COMPASS® is a competency-based assessment tool designed to validly assess the performance of speech pathology students in their placements. The tool is delivered via the internet and is also available in a paper-based version. The resources on this page support the use of COMPASS® by students and educators.
For information on the competencies used to assess speech pathology students on placement see:
These interactive walkthroughs demonstrate how COMPASS® online works for students and educators
- COMPASS® walkthrough:
Student – Mid-placement (coming soon)
- COMPASS® walkthrough: Student – End-placement (coming soon)
- COMPASS® walkthrough: Educator – Mid-placement (coming soon)
- COMPASS® walkthrough: Educator – End-placement (coming soon)
These two resources provide scenarios of (hypothetical) students and educators at the Mid- and End-placement assessment where there are indicators that the student may be at risk of failing to progress in their development of clinical competencies. They can be used as a self-study guide for educators and students and as a resource for use in workshops to stimulate discussion and the development of problem solving strategies
- Problem solving with COMPASS®: Mid-placement assessment [Zip Archive - 7.14 MB]
- Problem solving with COMPASS® End-placement assessment [Zip Archive - 6.75 MB]
Reflecting with COMPASS® [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 657.35 KB] is a worked example of student reflection in relation to COMPASS®, prior to commencing the first clinical placement (child caseload), at the mid stage of the same placement, and at the end of the same placement. This resource can be used as a model by students as part of their self-directed study, or by academic and clinical educators in working with students.
These videos are of educators talking about their interpretation of using COMPASS® in their work place. They will provide you with ideas for applying the behavioural descriptors to your setting so you can develop examples to support learning and assessment.
- Andrew Bullen talks about his expectations of student competency at intermediate and entry-level when on placement in a residential setting for adults with intellectual impairment.
- The Andrew Bullen interview excerpt focuses on behavioural descriptors.
- Maria Berarducci talks about her expectations of student competency at intermediate and entry-level when on placement in an inpatient adult rehabilitation unit.
2011 Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech
Speech Pathology Code of ethics
Scope of Practice
Parameters of Practice
Position Statement on Clinical Education
Asia Pacific Education Collaboration in Speech Language Pathology (APEC SLP) Clinical Education Resources
The development of these resources and materials has been made possible by contributions from Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), Health Workforce Australia (HWA), Flinders University, University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, La Trobe University, James Cook University.
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