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This unit explores the principles underpinning professional practice in speech pathology. This subject will introduce students to key professional issues that have the potential to impact ethical and professional practice within private, public and research settings. Broad ethical principles will be addressed and will be considered in relation to ethical professional practice, marketing, privacy principles and the communication of speech pathology services to consumers. This subject will equip students with practical examples using case studies. It will address issues affecting speech pathology practice including current funding sources, private health insurance, the role of the professional national association (Speech Pathology Australia - SPA), and practice management issues.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should demonstrate an understanding of:
- the range and type of public and private speech pathology services available for infant, paediatric and adult caseloads; and
- how to create and maintain a professional, efficient and ethically-aware speech pathology service.
- an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
- a capacity to articulate their knowledge in both oral and written formats
- ability to access, understand and utilise relevant online links and services
- an ability to reflect upon and respond in an ethical manner to the many ethical challenges that arise in professional practice
Last updated: 8 November 2019