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Life Member Suze Leitão curates @WeSpeechies – report writing

From 13-18 August, Speech Pathology Australia Life Member, Suze Leitão (aka @suze_freogirl) is curating @WeSpeechies in Twitter, on “The craft and science of SLP/SLT report writing: meeting the needs of diverse audiences.” Suze’s week on @WeSpeechies is an opportunity for speech pathologists and other interested parties to share tips, ideas and resources about writing reports that connect with their intended audiences. Speech Pathology Australia is supporting Suze Leitão and @WeSpeechies by making its Guide for Speech Pathology Australia Members: Report Writing accessible for everyone (until 31 August). Join Suze Leitão as she moderates a #WeSpeechies chat on this topic, on Tuesday 15 August from 3 pm AWST (1 pm AEST).

View the Guide for Speech Pathology Australia Members: Report Writing This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Nominations are open for Branch Executive members for 2018

Members are encouraged to nominate for their Branch Executive. If you are interested in being involved in the activities of the Association in 2018, download the nomination form or contact the Association and have a form emailed to you. Download the nomination form This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.. Nominations must be submitted via email to the Association by Wednesday 20 September 2017. Branch Executive roles are for a twelve month term.

NB. Those currently holding Branch Executive roles must re-nominate in order to be considered for 2018.

Whether you are a student member, working in private practice, government or NGO roles, your input and suggestions are critical to how your Branch operates. If you would like to know more about joining the Branch Executive contact your Branch Chair.

 

Membership renewal year to change in 2018

Speech Pathology Australia can confirm that as of 1 July 2018, the membership year will follow the financial year i.e. 1 July to 30 June. This will supersede the current calendar membership year.

The change follows feedback from members that the end of calendar year is often challenging financially and has time constraints for those on holidays. The Association’s National Office also closes over the Christmas period, so changing the renewal period allows more support for members at this time. It also allows the claiming of the full cost of membership as a tax deduction.

As the Association introduces this change members will have some options.

Option 1
At renewal time, which will open on 1 December 2017, members may renew for 18 months (1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019). Membership fees will remain the same as for the 2017 membership year (pro rata) and cover the full 18 months.

Option 2
At renewal time, which will open on 1 December 2017, members may renew for 6 months (1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018). There will be no increase in membership fees at this time.

If a member renews for 6 months (1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018), they will have to renew again from 1 July 2018 for 12 months to take them into the new financial year cycle. There will be a small increase of two per cent on membership fees for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

If you have any questions at all regarding this matter contact the Association’s friendly membership team by email or telephone 1300 368 835.

For example, a Certified Practising membership will cost as follows

Membership period Fees (CPSP)
Option 1 18 months membership - 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019 - no increase from 2017 fees $803
Option 2 6 months membership - 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018 - no increase from 2017 fees $268

12 months membership - 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 - two per cent increase on 2017 fees $546