Call for Board nominations This is an animiated Gif that flashes the word new in red out of a yellow background.

In accordance with the Constitution of Speech Pathology Australia, nominations are sought to fill four upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors.

The Association’s Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of the Association's policies and procedures within the rules of the Constitution.

Directors hold major responsibility within the Association. Many Directors have never previously undertaken a role with similar legal, financial and strategic management responsibilities. Therefore, every possible support and assistance is provided by the current Directors, the Chief Executive Officer and National Office staff.

This key leadership role offers a wonderful opportunity to develop new skills and contribute significantly to the strategic direction of the Association and the speech pathology profession. Directors are required to attend four Board meetings each year.

The Board Nomination Form and an Director Nomination Information Package are available . Each nomination must address key selection criteria and completed nomination forms must be received at National Office by Friday 31 January 2020. (Late nominations cannot be considered).

The appointments will be effective from the Annual General Meeting in May 2020 for a period of two years.

Any voting member is encouraged to nominate, while retiring Directors are eligible to renominate. Elections will be held if more than four nominations are received.

For further information, see the Director Nomination Information Package or email the Association’s Chief Executive Officer.


Call for Applications: Majority World Countries and Developing Communities Grants This is an animiated Gif that flashes the word new in red out of a yellow background.

Applications for the Association’s Majority World Countries and Developing Communities Grants are welcomed from individuals and not-for-profit organisations engaged in the advancement or provision of speech pathology services or training programs in Majority World countries or developing communities.

Speech Pathology Australia seeks to support speech pathology services and training in Majority World countries and developing communities through the following funding streams:

  • Support for establishment of a professional body / association within a Majority World country or developing community.
  • Funding to support research and/or project activity in the majority world country or developing community to support development or extension of speech therapy training and service delivery.
  • Support of attendance at relevant conferences and seminars, internationally or within the applicant’s majority world country. (Funds to be used towards travel, accommodation and registration.)
  • Significant project work or awareness raising activity in the majority world country or developing community that is relevant to speech pathology.

Organisations applying will be considered in terms of their charitable status, including whether they hold registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC); the Australian Council for International Development; or an official government or NGO regulatory body in the relevant overseas country.

Individuals will be required to be affiliated with a recognised organisation (as per above) or have their application supported by a Speech Pathology Australia member, acting as the applicant’s referee. Candidates must clearly demonstrate the significant and positive impact they have within the region and provide detail on their long-term goals. The applicant/s is responsible for demonstrating the impact within the community.

The grant must be used to improve access to speech pathology services or knowledge within the region. Levels of potential funding against identified streams are indicated in the application form.

Email the Association's Board and Executive Assistant for a Majority World Countries and Developing Communities Grants Form.

Applications will be considered by the Grant Review Panel on their merit and in consideration of the criteria within the guidelines. The decision is at the discretion of the Board.

A final report detailing the outcomes of the funding must be submitted to Speech Pathology Australia within twelve months of receipt of funding.

Applications close on Friday 6 December 2019. (Late applications will not be accepted.)


Co-editor: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Applications Sought

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking applications for the Co-Editor position for the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (IJSLP) from suitable candidates for a three-year term.

This valuable and strategic role will continue to enhance the growth and international positioning of the Association’s journal. Working closely with the IJSLP Co-Editor, Anne Whitworth, Associate Editors and Executive Board, the Speech Pathology Australia Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer and external publishers, the Co-Editor will assist in overseeing the direction, standard and promotion of the journal as well as ensuring high quality issues are published in accordance with policies and timelines.

Applications are sought from members who have demonstrated experience and a passion for research and publications. The candidate should have achieved a higher degree, hold a rank of Associate Professor or above, experience and demonstrated skill in editing and writing, a track record of publishing research in international journals, and an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Previous experience in editing academic publications or being a member of journal editorial boards is highly desirable. An honorarium is paid to the Co-Editor (or employer if required) on an annual basis.

A position description is available and applications (comprising a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, a current CV and two professional referees) are to be forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer via the Association's Board and Executive Assistant.

Enquiries can be made to the current IJSLP Co-Editors, Professor Kirrie Ballard and Associate Professor Anne Whitworth, or to Gail Mulcair, Chief Executive Officer.


This photographs shows the Chief Executive Officer of Speech Pathology Australia, Gail Mulcair, addressing a fourm at the United Nations in New York.Communication disability … a United Nations agenda

The week beginning 10 June was a significant time for placing communication disability firmly on the human rights agenda. Speech Pathology Australia (the Association), alongside partners of the International Communication Project and ISAAC and Humanity and Inclusion (UK), were able to highlight communication disability at the level of the United Nations at the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disability in New York. Read more…


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.