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Semester 2 (Extended)
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The final clinical practice subject will consolidate the knowledge in Speech Pathology Practice 1 and 2. The subject extends the student's experience of speech pathology clinical settings and prepares the student for independent clinical practice following graduation. The clinical placements for this subject may include hospitals, community clinics, early intervention centres, specialist centres, school, private practices, residential aged care facilities and other clinical settings. Students will be allocated to 4 week placement during semester. Students can anticipate a rural placement during this subject OR AUDI90039 Speech Pathology Practice 3. This will be at the personal expense of students.
The student will be expected to engage with and actively participate in a variety of clinical experiences, assessing and managing a range of communication and/or swallowing disorders with infants, children, young people and adults. This subject provides the opportunity for students to develop their own personal growth and identity as a speech pathologist. Students will independently select and implement relevant diagnostic procedures and will plan and implement methods for the reduction of communication and/or swallowing difficulties during their clinical placements within this subject. To support student learning, workshops including reflective practice and discussion of clinically-relevant topics, will accompany the clinical placement experiences.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should demonstrate:
- an understanding of the speech pathology clinical setting;
- acquisition of the Competence-Based Occupational Standards (CBOS, 2011);
- the skills to assess, plan, maintain and deliver a range of treatment approaches to remediate communication/swallowing disorders;
- an understanding of when to seek additional resources, update skills, develop professional networks and undertake ongoing professional development; and
- analytical skills and the ability to incorporate theoretical principles into clinical decision making.
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
- 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
- the ability to behave in a ethical and professionally appropriate manner
Last updated: 10 November 2023