The Speech Pathology clinical program aims to provide sufficient clinical education and experience for students to meet clinical requirements

Professional Experience Unit

Professional Experience in Speech Pathology

Clinical education refers to that part of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) that directly equips the student with the requisite skills and experience to work as speech pathologists at the level of competent beginning practitioners. Academic courses provide the essential theoretical background to the understanding of clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management, while the clinical education courses provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate the integration of the relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes required for working as a speech pathologist.

Clinical Program Objectives

The clinical program aims to provide sufficient quality and quantity of clinical education and experience for students to meet the clinical requirements for eligibility for membership of the professional association for speech pathologists, Speech Pathology Australia. Specific objectives of the clinical program are as follows:

  • Students will gain a range of experience with regard to:
    • Settings (eg. community, educational, medical)
    • Caseloads (eg. adult, adolescent, child)
    • Populations (eg. disorders of language, speech, voice, fluency, swallowing)
    • Models of intervention (eg. direct individual or group therapy, carer training, consultancy)
  • Students will develop problem-solving skills through the application of theoretical knowledge to actual cases, feedback and reflection.
  • Students will develop self-evaluation skills through the establishment of individual learning goals and critical evaluation of personal clinical performance.
  • Students will experience different models of clinical education (eg. one-to-one, group, peer).
  • Students will develop professional socialisation, i.e. clinical management, ethical behaviour.

Student placement information


Placement requirements

In order for students to attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility or other NSW service or facility, they must meet the following criteria... see placement requirements.


Interstate placements

Students who have permission to undertake professional experience placements outside of New South Wales will need to meet that State's relevant compliance requirements. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet all State specific compliance requirements. Students should be aware that they are required to meet ALL costs.

incurred for the interstate placement including but not limited to, any transport, airfares, accommodation and living costs.


International placements

Students should be aware that they are required to meet ALL costs incurred for the international placement including but not limited to, any transport, airfares, accommodation and living costs.

Students who wish to apply to undertake their professional experience placement outside of Australia should download the International Placements – Student Guide (PDF, 31KB) and use this as a step by step guide to the International placement process.

Please note: Requests to travel to High Risk Countries will usually not be approved. A high risk country is any country to which the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advisories warn travellers to "reconsider" or "advise not to" travel to. Refer to smartraveller.gov.au for up to date travel ratings.