The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is committed to enhanced learning through clinical placement.

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Practical Experience

HANDS-ON PLACEMENTS THROUGHOUT YOUR STUDY

When you study the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons.) degree at the University of Newcastle (UON), you will complete a comprehensive range of clinical experiences throughout your studies.

Throughout their four-year study, UON Speech Pathology students gain practical experience within diverse clinic environments both in Australia and overseas.

Practical Experience

CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
Locations - Local, metropolitan, regional and rural clinics in Australia
- International placements in Southeast Asia
- On-campus speech pathology clinics
Intensity 20 weeks clinical experience spread over four years.
Duration Placements range from one-day observation visits to five-week intensive block placements
Schedule Semesters and semester breaks

SOUTHEAST ASIA STREAM

You may also develop clinical skills and experience through various international placement opportunities. The program also offers students exciting opportunities through its well-regarded Southeast Asia stream.

SE Asia stream flyer (PDF,1.3MB)


ON-CAMPUS SPEECH PATHOLOGY CLINICS

Additionally, some clinical placements will be based within the University's Speech Pathology Clinic centre. The clinics are situated in the General Purpose (GP) building at the University of Newcastle's Callaghan campus.

The University of Newcastle Stuttering Clinic offers treatment from experienced speech pathologists to children and adults who stutter. This research clinic also provides clinical education to speech pathology students under the guidance of experienced speech pathologists.

Treatment Programs


The Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering is available for pre-school age children. There is currently no cost for this service. An eight-week treatment program is available for school aged children, adolescents and adults who stutter. The program involves one week of intensive therapy and a two hour weekly session for the following seven weeks. A fee is charged for this clinical service.

Referrals

Referrals to the Stuttering Clinic may be made by the individual, parents, or health care professionals.

The Stuttering Clinic is located in the Speech Pathology clinic (ground floor of the General Purpose Building) at the University of Newcastle.

Contact: Dr Sally Hewat or Monica Anderson

Stuttering Clinic
The University of Newcastle
General Purpose Building
University Drive, Callaghan
T: 02 49216414
F: 02 49217386

Do you experience...

  • Tension, strain or discomfort when speaking?
  • Constant need to clear your throat?
  • Persistent or dry cough?
  • Lack of voice power?
  • Loss of voice?
  • Deterioration of your voice over the day?
  • Breaks or sudden pitch changes in your voice?

If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, you may have a voice disorder.

What can be done?

There are many things that can be done to reduce the chance of developing a problem with your voice.

You can maintain good vocal hygiene by:

drinking plenty of water

reducing caffeine intake

reducing smoking

avoiding yelling and straining

using microphone and FM systems

resting your voice when possible

The speech pathologist can:

  • Take a detailed case history
  • Conduct voice assessments that will help to determine the cause of your voice problem
  • Make recommendations based on assessment results and evidence based practice
  • Provide therapy to alleviate symptoms

 

How to make an appointment?

If you think you may have a voice problem and feel you may benefit from a voice assessment and voice therapy, please contact the University of Newcastle Voice Clinic.

 

 

Contact

Voice ClinicGround Floor
General Purpose (GP) Building
The University of Newcastle
CALLAGHAN 2308

T 02 4921 7347
F 02 4921 7386
E voiceclinic@newcastle.edu.au

The Speech Pathology in Schools (SPinS) model of service delivery run by Newcastle University was developed in response to the dual needs of (1) provision of relevant clinical education placements for speech pathology students and; (2) appropriate service provision for school-aged children with communication difficulties.

The program works on a collaboration basis between the class teachers and the speech pathology students and their clinical educator. The students and their supervisor attend the school one day per week. Assessment and intervention takes place via a number of forms including, individual and group sessions, within the classroom or SPinS room (situated at the school) as well as through providing teachers with classroom strategies. The students also have opportunities to in-service the teachers.

Many of the children seen through the SPinS program have moderate to severe language delays, and struggle to keep pace with literacy instruction. They are at risk of becoming disengaged with learning. Research tells us that young children’s’ attitudes to school and how they see themselves as learners, are formed within the first few months of school. We also know that changing negative attitudes is not easy. Nor is it easy for young learners who fall behind their peers, to ‘catch up’ in their academic achievements.

To use a local school as an example where in the SPinS program is currently underway, out of the 37 Kindergarten and Year One children the students screened at the beginning of the year, 13 had a language delay in the moderate to severe range and are currently receiving weekly therapy. That’s around one third of the children from each class that are at risk of becoming learning disabled.

A Speech Pathologist is trained to identify, assess and treat children with a speech and/or language delay. The SPinS model of service delivery is especially valuable because:

  • Due to the long waiting lists at Community Health Centres, school aged children are not seen as priority for assessment and therapy. (Some centres have closed their books to school aged children.)
  • Many of the children requiring therapy are chronic non-attenders at Community Health when they do receive an appointment or block of therapy.
  • The program provides invaluable experience for the speech pathology students, not only in conducting assessments and therapy, but also in working with teachers and other support staff.

If you are interested in applying to have the SPinS program in your school, please email Joanne Walters at the address below.


Contact

SPinS
Joanne Walters
Clinical Education Coordinator
Speech Pathology
Faculty of Education & Arts
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan 2308

02 49217350
F  02 49217386
E  Joanne.Walters@newcastle.edu.au

The Speech Intelligibility Clinic offers communication enhancement to individuals who are non-native speakers of English (NNSE).
Some NNSE find that others have difficulty understanding them in English because the sound system of their first language "interferes" with their English pronunciation.

Most languages are learnt through vocabulary and grammar with minimal focus on learning the sounds of a second language, how they are made and the difference between these sounds and those of your native language.

Why work on speech intelligibility?

We can provide you with awareness of the differences between your speech pattern and a native English speaker's speech pattern.

Our programs are aimed at assisting you to minimise breakdowns in communication as well as training you in conversation repair strategies for when breakdowns do occur.

What we offer

Our intervention programs are provided by qualified Speech Pathologists in conjunction with Speech Pathology students. We provide:

A free screening clinic to evaluate your intelligibility in conversation and determine your suitability for intervention,
Individual speech sounds programs for 1 hour per week up to a maximum of 12 weeks, and
Group programs focusing on rate of speech, body language, intonation and conversation skills.

A final assessment will be made during the last session.

Benefits

The skills you acquire should:

  • Promote confidence when you are speaking in English
  • Increase your understanding and participation in academic activities
  • Allow listeners to concentrate more on your message than on your delivery
  • Improve your employment prospects

How to make an appointment


Appointments take place in The University of Newcastle's Speech Pathology Clinic, General Purpose Building, Callaghan Campus. Directions will be supplied on application

ContactSpeech Intelligibility Clinic
Ground Floor
General Purpose Building
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan 2308

02 4921 7344
F  02 4921 7386
E  Helen.Blake@newcastle.edu.au

 Reference: Alison Kimble-Fry, Perfect Pronunciation: A guide to trainers and self help students. Clear Speak Pty Ltd 2001.

At UON, you will be taught by world-class researchers and practicing speech pathologists, ensuring your study is enriched by the latest innovations and competitive industry practices.

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