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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject builds on the knowledge obtained in the prerequisite subject AUDI90032 Speech Pathology Practice 1. The subject expands the student’s knowledge of speech pathology clinical settings and introduces the student to more complex cases. The clinical settings for this subject may include hospitals, community clinics, early intervention centres, specialist centres, schools, private practices, university clinics, nursing homes and others. Students will be allocated to placements both prior to and during semester 1. Students can anticipate a rural placement during this subject OR AUDI90039 Speech Pathology Practice 3. Students are required to financially support expenses associated with their rural placements, such as accommodation.
A variety of clinical experiences will be offered but increasingly the student will be expected to engage with and actively participate in assessing and managing infants, children, young people and adults. In particular, the student will be expected to independently take histories, have highly developed observational skills and to use this information to be able to select the appropriate diagnostic methods and tests as per the setting, client problem, age and any other relevant variables. In addition, the student will be able to identify and differentially diagnose problems, identify co morbidity and suggest appropriate referral options. Intervention goal setting, planning and the ability to execute intervention will be developed. To support the student’s learning, workshops will accompany the clinical placement experiences.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- formulate a diagnosis on clients of varying ages;
- take account of and recognise co-morbid conditions;
- adapt their behaviour, approach and techniques to suit the capabilities of clients from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and clinical presentation;
- interpret test results and integrate the results of the case history;
- use the test results and client information to develop a diagnosis and prognosis;
- utilise test results and all relevant client information to develop intervention goals and formulate appropriate management strategies;
- demonstrate the development of professionalism and clinical communication skills and the skills necessary to relay the results of various tests to clients in a manner that can be readily understood; and
- write clear, well organised reports.
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
- the ability to behave in a professionally appropriate manner
- critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
- the ability to integrate theory and practice and to apply this in novel situations
- an openness to new ideas
- planning and time management skills
- the ability to communicate knowledge in both oral and written form
Last updated: 7 February 2023