A National Guide for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia

A National Guide for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia was launched on Tuesday 16 October. The Guideline:

  • Aims to support improved diagnostic practices and consistency nationally and ensure that future diagnostic assessments are in keeping with best practice guidelines. The Guideline is evidence based and aims to support equitable and accessible processes for diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Includes 70 recommendations for Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia
  • Provides web links to a range of relevant resources.

Speech Pathology Australia has developed a brief summary for members.


EOI: Working group on speech pathology and the justice system

Speech Pathology Australia is calling for expressions of interest from members wanting to join a working party to develop a Clinical Guideline, Position Statement, fact sheets and infographic about speech pathology in justice.

The Association is seeking a broad representation of clinicians and researchers involved with speech pathology in the justice system. The aim is for the working party to comprise members from each state or territory, and  representatives of people practising/researching across ages (youth justice or adult corrections), stages of the justice system (improving access to justice during investigations/trial, or providing assessments/therapy once sentenced), roles (complainants, the accused, and those sentenced), and settings (community or custodial).

Members of the working party will be expected to contribute to the development of practice documents, through a knowledge of the published evidence base and/or clinical practice. It is anticipated that work on the documents will begin in early 2019, and will be completed by mid-late 2019.

Members interested in being part of this working party should email their CV, along with a brief (maximum 500 words) statement outlining their experience with speech pathology (or communication intermediary) assessments, interventions or research in justice, to the Association’s National Advisor, Justice and Mental Health by COB on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

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).


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.

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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.