Before Placement

As a clinical educator, we understand that your time is valuable. Listed below are some key steps to ensure both you and your student are prepared before the commencement of the placement.

  1. Arrange timeline of the placement

    Having a clear timeline of what your student will experience during their placement with you enables everyone to focus on the goals of building clinical skills through experience. Consider summarizing the types of clinical encounters, workflow timelines and break times.

  2. Discuss student responsibilities

    Students work with many clinical educators and benefit from their different perspectives on clinical practice. Consider what your key points are regarding student responsibilities whilst on placement and discuss them at the start of placement.

  3. Workplace expectations

    Students visit many locations for clinical placements and are familiar with privacy policies, dress codes and other expectations. Plan what you wish to raise with your student around your own organization’s expectations for the placement. Set aside a few minutes at the start of the placement to discuss these with your student. You are welcome to send pre-placement material to your student using their email details within Sonia.

How to provide remote placement for clinical audiology students

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on us all in many ways. One of these impacts has been the dramatic loss of clinical placement opportunities for current Audiology students nationwide. One way to combat this is via the use of remote (video conferencing) placements.

The Australian University Audiology courses have put together a short “how to” module in the form of some FAQs and videos outlining a remote placement model, that allows students to attend placement and actively contribute to a wide range of clinical activities over video conferencing software.

This module has been developed by HEARnet Learning and endorsed by Audiology Australia for 1 Cat 1.2 CPD point (CPD 2021 034 – free of charge to all Audiology Australia members). The module can be found in the HEARnet Learning online store, which you can access at https://bit.ly/hearnetstore, in the Clinical Education’ section.

Academic progression timeline

This timeline provides an overview of academic progression of our students during their Master of Clinical Audiology.

Semester 1 Year 1
  • Rehabilitation theory - Hearing aid basics, impression taking, and introduction to hearing aid verification
  • Diagnostic theory - basic adult and pediatric testing
Jun - Jul Year 1

Winter Break

Semester 2 Year 1
  • Rehabilitation theory - Basics of hearing assistive technology, introduction to hearing needs discussion, and hearing aid software adjustments
  • Diagnostic theory - application and extension of adult and paediatric theory and vestibular testing
Nov - Feb Year 1-2

Summer non-teaching period

Semester 1 Year 2
  • Rehabilitation theory - Advanced hearing aid verification and understanding impacts of dual sensory loss
  • Diagnostic theory - application of adult, paediatric, vestibular diagnostic theory
Jun - Jul Year 2

Winter break

Semester 2 Year 2
  • Rehabilitation theory - Advanced troubleshooting and tinnitus management
  • Diagnostic theory - cochlear implant theory
Graduation Year 2

Entry to practice

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Need Help?

For Placement queries:
Dianne Storey
Clinical Placements officer
e: aud-clinplacements@unimelb.edu.au
For Academic queries:
Dani Tomlin
Associate Professor
e: dtomlin@unimelb.edu.au