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The different needs of rural and regional schools

Service delivery within remote, rural and regional areas of Australia places specific demands on the speech pathology profession. At present, there is an increased obligation on you, the speech pathologist to provide the most effective service possible, in the most efficient and cost-effective manner in order to achieve a greater throughput of clients. If you run a private practice, you may have a considerable waiting list and already be unable to see as many clients as you wish. An increased focus on evidence-based practice challenges the profession to use intervention methods which have been shown to be both effective and efficacious. Telepractice considerations Telepractice has the same delivery but there are technical and privacy considerations. Think about bandwidth and the platform used as schools will have specific requirements and are not likely to be able to use all platforms. Consider collaborating with staff, and staff requirements for provision of support through telepractice.

person and thus would not be recommended. All speech pathologists involved in the dual servicing arrangement must be cognisant of the fact that they are equally ethically responsible for ensuring that they work cooperatively and collaboratively and that the service they provide is appropriate, evidence based and consistent with the client’s need. When dual servicing occurs it will require careful planning and coordination in order to maximise outcomes and not compromise the benefit to the client. In particular, if a client requests that an external speech pathologist provide a service in a school, you, the speech pathologist must: • gain permission to see the client from the person responsible (for example, the parent and school principal); • familiarise yourself with any policies and procedures that the school may have about external providers coming into that facility; and consultation with the principal and any other professionals involved. Each of the speech pathologists involved in the dual servicing arrangement must contribute to the development of the client’s speech pathology service plan. From the outset, clear lines of communication will need to be established between all those involved in the dual servicing arrangement. The two, or more, speech pathologists in consultation with the client, caregiver (if applicable), and any other professionals involved will need to develop a speech pathology service plan which includes: • the overall goals to be worked on; • a breakdown of the goals to be worked on by each speech pathologist; • specific roles and responsibilities for each speech pathologist; • negotiate the service agreement in

Telepractice in Speech Pathology Position Statement

Working with other speech pathologists (dual servicing)

Dual Servicing in Speech Pathology Position Statement

Dual servicing in speech pathology occurs when a client accesses speech pathology services from two or more speech pathologists, frequently from different organisations or services, at the same time. Speech Pathology Australia has determined that there may be some occasions where dual servicing in speech pathology would not achieve positive outcomes for a child or young


Speech Pathology Australia: Speech Pathology in Schools Project

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