SPH524 Issues of Ethics, Access and Equity in Speech Pathology Practice (8)

In this subject, students extend their knowledge of frameworks of practice and critically reflect on the ways in which these frameworks interact with issues of ethics, access and equity in a range of diverse contexts. Students synthesise their understanding of the frameworks for practice with knowledge of service delivery models and the geographical, institutional and sociocultural factors which can affect the accessibility of services, in order to propose potential solutions for specific client and community case studies. Students develop research skills, such as literature reviewing and preparing surveys, interviews and focus groups, to inform needs analysis and community engagement. 

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Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Speech Pathology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply research skills to investigate the roles of geographic, institutional and sociocultural contexts, theoretically and in relation to specific client or community case studies
  • be able to critically reflect on how professional and institutional practices, frameworks for practice, and geographic and sociocultural contexts facilitate or challenge the equity of access of speech pathology services, and explain how these frameworks and contexts shape professional practice
  • be able to use technical, creative and communication skills, including a range of written and digital literacy skills, to communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • be able to reflect critically on their beliefs, attitudes and values in relation to issues of access and equity in a way that demonstrates knowledge of ethical and professional frameworks


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ethics
  • Barriers and facilitators to access and equity
  • Geographical factors
  • Institutional factors
  • Socio-cultural factors
  • Community engagement and needs analysis


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.