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Education - Speech Pathologists

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Tags: Education, State Budget, Speech Pathology

Dr WOODRUFF - How many schools is one speech pathologist responsible for, on average?

Ms COURTNEY - I'll wait for the secretary to return. With regards to the speech pathologist did you say? How many per school, and how much per child, on average? It's hard to provide an average, because what we do is look to the needs of individual schools. Quite clearly, schools have different sizes and different age cohorts, so there's not a set ratio that exists. It's more allocated based on looking at the particular circumstances. It's something that we have continued to invest in. Indeed, as we discussed earlier, we have the additional funding for more speech pathologists and CFLCs. I don't know if the secretary can add further.

Mr BULLARD - You are correct, minister. We have a fairer funding model that allocates a range of resources across the system, and that is also used to drive the allocation of professional support staff. What we do know is that there is larger need in areas that are rural or remote, or have lower socioeconomic status, or a higher school population, and those factors are weighted to allocate.