Inherent requirements statements
- Effective and professional verbal communication, in English, is an essential requirement to provide competent delivery of care.
- Student demonstrates: Respect for diversity during individual, family and community interactions
- Accurate and timely comprehension and processing of conversational speech, verbal instructions and feedback
- Clear expression with intelligible and appropriate instructions and feedback required for the communication context
- Capacity to provide an accurate and timely model of speech and language skills in clinical setting
- Effective presentation of information in a group/ team setting
- Ability to use interpersonal communication skills to positively interact and build rapport with others
- Ability to respond appropriately during communication interactions with others when ‘higher level’ language skills are required including understanding abstract concepts, humour and responding appropriately to cynicism or sarcasm
- Capacity to adapt own communication to provide accessible information and facilitate others to effectively communicate
Justification of inherent requirement:
- Verbal communication equivalent to an IELTS level 8 or above is a requirement for students enrolling in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Honours degree
- Verbal communication is a core element of speech pathology professional practice
- Communicating in a way that displays respect and empathy with others underpins effective professional relationships
- Comprehension of conversation, instructions and feedback is integral to clinical learning and practice
- Accurate, clear and appropriate speech and language models are required to provide effective therapy
- Presenting verbal information in group situations is consistently required in speech pathology workplaces
- Timely, accurate and effective delivery of instructions and feedback is essential for speech pathology management
- Speech pathology students will need to adapt their communication in response to clients’ communication needs
- Speech pathology practice may include communication in face to face and online environments
Adjustments must address effectiveness, timeliness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure safety and appropriate care. Adjustments must enable effective verbal communication in individual, small and large groups (consistent with speech pathology practice). Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with a Support Equity Officers.
- Participating in tutorial, simulation, clinical discussions and verbal presentations.
- Demonstrating verbal communication skills to convey complex clinical speech pathology information, concepts, assessment and management with individuals, families and communities
- Communicating effectively with peers, educators, and team members to plan, implement and evaluate speech pathology services