SPH534 Cultural Competency and Community Development as Speech Pathology Practice (8)

In this subject, students engage with the history and current realities of Australias Indigenous people and critically reflect on the influence this has on the accessibility and appropriateness of speech pathology services. Students further develop their reflective practice skills by exploring their own values and beliefs, and critiquing speech pathology practices when working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations. This subject has a specific focus on Indigenous Australian people, languages and culture. The role of language and cultural maintenance in health and wellbeing is explored. Students develop their knowledge of Indigenous Australian languages and their skills in linguistic analysis, to facilitate their provision of culturally responsive speech pathology services.  This subject is taught collaboratively by the School of Indigenous Australian Studies and the School of Community Health.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH534. 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

Restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Speech Pathology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • to be able to critically reflect on own knowledge, values, and experiences to identify personal learning goals relating to the development of cultural responsiveness, and strategies for achieving those goals
  • to be able to critically reflect on how knowledge of Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and contemporary contexts, facilitate or challenge current models of speech pathology practice and service provision
  • to be able to develop skills and knowledge in linguistic analysis that facilitate linguistically and culturally responsive speech pathology assessment and intervention practices
  • to be able to critique Indigenous Australian relationships with language and the role of language maintenance in health and wellbeing
  • to be able to apply research principles and procedures appropriate to Indigenous Australian people and their communities, to the evaluation of communication and/or swallowing needs


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Indigenous Standpoint Theory
  • Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and professional practice in speech pathology
  • Indigenous Australian languages
  • Working with Indigenous Australian people and communities


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.