Rotary Miranda and ESP & TS Scholarships

Scholarship provided by Rotary Miranda for Literacy and Language Learning Project - Indigenous support. Opportunity for six-week school based practicum in Darwin.

Purpose

Commencing in 2012, the opportunity exists for speech pathology students to apply for a scholarship to support their participation in a final year 6 week block school based practicum in Darwin. This practicum forms part of combined Rotary Miranda and Educational Speech Pathology & Therapy Services (ESP&TS) funded project with support from the University of Sydney.

  • Block 1: Semester 1
  • Block 2: Semester 2

Selection criteria

  • The Rotary Miranda and Educational Speech Pathology & Therapy Services (ESP&TS) Scholarships are open to students who are enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) course offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Sydney.
  • The Scholarships shall be open to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.
  • The Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students in the fourth year of their course (off campus semester). Students must have a satisfactory academic achievement and pass all the practical units prior to their final practicums.
  • There are up to twelve scholarships available (6 placements for each semester). Each scholarship is valued at $2000.00 (two thousand dollars only) and will finance student accommodation and airfares for the duration of the practicum in Darwin. Transfers to and from schools will also be provided. Access to photocopying, laminating, internet and VOIP will be available at the schools.
  • Successful applicants for this pilot project must have been on placement with ESP&TS in their third year and be highly familiar with the Kindy Kapers approach. Applications from students who have not been on an ESP&TS placement will only be considered if the applicant had demonstrated willingness to learn the ESP&TS approaches through voluntary attendance at schools.
  • Applicants should also demonstrate a willingness to work in a teacher centred process in classroom context with students from Indigenous and multicultural backgrounds. A particular interest in Indigenous literacy and language needs is also essential.
  • Strong outcomes achieved in prior ESP&TS school based practicum or other school based speech pathology experience as well as knowledge of Rotary and Rotary Health would also be desirable. Evidence Based Practice (EBP) approach to clinical work and willingness to consider further research in the areas of indigenous language, literacy and learning through ESP&TS and Rotary would also be an advantage
  • Students will be required to connect via VOIP with a Sydney based ESP&TS Clinical Educator each second or third day at a time specified on your contract. Students must also submit all lesson plans via an ESP&TS Google page on a weekly basis
  • The successful applicant's contact details will be provided to Rotary Health Australia and ESP&TS.
  • In addition it is an expectation of the Scholarship that within one month of placement completion, the successful students will, upon request, provide a 500 word report and feedback of their placement experience to Rotary Health Australia.
  • A committee appointed by the Faculty of Health Sciences plus a representative from ESP&TS will determine the scholarship recipients. The judging committee's decision will be final.
  • Students should be aware that information submitted for scholarship consideration will be shared with Rotary Miranda and ESP&TS.

Value

Accommodation, flight and transport costs can be subsidised by way of a generous $2000 scholarship per student provided by ROTARY MIRANDA for a period of one year only

How to apply

Submit a two-page application to , which demonstrates attributes of selection criteria as follows:

Essential
  • Previous experience on a previous school based placement with ESP&TS and high familiarity with the Kindy Kapers approach. Applications from students who have not been on an ESP&TS placement will only be considered if the applicant had demonstrated willingness to learn the ESP&TS approaches through voluntary attendance at schools.
  • Willingness to work in a teacher centered process in classroom context with students from Indigenous and multicultural backgrounds.
  • Interest in Indigenous literacy and language needs.
Desireable
  • Strong outcomes achieved in prior ESP&TS school based practicum or other school based speech pathology experience.
  • Knowledge of Rotary and Rotary health.
  • Evidence Based Practice (EBP) approach to clinical work and willingness to consider further research in the areas of indigenous language, literacy and learning through ESP&TS and Rotary

Enquiries

Elizabeth Bourne - Clinical Education Program Manager, Phone: 9036 7334
Email: