These inherent requirements apply to the following course:

  • Bachelor of speech pathology
  • Bachelor of speech pathology (Honours)

Inherent requirement domains

There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the speech pathology course listed above. Some domains have a number of sub-domains.

 
Level Inherent requirements statements
1 Speech Pathology is a profession governed by competency standards, codes of ethics, professional conduct and professional boundaries speech pathologists are accountable responsible for ensuring professional behaviour in all contexts. 
2 Student demonstrates knowledge of, and engages in ethical behaviour in practice.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Compliance with the codes, guidelines and policies facilitates safe, competent interactions and relationships for students and/or the people with whom they engage. This ensures the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual is not placed at  risk.
4 Adjustments must not compromise the standards, codes, guidelines and policies or result in unethical behaviour. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies in both academic and professional practice settings
  • Complying with medico-legal requirements relating to informed consent, privacy and confidentiality with client information in academic and professional practice settings
 
Level Inherent requirements statements
1 Behavioural stability is required to function and adapt effectively and sensitively in a demanding role.
2 Student demonstrates behavioural stability to work constructively in a diverse and changing academic and practice environment.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Behavioural stability is required to work individually and in teams in changing and unpredictable environments. Speech pathology students will be exposed to healthcare and disability contexts in which they will encounter human suffering and will be required to have behavioural stability to manage these events. 
4 Adjustments must support stable, effective and professional behaviour in both academic and professional practice settings.  Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor. 
5

Exemplars:

  • Reflecting on practice and responding appropriately to constructive feedback
  • Coping with own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with individuals in the professional practice setting 
 
Level Inherent requirements statements
1 Speech Pathology practice is mandated by specific legal and professional requirements and standards to enable the safe delivery of care.
2 Student demonstrates knowledge and compliance with Australian Law and professional requirements and standards, which dictate the scope of speech pathology practice.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Knowledge, understanding, and compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and standards are necessary pre-requisites to professional practice placements in order to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
  • Compliance with the Australian law and professional regulatory requirements and standards ensures that students are both responsible and accountable for their practice
4 Adjustments must be consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Complying with mandatory requirements for professional practice (e.g., child protection and safety legislation).
  • Complying with standards of academic honesty and integrity. 

This course requires effective, verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.

 
Verbal communication 
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Effective and efficient verbal communication, in English, is imperative to speech pathology practice in Australia and an essential requirement to provide safe and effective speech pathology services.
2

Student demonstrates:

  • Sensitivity to individual linguistic and/or cultural differences.
  • Ability to understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to provide clear instructions and information in the context of the situation.
  • Clear and timely feedback and reporting
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Speed and interactivity of communication may be critical for individual safety or treatment.
  • Timely, accurate, effective and culturally appropriate delivery of instructions and information is critical to individuals’ safety, treatment and management.
4 Adjustments must address effectiveness, timeliness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure safety and appropriate care. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Participating verbally in tutorial discussions, simulation and professional practice meetings.
  • Establishing rapport with clients during speech pathology services and responding appropriately to requests from clients, supervisors and other health professionals, in the professional practice setting.

 
Non-verbal communication 
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Effective non-verbal communication is fundamental to speech pathology practice and needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathetic, honest and non-judgmental.
2

Student demonstrates:

  • The capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues
  • Consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviours.
  • Sensitivity to individual differences
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • The ability to observe and understand non-verbal cues assists with building rapport with people and gaining their trust and respect in academic and professional relationships.
  • Displaying consistent and appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries and body movements and gestures promotes trust in academic and professional relationships.
  • Being sensitive to individual differences displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationships.
  • The ability to observe and understand non-verbal cues is essential for safe and effective observation of client symptoms and reactions to facilitate the assessment and treatment of clients.
4 Adjustments must enable the recognition, initiation of, or appropriate response to, effective non-verbal communication in a timely and appropriate manner.
5

Exemplars:

  • Recognising and responding appropriately to cues and activities in the university environment.
  • Recognising and responding appropriately to visual and auditory cues in the professional practice setting, including when working with multiple clients in a group setting.

 
Written communication 
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Effective written communication is a fundamental speech pathology responsibility with professional and legal ramifications.
2 Student demonstrates the capacity to construct coherent written communication appropriate to the circumstances.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Construction of written text-based assessment tasks to reflect the required academic standards are necessary to convey knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter for professional practice.
  • Accurate written communication, including record-keeping and client notes which meet legal requirements, is vital to provide consistent and safe client care. 
4 Adjustments must meet necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective recording and transmission of information in both academic and professional practice settings. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Constructing client notes, reports and information sheets in a timely manner that meets legal and professional standards in a range of modes (written, electronic).
  • Writing accurate reports that are appropriate for the intended reader using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph structure and organisation of information.
 

 

This course requires knowledge of theory and the skills of cognition, literacy and numeracy.

 
Knowledge and cognitive skills 
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Consistent and effective application of knowledge and cognitive skills must be demonstrated to provide safe, effective and timely speech pathology services.
2

Student demonstrates:

  • Capacity to locate appropriate and relevant information.
  • Ability to process information relevant to practice.
  • Ability to integrate and implement knowledge into practice in a timely manner.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Safe and effective delivery of speech pathology services is based on comprehensive knowledge that must be sourced, understood and applied appropriately.
4 Adjustments must ensure that a clear demonstration of knowledge and cognitive skills is not compromised or impeded. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying knowledge of theory, research evidence, policies and procedures appropriately in the professional practice setting.

