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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. The unit focuses on the assessment and management of complex clients and related issues with first semester focusing on adults and second semester on paediatric clients. Once a hearing loss is confirmed (PHYL5502/PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 1/Part 2), the next step is to determine the site of lesion, possible treatments and a management plan. The unit prepares the audiologist with specialised audiometric techniques and management strategies. It also enables the audiologist to work as part of a management team in neonatal, paediatric and educational settings, and within the deaf community. Also emphasised is tinnitus management, and tinnitus assessment and treatment. Each component of assessment must be passed in order to pass the unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain assessment and management of complex clients and related issues; (2) explain site of lesion testing using the battery of hearing diagnostic tests; (3) explain possible treatments and management plans for clients (adult/child/other complex cases); (4) explain tinnitus pathology, assessment and treatment options, including masking, psychological training and other management strategies; (5) explain other complex audiological management including noise intolerance, social interactions within the deaf community, educational audiology; and (6) explain teamwork and project design required for audiological screening (adult, paediatric and neonatal).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment; (2) practical examination; and (3) theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the continuous assessment, practical examination, and theory examination components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Helen Goulios and Associate Professor Helmy Mulders
Unit rules
Enrolment in
90540 Master of Clinical Audiology
or 00840 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology
and Successful completion of
48 points in your chosen degree
Contact hours
equivalent to 4 hours per week as a mix of lectures/labs/tutorials plus 100 hours of accredited at-elbow supervision at a recognised clinical site. Delivery of theoretical material occurs in two intensive five-week courses in January–March and June–August, followed by two weeks in both semesters of hands-on work at UWA, before the supervised clinical work off-campus throughout the year.

Katz, J., ed. Handbook of Clinical Audiology, 5th edn: Williams & Wilkins Press 2002


Prescribed readings from Johnstone-Peters Library of Hearing Science.

Patuzzi, R., ed. Proceedings of VII International Tinnitus Seminar: UWA 2002

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