SPH423 Managing Complexity in Speech Pathology (16)

In this subject, students will integrate their knowledge, skills and attributes to explore speech pathology practice with individuals and within communities. Students will explore complex clinical scenarios focusing on clients with complex presentations. They will critically evaluate the impact of geographical, institutional and cultural environments on service provision with a special focus on rural, remote and multicultural contexts. Students will apply their learning to a range of case studies and a community project. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH423. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is available only to students enrolled in the B Speech and Language Pathology.


SPH333 or SPH314

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate competence in negotiating, designing, implementing and evaluating community-based practice
  • be able to integrate collaborative and holistic viewpoints to analyse complex clinical scenarios and generate hypotheses for client management
  • be able to integrate knowledge of ethics and socio-cultural contexts to critique speech pathology practice
  • be able to explore issues of access and equity of speech pathology services and the impacts on client care
  • be able to apply research principles and procedures - database searches, critiquing of empirical research, data collection and analysis, synthesis and reporting of knowledge - to complex cases


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical reasoning for complex cases: integration of knowledge, skills and attributes across populations, aetiologies, speech pathology range of practice areas and contexts
  • Ethics, access and equity of speech pathology services: geographical, institutional and cultural barriers and facilitators
  • Rural and remote speech pathology practice in community settings: health promotion, community engagement, telehealth
  • Advocacy as speech pathology practice
  • Evaluation of speech pathology practice: quality improvement frameworks


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.