Certified Practising Speech Pathologist title, which covered the hours required for ASHA accreditation. I didn't need to pay a third party to confirm that my Bachelor's degree in Human Communication Science (Speech) was equivalent to the US Masters degree as SPA is part of the MRA. This is just for ASHA accreditation. I have not yet applied for state accreditation as I'm still looking for jobs and not sure which state I want to live in. Hope this helps!!

Please add me on Linked In if you are on there, I would love to keep in touch along the process. I know another lady who is also trying to move from Sydney to NYC next year too.

Kind regards,

Me again! I think I ran out of characters to keep typing in the previous comment. I have liaised with Speech Path Australia multiple times & was extremely disappointed as they were unable to help at all or provide any useful advice. However, they did state that we do have the equivalent qualifications as a masters. So we just have to jump through a lot of hoops to prove it. I've downloaded a position statement from the SPA website called Dual Entry which provides info on how the Aus Bachelor degree is equivalent to masters & am planning on supplying this with my application. I'm also renewing my SPA membership with CPSP status so they can write me a letter of support and good standing, and am also trying to arrange to meet with my Uni's Speech Path Department & hoping they can provide me with a statement that our degree is equivalent in addition to a very detailed course outline and syllabus to prove it. Has anyone been able to recommend you any other ideas?

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Aus SP in Parkville, Australia

2 days ago

Testing... I can't seem to add a reply to this thread for some reason.

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Aus SP in Parkville, Australia

2 days ago

AusSpeechie, if you studied at La Trobe, you can access all of the old undergraduate course handbooks (from which you can extract subject descriptions for the subjects you studied in the years you took them) up to 2009 online (I can't seem to post a link here). Try searching for La Trobe University Research Online repositry, then search for La Trobe University Handbooks.

Yeah, it's stupid how America doesn't consider our Bachelor degree equivalent to their masters, when half (or more) of their bachelor degrees aren't even directly related to speech pathology.

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Bec V in Perth, Australia

1 day ago

AusSpeechie in Reservoir, Australia said: Me again! I think I ran out of characters to keep typing in the previous comment. I have liaised with Speech Path Australia multiple times & was extremely disappointed as they were unable to help at all or provide any useful advice. However, they did state that we do have the equivalent qualifications as a masters. So we just have to jump through a lot of hoops to prove it. I've downloaded a position statement from the SPA website called Dual Entry which provides info on how the Aus Bachelor degree is equivalent to masters & am planning on supplying this with my application. I'm also renewing my SPA membership with CPSP status so they can write me a letter of support and good standing, and am also trying to arrange to meet with my Uni's Speech Path Department & hoping they can provide me with a statement that our degree is equivalent in addition to a very detailed course outline and syllabus to prove it. Has anyone been able to recommend you any other ideas?

Which state board are you applying for? I was initially thinking of moving to FL, which they told me I shouldn't have any issues with a Bach degree via MRA as ASHA accreditation means it has been approved. ASHA can send a letter directly to the state board to show your CCC and SPA to send your CPSP status directly to their board. For NY state board (one of the stricter ones), supporting docs include: ASHA certification, Praxis exam, letter of support from work of at least 3 years experience, letter of support for good standing with SPA. So you've pretty much covered all of it... You definitely don't need your course approved for ASHA and to get state board accreditation it's a lot easier after ASHA certification as it usually qualifies for most of it from what I've heard/read. I'm hoping to move over mid next year too, my Praxis exam is coming close to expiration! I recommend you send your ASHA docs off soon as mine took approx 7 months.

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