 
Literacy (language) 
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Competent literacy skills are essential to provide safe and effective delivery of care.
2

Student demonstrates:

  • The ability to accurately acquire information and convey appropriate, effective messages
  • Ability to read and comprehend a range of literature and information.
  • The capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in a scholarly manner.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • The ability to acquire information and to accurately convey messages is fundamental to ensure safe and effective assessment, treatment and delivery of care.
  • The ability to read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental for safe and effective delivery of care.
4 Adjustments must enable demonstration of a capacity to effectively acquire, comprehend, apply and communicate accurate information. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions in written assignments.
  • Producing accurate, concise and clear speech pathology documentation (e.g., assessment reports, progress notes, referral/discharge letters) which meets legal requirements and demonstrates an acceptable standard of spelling, grammar, punctuation and organization of information. 

 
Numeracy 
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Competent and accurate numeracy skills are essential for safe and effective delivery of speech pathology services.
2 Student interprets and correctly applies data, measurements and numerical criteria.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Competent application of numeracy skills is essential in speech pathology to facilitate the safe and effective delivery of speech pathology services.
4 Adjustments must demonstrate a capacity to interpret and apply concepts and processes appropriately in a timely, accurate and effective manner.
5  Exemplars:
  • Recording accurate data in client notes (e.g., swallowing trials, intervention data).
  • Interpreting data from standardized assessments to compare client performance to normative data for diagnosis and intervention planning.

 

This course requires adequate visual, auditory and tactile abilities.

 
Visual  
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Adequate visual acuity is required to provide safe and effective speech pathology services.
2 Student demonstrates sufficient visual acuity to perform the required range of skills.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Sufficient visual acuity is necessary to demonstrate the required range of skills, tasks and assessments to maintain consistent, accurate and safe care to self and others.
  • Visual observations, examination and assessment are fundamental to safe and effective speech pathology practice.
4 Adjustments must address the need to perform the full range of tasks involved in professional practice. Any strategies to address the effects of the vision impairment must be effective, consistent and not compromise treatment or safety. 
5

Exemplars:

  • Observing clients interacting with others during communication assessments and intervention to note non-verbal behaviours and social-pragmatic skills.
  • Observing and detecting oromotor movements during assessments (e.g., articulation of speech sounds, swallowing during videofluoroscopy).

 
Auditory  
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Adequate auditory ability is required to provide safe and effective speech pathology services.
2 Student demonstrates sufficient aural function to undertake the required range of skills.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Sufficient auditory ability is necessary to monitor, assess and manage individual health needs consistently and accurately.
  • Auditory assessments and observations are fundamental to safe and effective speech pathology practice.
4 Adjustments must address the need to perform the full range of tasks involved in professional practice in the required range of professional practice settings. Any strategies to address the effects of the hearing impairment must be effective, consistent and not compromise treatment or safety. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Perceiving client responses during assessment and intervention to accurately identify articulation errors and changes in voice quality, including in group settings with multiple clients talking at the same time.
  • Hearing and recording language samples and/or client responses during case history interviewing and communication assessments.

 
Tactile
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Sufficient tactile ability is required to provide competent and safe speech pathology services
2 Student demonstrates sufficient tactile function to undertake the required range of skills and assessments.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Sufficient tactile ability is necessary to monitor, assess and detect clients’ physical characteristics and act on any abnormalities detected to provide appropriate speech pathology services.
  • Tactile assessments and observations are frequently required for safe and effective speech pathology practice.
4 Adjustments must ensure the capacity to make effective assessments of physical characteristics and abnormalities within safe time frames. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Conducting an oromotor or bedside swallowing assessment and detecting any anatomical or movement abnormalities.

 

This course requires strength and mobility involving fine and gross motor skills.

 
Gross motor
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Speech Pathology involves physical demands and requires gross motor function.
2 Student demonstrates the ability to perform gross motor skills to function within scope of practice.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Sufficient gross motor skills are necessary to perform, coordinate and prioritise care. Tasks that involve gross motor skills include lifting, carrying, standing, twisting and bending. Students must be able to demonstrate and perform these tasks consistently and safely to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
4 Adjustments must facilitate functional effectiveness, safety of self and others and a capacity to provide appropriate care. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Changing posture or stance to achieve optimum positioning relative to a client.
  • Manoeuvring within the professional practice environment to access clients and materials.

 
Fine motor
Level  Inherent requirements statements 
1 Speech pathology is a profession that requires manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
2 Student demonstrates the ability to use fine motor skills to provide safe effective care.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Sufficient fine motor skills are necessary to perform, coordinate and prioritise care. Tasks that involve fine motor skills include being able to grasp, press, push, turn, squeeze and manipulate various objects and individuals. Students must be able to demonstrate and perform these tasks consistently and safely to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
4 Adjustments should facilitate functional effectiveness, safety to self and others and a capacity to provide appropriate care. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Performing assessment techniques (e.g., using devices to count percentage of stutters, conducting oromotor/cranial nerve assessments, recording speech transcriptions).
  • Performing treatment techniques (e.g., programming alternative and augmentative communication devices, recording data and composing progress notes).

 

 
Level Inherent requirements statements
1 Speech pathology practice requires both physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level.
2

Student demonstrates:

  • Consistent and sustained level of physical energy to complete a specific task in a timely manner, over a period of time and under different conditions.
  • The ability to perform activities with a level of concentration that ensures a capacity to focus on the activity until it is completed appropriately.
  • The capacity to maintain consistency and quality of performance throughout the designated period of time. 
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

  • Sufficient physical and mental endurance is an essential requirement needed to perform multiple tasks in an assigned period to provide safe and effective care. 
4 Adjustments must ensure that performance is consistent and sustained over a given period. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the Campus Disability Advisor.
5

Exemplars:

  • Participating in tutorials, lectures, skills workshops throughout the day.
  • Undertaking speech pathology activities consistently over a negotiated time frame while on professional practice placement. 

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