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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology)

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Course Description

Train to become an Assistant to a Speech Pathologist and help treat people with hearing loss and speech difficulties, with Open Colleges’ HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology) online course.

This course is superseded by CHC43021 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.  For now, you may still enrol in this course, and we will transition you to the new course at no additional cost once it is available. We’ll be in touch closer to our launch date to give you more information about what this means for you. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, as our friendly Enrolment Consultants are always happy to help.

What you'll learn

The Certificate IV will give you a versatile skill set that you will use to help Speech Pathologists diagnose and treat patients with hearing problems and speaking difficulties.

During your study you will learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with health professionals and clients.
  • Navigate and work in health and community services.
  • Test for hearing loss and analyse the results.
  • Provide counselling and advice to patients.
  • Recommend technical aids.
  • Deliver and monitor rehabilitation programs for individuals.

Why study this course

  • Designed with flexibility in mind, learning materials are divided into 15-20 minute chunks so you can learn whenever you have a spare few moments.

  • The virtual CareShore Health Centre immerses you in a healthcare environment and gets you used to working in a health centre with tours, lessons and quizzes.

  • Online learning materials allow you to add comments and questions, which can be seen, added to and answered by fellow students and Trainers.

  • Chat and interact with fellow students and Trainers in forums, or message Trainers and Assessors with any questions or queries you may have.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant

Course Details

Course number E1165
Qualification name HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Practical assessments, Presentations
Awarded by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

Requirements

Education

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian or require guardian/parental consent.

English

This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.

Computing

Access to others

This course includes a requirement to record video and/ or audio roleplays. These will require participation by 1-2 other people sourced by you.

Tools and equipment

You will need to purchase specific tools and equipment for this course. Click here to view the complete list of materials, equipment and tools required for this course. IT Requirements It is recommended that students have the following hardware and additional software:

  • Operating System:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
    • Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher Note: (Microsoft Office 365 can only guarantee support on the current release of Mac OS, plus two previous versions. Older versions may work but may have issues)
  • Processor: 2 GHz or faster, 2-core
  • Memory: 8GB of RAM or higher z916GB recommended)
  • Hard Drive: Space 2 GB free disk space
  • Browser: Chrome is the preferred browser for students
  • Windows users:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
  • Software:
    • Acrobat Reader
    • Microsoft Office 2017 or later (including MS Office 365). Note: if using an equivalent office software (such as Open Office or Apple Pages etc), ensure that documents can be formatted correctly and exported to common file formats
    • Audio recording Software (Voice recorder app, Garageband, or Audacity)
    • Video editing software (iMovie, Video Editor app)
    • File compression software
  • Internet Connection: DSL, Cable, or Satellite with at least 2mbps upload speed Note: it is strongly recommended that you have access to the Internet from home. Expecting to access your course from your work internet or a public network like a library or coffee shop may be impractical due to your average weekly study hours.
  • Printer/Scanner: Access to printing/scanning devices or facilities may be required for certain course activities
  • Peripherals:
    • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16-bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
    • Speakers or headset for audio playback
    • Microphone for audio recording
    • Webcam or equivalent (such as a smartphone with video recording capability)
  • E-Mail Capability: Access to e-mail through an e-mail program or web-based e-mail system (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, Mail for Android or Mail for iOS apps)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Physical requirements

  • Students need to be fit to:
    • Stand or stoop for long periods of time
    • Undertake light physical labour 
    • Manage exposure to blood, chemicals, and other bodily fluids
  • Learners undertaking the unit HLTAID011 Provide first aid, will be required to undertake Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) continuously for a minimum 2 minutes while kneeling on the floor as indicated in the assessment requirements for the unit.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Subjects

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.

 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Provide relevant information to clients
  • Prepare for therapy session
  • Provide assistance with therapy session
  • Use therapy equipment correctly and safely
  • Feedback appropriate therapy information to supervising allied health professional
  • Assist in the design and construction of simple therapy materials and equipment
  • Complete required administrative duties
  • Work with a primary health care approach
  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement
  • Communicate with clients and co-workers
  • Address communication needs
  • Facilitate meetings
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups

Module 2

  • Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
  • Carry out routine tasks
  • Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status

Module 3

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 4

  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Determine ethical responsibilities 
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures 
  • Monitor compliance
  • Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements

Module 5

  • Prepare for delivery of a speech pathology program
  • Conduct speech pathology program according to identified goals and methods under supervision of a speech pathologist
  • Assist with developing activities to support a speech pathology program
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment
  • Document client information
  • Prepare for support of treatment and monitoring programs to promote safe swallowing and eating
  • Deliver therapeutic program under supervision of speech pathologist
  • Monitor client’s management of dysphagia in consultation with speech pathologist and care team
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Document client information
  • Prepare for the development of augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • Assist in the development of augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • Support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment
  • Document client information

Module 6

  • Collect and assess information
  • Organise information
  • Review information needs

Module 7

All units in study period 7 are to be undertaken by an external provider.

