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Seeking clients to assist with aged care advocacy

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking consumer/client stories to share with the public, other health professionals, advocacy groups and government. The spotlight is on aged care and human rights, presenting an opportunity to advocate for the speech pathology profession. This advocacy will build an understanding of the importance of communication and swallowing, its impact on social participation, the mealtime experience, and quality of life, and the valuable role of speech pathology in aged care.

The Association would like to hear from members with clients interested in sharing their story. Stories of particular interest may relate to the benefits obtained from accessing speech pathology, the impact of communication and swallowing difficulties on daily life, the impact of not being able to access adequate / appropriate services such as speech pathology.

For more information or to register interest, either telephone the Association’s Senior Advisor Aged Care or Adult/Aged Care Project Officer on 1300 368 835 or email the Association.


EOI: Professional Standards Advisory Committee

The Association is seeking Expressions of Interest from members interested in nominating to be part of the Professional Standards Advisory Committee (PSAC). PSAC is an advisory committee to the Association’s Board of Directors, providing advice on the quality, maintenance and monitoring of professional standards functions. View the PSAC terms of reference This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Members interested in nominating to join the PSAC should email a copy of their Resume and a 300-500 word summary detailing their knowledge, experience and how this addresses the essential criteria to Professional Standards Administration Assistant by 5 pm EST on Friday 9 July, 2021.

Queries regarding joining the PSAC should be emailed to the Manger Professional Standards.


Health Professionals and Support Services Award (MA000027)

Update to the Pay and Conditions Tool

From 24 May 2021 the Fair Work Ombudsman announced changes to the Saturday and Sunday overtime rates for casual employees in the Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) and the pay guides between 18 June 2020 and 20 November 2020.

WorkPlacePlus can reassure Association members that the Health Professionals and Support Services Award (MA000027) has not changed.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has made updates to the PACT Tool to improve its functionality. This is a very useful tool for employers and employees to apply the terms of their relevant Award.

This information should alleviate any concerns members may have had regarding Fairwork’s recent announcement.

Members with question or require tailored HR/IR assistance do not hesitate to WorkPlacePlus (see Member benefits).


Call for Applications: Independent Contractor – SPA Accreditor of University Programs

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is seeking to increase its team of Independent Contractors responsible for the accreditation of speech pathology degree programs. Accreditation is the process by which the Association determines whether a professional entry speech pathology degree meets the prescribed SPA Accreditation Standards.

The term of contract is three years and the role attracts an honorarium. Applications are invited from suitably qualified speech pathologists who have experience working in academic and/or work integrated learning contexts and have demonstrated experience in the implementation and/or assessment of competency standards in speech pathology or a related field.

View a full description of the role and selection criteria, and how to applyThis graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Applications close on Sunday 13 June 2021.