School Of Health Sciences

Speech Pathology Practice 1Western Sydney University Unit Code: 401426.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Students will need to have sound understanding of development and disorder of communication and swallowing across the lifespan. Students will be expected to independently conduct common speech pathology assessments such as oromusculature and cranial nerve assessment, case history interview, speech and language screening (developmental and acquired) as well as transcribe and analyse speech and language using accepted conventions.

401421 Optimising Communication for Adults AND 401422 Optimising Communication for Children

401424 Optimising Mealtimes Across the Lifespan

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 4763 Bachelor of Speech Pathology or 4764 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

About this Unit
This clinical placement unit will operationalise the knowledge and skills developed in the first three years of speech pathology study, to provide appropriate and holistic care for clients of speech pathology across the lifespan, their families and communities. Students will undertake 21 days of supervised clinical practice in a range of authentic speech pathology contexts including, but not limited to, hospitals, community health settings, schools / preschools / day-care, disability and/or not for profit organisations, private practice or on-campus settings. Professional competencies addressed in this unit include communication, documentation, reflection and professional and ethical behaviour. In addition, students will develop skills in client assessment, interpretation of findings, planning and implementation of speech pathology services, education, advocacy and advice. Students will be working at a near/approaching intermediate level of competency.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

To be eligible to enrol in this unit and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements in your state, to be assessed in their first year of study, against the following

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a clearance or authority document or conditional letter from their relevant authorised state organisation. International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. A Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter or state equivalent, valid for their entire course.

3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at


4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results attached - currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.

5. Undertaking/Declaration form (or state equivalent documents)

6. Additional forms as required per state related to, but not limited to, Tuberculosis Assessment tool, Hepatitis B statutory declaration form, Signed Code of Conduct, Student Deed Poll and all other state equivalent documents as required. Contact your school for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub web page


7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested. Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hubwebsite:


Some external sites may have additional requirements. Students will be advised of any such specified requirements which must be complied with before commencing clinical placements.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students are required to wear the Western Sydney University Speech Pathology uniform which meets NSW Health uniform requirements. Students will continue to use and develop their resource kit of assessment and management materials and refer to relevant sections of their professional portfolio for theoretical, professional and clinical resources appropriate for their placement setting.

4763.2Bachelor of Speech PathologyCONTINUING
4763.3Bachelor of Speech PathologyCURRENT
4788.1Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)CURRENT
4789.1Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Science)CURRENT

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