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Specialist Communication Disorders Across the Lifespan PG (10271.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Speech Pathology


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This unit is divided into two modules; the first module explores voice disorders, and the second explores fluency disorders. The unit focuses on the characteristics, epidemiology and aetiology of these disorders across the lifespan, and develops competencies in assessment, analysis and management. Specific intervention techniques are studied, in addition to the application of evidence based practice principles.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand assessment protocols, and develop competencies in analysis and interpretation of assessment for diagnosis of voice, and fluency disorders across the lifespan;

2. Analyse and evaluate the theories and processes underlying voice and fluency disorders;

3. Apply clinical reasoning skills, the ICF and evidence-based practice principles to develop assessment and management plans for individuals with voice and fluency disorders; and

4. Apply appropriate intervention techniques through critical analysis and integration of current literature.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

4 hours per week, consisting of lectures/problem based learning/interactive workshops.


10267 Principles of Dysphagia PG AND 10269 Speech and Language Disorders - Paediatrics PG AND 10270 Neurogenic Communication Disorders PG AND 10272 Clinical Speech Pathology 2 PG AND 6486 Research Planning PG


Must be enrolled in 371JA Master of Speech Pathology.

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