How to provide remote placements for clinical audiology students
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.
Remote placements for students are different to a full implementation of teleaudiology programs within clinics. As we all know, there is considerable planning and investment that is required to establish an efficient teleaudiology service (see here for an overview).
Remote placements for students use existing infrastructure and cloud-based communication platforms to enable a student to engage in select clinical encounters at a distance. That distance may be as close as the next room within the clinic, or as far as the student’s home.
This remote placement guidance has been written for the scenario of computer-based audiometers with internet access. These computers will need to have their microphone and speakers activated (in the same room where the client will be). Webcams are preferable, but not essential.
This module was written and edited by the University of Melbourne and Macquarie University. Please note Audiology Australia members can use this as a (non-endorsed) CPD activity.