During Placement

Establishing expectations and understanding placement requirements is important for the successful progression of the placement. On this page, you can find steps that will guide you through the  placement.

  1. Set student expectations

    Students are expected to engage in all clinical tasks directed by you, whether or not they have formally covered these in lectures.

  2. Set placement expectations

    The Master of Speech Pathology Clinical Education team emphasises quality over quantity in terms of clinical interactions, so 2-3 clients a day can be plenty when the student is engaging in project work, planning, analysis and potentially some interdisciplinary practice as well.

  3. Understand assessment requirements

    There are no minimum criteria for clinical tasks, however students will likely seek opportunities to write a report and complete an assessment with a client as they must submit these as part of their portfolio.

  4. Provide regular feedback

    Students should receive regular feedback from you, the clinical educator, as well as their peers if applicable. Feedback can be verbal or written, whichever you prefer. If verbal, we encourage students to write down the key points from your feedback.

  5. Mid-placement assessment

    The Mid Placement Assessment requires that students self-rate Units and Elements on COMPASS ® first, following which you rate the student on Units and Elements. This is their formative assessment, and students are expected to take on board feedback and to review their learning goals for the second half of their placement to direct their learning.

  6. Raise concerns (if any)

    If at any point during the placement you have concerns about student progress you are encouraged to contact the Clinical Education Coordinator of the Master of Speech Pathology without delay to troubleshoot, problem solve and intervene early.



Need Help?

Kelly Williams
Clinical Placement Officer
t: 03 8344 7453
e: sp clined@unimelb.edu.au
Eliza Martin
Practice Education Coordinator
t: 03 9035 3620
e: elizam1@unimelb.edu.au