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Speech pathology goes rural

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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ECU’s speech pathology course is making a difference to those based in rural and remote communities.

The Geraldton initiative, part of the speech pathology course and funded by Health Workforce Australia, allows students to get experience in hospitals, schools, community centres and aged care settings.

“The program has been a fantastic success so far,” said Speech Pathology Clinical Coordinator Abigail Lewis.

“The feedback from both students and supervisors has been overwhelmingly positive, with some students already talking about potentially working in Geraldton and taking up rural positions on graduation.”

“It’s a mutually beneficial program – providing students with on the job experience and providing those in rural areas access to much needed medical assistance,” Ms Lewis said.

The Geraldton initiative is funded by Health Workforce Australia and is coordinated through WACHS. Sixteen ECU Speech Pathology students in their final year of study are currently rotating through the unit, which is based at Geraldton but also gives students experiences in areas such as the Murchison and Mullewa.

The course was recently highlighted at the prestigious Asia Pacific Education Collaboration in Speech Language Pathology conference in Hobart.

For more information on the program and studying speech pathology at ECU visit reachyourpotential.com.au.

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