SPH423 Community and Evidence Based Speech Pathology Practice (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 clinical scenarios focusing on clients with coexisting communication and/or swallowing difficulties. 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.


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 or SPH315

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 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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical reasoning for 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH423 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Advanced topic literature review
Evaluating equity & access in practice
Community engagement
Case based exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.