1 x 3-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour lecture-3 once-only
1 x 3-hour lecture-2 once-only
1 x 5-hour field placement weekly
1 x 30-hour independent study per semester
1 x 5-hour project work weekly
Admission into MAUD-Master of Audiology
Enrolment not permitted
AUDI9115 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Students are assumed to have integrated into this topic heir paediatric clinical testing protocols and their case history skills learnt during this semester in Audiology II and Clinical Audiology II.
Assignments; Fieldwork; Tutorial Presentation
Topic description
This topic introduces and develops additional key aspects of clinical and professional practice. These include: ethics, universal precautions and occupational health and safety. Further development of the student's communication and interpersonal skills will focus on counselling as well as communicating with patients of non-English speaking background and members of the Deaf Community and using an interpreter. Case management and continuity of care will be covered within specific reference to childhood deafness and paediatric audiology. Further development of students ability to source and evalutate scientific information will be covered. The principles and practices of primary health care, preventative health and health promotion will be introduced and developed in conjunction with PBL cases in concurrent topics. Insight into the nature of multi - professional health care teams and their role with different clients will also be addressed.
Educational aims
The topic aims to provide the student with:

  • further opportunities to observe and practice communication skills, with a focus on the provision to the client of clear and accurate information, including breaking bad news

  • skills in report writing and accurate record keeping

  • demonstrate critical analysis of scientific information

  • knowledge of issues related to hearing and communication of specific minority groups within the community, e.g. non-English speaking people, members of the deaf community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

  • understanding of basic counselling technique

  • familiarity with different models of service delivery and the ability to analyse their implications for practice, especially client management

  • insight into the nature of multi - professional health care teams and their role with different clients and in different settings

  • insight into the primary orientation and roles of other health and education professionals

  • an understanding of productive team relationships and opportunities to observe and analyse these mechanisms as part of the paediatric case study

  • familiarity with the range of health services to which clients can be referred

  • recognition of the audiologist's responsibility to integrate preventive and treatment approaches to audiological practice.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, a student will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and integration of a range of advanced issues related to current clinical practice in audiology

  • apply basic clinical and professional skills in areas such as primary health care and counselling

  • discuss the personal and family implications of having a child with a significant hearing loss

  • discuss how a child with a significant hearing loss functions in a range of settings, with particular reference to communication

  • integrate some general principles of paediatric and educational audiology and apply them to a real life situation

  • undertake appropriate assessments with a child with a significant hearing loss.

  • integrate the information from all sources and views into a coherent and cohesive presentation.

  • reflect on the clinical process and the roles played by all participants

  • demonstrate critical analysis of scientific information.