  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Perform CPR procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance

Open Colleges does not offer this Unit of Competency. You will be required to undertake the Unit of Competency with an external provider at your own cost. 

Payment Options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Trainers

Natalie Albores

Natalie is a Sydney based speech pathologist. She has worked with children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in a number of non-government and government organisations. Natalie is considered one of the few expert adult mental health specialists in Australia and has been fortunate to meet with national leaders to advocate for this area. Natalie is also highly passionate and interested in clinical teaching, and in 2015 will complete her Masters Research in Clinical Education.  Natalie is passionate about clinical education and was awarded the title of clinical associate lecturer by the University of Sydney.

Extra Benefits

Hoping to go to Uni?

If you plan to enrol in a health or community services degree with Charles Sturt University when you complete this course, you’d be entitled to apply for the Open Colleges $2,000 scholarship to spend however you like. You could use it to assist with your tuition fees, to buy textbooks or to stock up on supplies for your new course. The scholarship is sponsored by Open Colleges and is awarded exclusively to four Open Colleges students per year.

Work Placement

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

The workplace will need to be involved in the delivery of professional allied health services, including speech pathology services, to clients.

Students will need access to a range of different clients and speech pathology programs for assessment purposes, including clients requiring speech and language support, clients with dysphagia and clients who are being supported by Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. 

Whilst on your placement, you will also need to assist the Speech Pathologist in the initial and/or ongoing assessment/screening of clients, as well as assisting in the preparation and provision of Texture Modified Foods and Fluids to clients.

Immunisations

State/Territory Health departments, clinics and hospitals across Australia will require students to provide a notice of immunisation, completed by a registered GP, to verify current and active immunisation prior to the commencement of their clinical placement. It should be noted that immunisation against Hepatitis B consists of a series of three injections taken over a 5 month period and you will not be deemed to be immune until such time as serology is provided post the 5 months to indicate your current status.  

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or OC), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation and uniforms are the responsibility of the student.

Partnership Details

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

SAVE FROM 20% OFF

Selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Voucher code: FEBRUARY05

Offer ends on Sunday 5th February 2023 at 11:59pm AEST.

*Terms & conditions

Course at a Glance

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Career Outcomes

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  • checkSpeech Pathology Assistant
  • checkTherapy Assistant
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Delivery Method

Online with Work Placement

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Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

Why study with us?

  • Study at your pace
  • Flexible payment options
  • Nationally recognised accreditation
  • World-class learning platform

Course at a Glance

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Career Outcomes

  • checkAllied Health Assistant
  • checkSpeech Pathology Assistant
  • checkTherapy Assistant
computer

Delivery Method

Online with Work Placement

credit_score

Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

SAVE FROM 20% OFF

Selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Voucher code: FEBRUARY05

Offer ends on Sunday 5th February 2023 at 11:59pm AEST.

*Terms & conditions

Train to become an Assistant to a Speech Pathologist and help treat people with hearing loss and speech difficulties, with Open Colleges’ HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology) online course.

This course is superseded by CHC43021 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.  For now, you may still enrol in this course, and we will transition you to the new course at no additional cost once it is available. We’ll be in touch closer to our launch date to give you more information about what this means for you. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, as our friendly Enrolment Consultants are always happy to help.

What you'll learn

The Certificate IV will give you a versatile skill set that you will use to help Speech Pathologists diagnose and treat patients with hearing problems and speaking difficulties.

During your study you will learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with health professionals and clients.
  • Navigate and work in health and community services.
  • Test for hearing loss and analyse the results.
  • Provide counselling and advice to patients.
  • Recommend technical aids.
  • Deliver and monitor rehabilitation programs for individuals.

Why study this course

  • Designed with flexibility in mind, learning materials are divided into 15-20 minute chunks so you can learn whenever you have a spare few moments.

  • The virtual CareShore Health Centre immerses you in a healthcare environment and gets you used to working in a health centre with tours, lessons and quizzes.

  • Online learning materials allow you to add comments and questions, which can be seen, added to and answered by fellow students and Trainers.

  • Chat and interact with fellow students and Trainers in forums, or message Trainers and Assessors with any questions or queries you may have.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant
Course number E1165
Qualification name HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Practical assessments, Presentations
Awarded by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

Education

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian or require guardian/parental consent.

English

This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.

Computing

Access to others

This course includes a requirement to record video and/ or audio roleplays. These will require participation by 1-2 other people sourced by you.

