National Conference 2018

27 – 30 May 2018

Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia

Call for papers is now closed

The 2018 Conference Planning Committee (CPC) would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract, there has been a great response.

The CPC is currently finalising the conference program and all authors will be notified before the end of this year.

Online Program and Registration

The 2018 National Conference program and online registration will go live Wednesday 7 February 2018. Members are reminded to renew their membership prior to this date to take advantage of the discounted rate.

Come to Adelaide

Come to Adelaide in 2018 for a conference that will INSPIRE you!

INSPIRE is about INSpiring Practice Innovation, Research and Engagement.

The CPC wants you to be inspired by the 2030 vision for speech pathology to:

  • develop quality services by staying informed of and actively engaging with practice innovations and advances
  • take an active part in undertaking research to develop and refine the evidence base
  • ensure the rapid translation of evidence to practice
  • engage, connect and partner with others - people, communities and other professionals.

The INSPIRE theme:

  • captures the cycle of connection between practice and research: research informing practice and practice informing research
  • advocates for innovative practices to continuously improve outcomes for those with communication and swallowing disorders.

About Adelaide

Is it the Mediterranean weather, the exciting sporting and arts festivals, funky small bars, laid-back atmosphere, beautiful parks that surround the city centre or the easy access to glorious beaches that stretch for kilometres that makes Adelaide so special?

Like an indulgent chocolate box, Adelaide is full of unexpected delights – such as kayaking with dolphins on Port River, lying under the stars listening to music, tasting boutique wines or enjoying a relaxed, sunny lunch. Those who have already attended one of the major sporting events or arts festivals, such as Clipsal 500, Tour Down Under, Adelaide Fringe or WOMADelaide, will need little convincing to revisit the city. But newcomers are likely to be overwhelmed by the city’s youthful energy, the dynamic food scene and sheer physical beauty.

As the capital of Australia’s most productive wine state, access to some of Australia’s premier wine regions such as the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale is a breeze. Adelaide has long been known for its hospitality, but the city’s profile has received a boost with the arrival of Jamie's Italian from British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, alongside Sean Connolly’s new restaurant at the Adelaide Casino, Sean’s Kitchen. Change is in the air and the evidence is tangible. Whether strolling through the city’s refurbished cultural precinct, shopping in the newer, sleeker Rundle Mall, discovering the latest laneway bar or catching a game at the glittering new-look Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide also celebrates its Aboriginal heritage. Visitors can enjoy several Indigenous experiences, including the Warriparinga Wetlands, Tjilbruke Dreaming Track and Living Kaurna Cultural Centre. And thanks to the work of the city's first surveyor-general, Colonel William Light in 1836, you can still get almost anywhere in Adelaide within 20 minutes. In this city, good food, family and generosity still matter and the rush hour is happening somewhere else.

Public Transport

Three main taxi companies operate in the Adelaide metropolitan area and ranks are located on North Terrace, right on the doorstep of the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC).

The historic Adelaide Railway Station is located a 2 minute walk from the ACC , and the Tram stop is just in front of the Railway Station.

The free City Connector bus is an easy way of navigating around Adelaide, look out for bus 98c or 98A. Adelaide is great to tour by bike as well. The ACC is a designated pick up and drop off point for Adelaide Free Bikes – an initiative run by the Adelaide City Council. All you need is a valid driver’s licence, passport or Australian proof of age card!

Book your airport transfers.

2018 Conference Planning Committee (CPC)

  • Barbara Lyndon - Conference Convenor
  • Jane Bickford –Scientific Program Chair (SPC)
  • Tamara Hall
  • Penny Miller
  • Joanne Murray
  • Cori Williams - Senior Advisor, Evidence Based Practice and Research
  • Pamela Richards - National Conference Manager.