Tuesday, 10 January 2012
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology course, which commenced at ECU in 2009, was recently awarded accreditation by the national professional body Speech Pathology Australia. All Speech Pathology courses in Australia need to be accredited by Speech Pathology Australia in order for graduates to work in the field. Detailed documentation of the course content, clinical training experiences provided, and procedures employed for the assessment of clinical competency formed the basis of ECU’s application for accreditation. The documentation was examined by a panel of national accreditors, who also made a site visit to ECU in September, meeting staff and students, and seeing the excellent resources available including the Simulation Centre and the Interprofessional Ambulatory Care Unit located in the Vario Wellness Clinic. Course Coordinator and Foundation Chair in Speech Pathology Professor Beth Armstrong reported that the accreditation team was very impressed with the program and the facilities at ECU. Discussions with stakeholders provided evidence of a strong academic and clinical program that is well supported by a complement of staff with high levels of expertise in the field. ECU will have its first Speech Pathology graduates at the end of 2012.