Tools and equipment

You will need to purchase specific tools and equipment for this course. Click here to view the complete list of materials, equipment and tools required for this course. IT Requirements It is recommended that students have the following hardware and additional software:

  • Operating System:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
    • Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher Note: (Microsoft Office 365 can only guarantee support on the current release of Mac OS, plus two previous versions. Older versions may work but may have issues)
  • Processor: 2 GHz or faster, 2-core
  • Memory: 8GB of RAM or higher z916GB recommended)
  • Hard Drive: Space 2 GB free disk space
  • Browser: Chrome is the preferred browser for students
  • Windows users:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
  • Software:
    • Acrobat Reader
    • Microsoft Office 2017 or later (including MS Office 365). Note: if using an equivalent office software (such as Open Office or Apple Pages etc), ensure that documents can be formatted correctly and exported to common file formats
    • Audio recording Software (Voice recorder app, Garageband, or Audacity)
    • Video editing software (iMovie, Video Editor app)
    • File compression software
  • Internet Connection: DSL, Cable, or Satellite with at least 2mbps upload speed Note: it is strongly recommended that you have access to the Internet from home. Expecting to access your course from your work internet or a public network like a library or coffee shop may be impractical due to your average weekly study hours.
  • Printer/Scanner: Access to printing/scanning devices or facilities may be required for certain course activities
  • Peripherals:
    • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16-bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
    • Speakers or headset for audio playback
    • Microphone for audio recording
    • Webcam or equivalent (such as a smartphone with video recording capability)
  • E-Mail Capability: Access to e-mail through an e-mail program or web-based e-mail system (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, Mail for Android or Mail for iOS apps)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Physical requirements

  • Students need to be fit to:
    • Stand or stoop for long periods of time
    • Undertake light physical labour 
    • Manage exposure to blood, chemicals, and other bodily fluids
  • Learners undertaking the unit HLTAID011 Provide first aid, will be required to undertake Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) continuously for a minimum 2 minutes while kneeling on the floor as indicated in the assessment requirements for the unit.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.

 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Provide relevant information to clients
  • Prepare for therapy session
  • Provide assistance with therapy session
  • Use therapy equipment correctly and safely
  • Feedback appropriate therapy information to supervising allied health professional
  • Assist in the design and construction of simple therapy materials and equipment
  • Complete required administrative duties
  • Work with a primary health care approach
  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement
  • Communicate with clients and co-workers
  • Address communication needs
  • Facilitate meetings
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups

Module 2

  • Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
  • Carry out routine tasks
  • Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status

Module 3

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 4

  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Determine ethical responsibilities 
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures 
  • Monitor compliance
  • Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements

Module 5

  • Prepare for delivery of a speech pathology program
  • Conduct speech pathology program according to identified goals and methods under supervision of a speech pathologist
  • Assist with developing activities to support a speech pathology program
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment
  • Document client information
  • Prepare for support of treatment and monitoring programs to promote safe swallowing and eating
  • Deliver therapeutic program under supervision of speech pathologist
  • Monitor client’s management of dysphagia in consultation with speech pathologist and care team
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Document client information
  • Prepare for the development of augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • Assist in the development of augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • Support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • Comply with supervisory requirements
  • Clean and store equipment
  • Document client information

Module 6

  • Collect and assess information
  • Organise information
  • Review information needs

Module 7

All units in study period 7 are to be undertaken by an external provider.

  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Perform CPR procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance

Open Colleges does not offer this Unit of Competency. You will be required to undertake the Unit of Competency with an external provider at your own cost. 

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Natalie Albores

Natalie is a Sydney based speech pathologist. She has worked with children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in a number of non-government and government organisations. Natalie is considered one of the few expert adult mental health specialists in Australia and has been fortunate to meet with national leaders to advocate for this area. Natalie is also highly passionate and interested in clinical teaching, and in 2015 will complete her Masters Research in Clinical Education.  Natalie is passionate about clinical education and was awarded the title of clinical associate lecturer by the University of Sydney.

Hoping to go to Uni?

If you plan to enrol in a health or community services degree with Charles Sturt University when you complete this course, you’d be entitled to apply for the Open Colleges $2,000 scholarship to spend however you like. You could use it to assist with your tuition fees, to buy textbooks or to stock up on supplies for your new course. The scholarship is sponsored by Open Colleges and is awarded exclusively to four Open Colleges students per year.

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

The workplace will need to be involved in the delivery of professional allied health services, including speech pathology services, to clients.

Students will need access to a range of different clients and speech pathology programs for assessment purposes, including clients requiring speech and language support, clients with dysphagia and clients who are being supported by Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. 

Whilst on your placement, you will also need to assist the Speech Pathologist in the initial and/or ongoing assessment/screening of clients, as well as assisting in the preparation and provision of Texture Modified Foods and Fluids to clients.

Immunisations

State/Territory Health departments, clinics and hospitals across Australia will require students to provide a notice of immunisation, completed by a registered GP, to verify current and active immunisation prior to the commencement of their clinical placement. It should be noted that immunisation against Hepatitis B consists of a series of three injections taken over a 5 month period and you will not be deemed to be immune until such time as serology is provided post the 5 months to indicate your current status.  

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or OC), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation and uniforms are the responsibility of the student.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.
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