Workshops about learning difficulties

La Trobe University and the Victorian Department of Education previously collaborated to run a series of workshops about learning difficulties. These workshops are now available online, as free webinars (via YouTube). The webinars are presented by Dr Tanya Serry, based on material developed with Professor Pamela Snow, Ms Emina McLean and Assistant Professor Jane McCormack. Each webinars is about 40-45 minutes in length.

Webinar 1: Delving into Systematic Synthetic Phonics

Webinar 2: Analysing spelling errors

Webinar 3: Decodable and predictable books: Weighing the options up

Webinar 4: Transitioning from oral language to becoming literate

Webinar 5: Delving into Explicit instruction (available after 8 October).


Allied Health Staffing: Inpatient Standards for the provision of Inpatient Adult Rehabilitation Medicine Services in Public and Private Hospitals

Member feedback is sought on the current Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Inpatient Standards for the provision of Inpatient Adult Rehabilitation Medicine Services in Public and Private Hospitals.

The purpose of these standards is to guide RACP Fellows, government, health service planners and administrators in their decision making about the provision of inpatient adult rehabilitation medicine service in public and private hospitals. Speech Pathology Australia is providing feedback on the recommended allied health staffing numbers to Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), to contribute to the review by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians of the current standards document.

In particular, the Association is seeking member comments regarding the following:

  • Are the staffing ratios in the current standards reflected in your organisation’s staffing?
  • Are the current standards impacting on private health insurance funding or being applied in other settings with negative impacts for allied health providers?
  • Specific feedback about the ratios, e.g. do you object to ratios generally for any reason, are these ratios accurate, is significant additional work required to determine appropriate ratios in the situations outlined in the standards?

Please provide feedback to the Association’s Senior Advisor, Ethics and Professional Issues by COB Thursday 20 September.


Online NDIS training for allied health professionals

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is presenting the Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for Allied Health Professions course. The course has been developed by AHPA and its member associations to provide a detailed introduction to the NDIS for allied health professionals.

The AHPA NDIS training consists of four modules:

  • Module 1: Overview of the NDIS
  • Module 2: NDIS Participant Plans, Goals and Outcomes
  • Module 3: Introduction to NDIS Funded Supports for AHPs
  • Module 4: My NDIS Pathway – How AHPs Provide Support

The course is $55 for members of Speech Pathology Australia using the necessary promo code. (Get the promo code). Non-members pay the full rate of $165.

Register online today for this course.

After completing the four modules, it is expected that allied health professionals will have a much more thorough understanding of the NDIS and how the scheme impacts on the delivery of services for people with disabilities (participants). The training and associated reading will take approximately six hours.

Questions about accessing the training should be directed to the APS Institute who are hosting the training on behalf of AHPA. They can be contacted via (03) 8662 3300 or online.


Nominations for Branch Executives are now open

Nominations are now open for election to executive positions on state and territory Branches of Speech Pathology Australia.

Completed nomination forms must be received at National Office by 5.00 pm on 20 September 2018. Nomination forms should be emailed to Speech Pathology Australia.

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Find a Speech Pathologist search

The Association has recently reconfigured the Find a Speech Pathologist search on this website. Members need to ensure that their details are up-to-date so that the correct information is presented to the public in search results. Learn how to update workplace details This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..


Thirty (30%) per cent discount on books

There is a 30 per cent discount on books for members of associations and societies partnering with Taylor & Francis – viz. Speech Pathology Australia. The offer ends on 31 December 2018. Visit either the CRC Press or Routledge websites, select the titles to be purchased, and enter the discount code into the promotional code box provided during checkout. Discount applies to purchase of Routledge, CRC Press and Taylor & Francis books. Secure the necessary 30% discount code This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..


Communications from Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia communicates regularly with members through a variety of means. The Association will, however, never contact a member through submission of a website contact form.

The Association has become aware that there may have been incidences of this happening. Where a member receives contact of this nature, stating it is from Speech Pathology Australia, they should immediately contact the Association as we are endeavouring to take steps to prevent this from occurring. Contact Speech Pathology Australia.