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Feedback on the new Communication Hub
Pursuant to an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Grant, the Association and AGOSCI have developed a website to assist people with communication disability, their families and communication partners, and the wider community to understand the importance of communication in everyday life.
The Association is now seeking members to provide feedback on the draft website via a survey.
The survey and its evaluation have been granted ethics approval by Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee.
NB., people with lived experience of communication disability/difficulties and their support networks will be contacted directly via our advisory group, or offered an 1:1 interview.
The Association’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee have also provided feedback on the website.
Members with questions about the survey or the website should email the Association’s Professional Practice Manager.
Ageing Well Campaign – get involved!
Learn more about the the Speech Pathology Australia Ageing Well Campaign that seeks to involve speech pathologists in providing community education to older people and their families to raise community awareness of the role of speech pathology and older people. Read more...
Call for Nominations – Senior Members, Speech Pathology Australia Ethics Board
Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is seeking nominations from current members, who are not members of the Board of Directors, for two senior member positions on the Ethics Board. Read more…
Mini Mentoring event
Speech Pathology Australia is hosting a Mini Mentoring event for final year speech pathology students. Participants will engage with experienced speech pathologists working in different sectors. Small groups will rotate through discussions and receive guidance on areas such as seeking employment, starting work, documentation and reporting, workload and supervision. This event will be held 13 October from 6:30 – 8:00 pm AEDT.
Registration is required. Places are limited.
Students in the final year of their speech pathology course are preparing for a range of new experiences and decisions. It can be helpful to seek advice from experienced speech pathologists for questions around finding and applying for a job, starting work, securing professional support, and managing work-life balance.
The Mini Mentoring Activity will give speech pathology students the opportunity to connect with speech pathologists from various sectors to learn and ask questions about different workplaces. Students will be placed in small groups and spend 15 minutes with five different speech pathologists. Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- List skills and actions that may result in more successful job searches and interviews.
- Discuss processes that are typically undertaken prior to or while commencing a new job.
- Describe expectations for reporting and record-keeping, and steps to help manage them.
- Assess issues around productivity and work-life balance, and ways to manage these in the workplace.
- Describe the need for supervision and professional development, and steps to engage in them.
Costs for attending are: $15 for Student Members; $59 for Non-members.
Register for the Mini Mentoring Activity online. This event is limited to 50 participants.
Project officers – expressions of interest
Expressions of Interest are sought from Association members for the following Project Officer position/s.
The role of speech pathologists working with people who have experienced trauma
Individuals with a history of trauma, particularly complex developmental trauma, may experience neurodevelopmental difficulties that impact their speech, language and social communication skills. Whilst speech pathology practice with individuals who have experienced trauma is relatively new in Australia, there is now increasing awareness of the role of speech pathology in this space and a need for guidance with respect to professional practice that includes advocacy and education.
NEW Practice Guideline*
A new Practice Guideline will provide current best evidence and best practice principles and statements to guide speech pathology practice in this area of work, including recommendations intended to optimise the delivery of speech pathology services to individuals who have experienced trauma and their families.
NEW Position Statement*
A new Position Statement will summarise the key evidence and position of the Association in relation to speech pathology practice with individuals who have experienced trauma. It will be written in non-technical language so that it is accessible to consumers, external stakeholders, funding bodies, policy makers and other professional associations.
*Given the synergy between the two (2) documents, interested members may wish to submit an EOI to lead development of the Position Statement alongside the Practice Guideline.
*The Association is happy to consider the Project Officer role being shared by two applicants.
Review the Practice Guideline and/or Position Statement project briefs .
For further information regarding this role, email the Association's Senior Advisor Mental Health and Trauma.
Closing date: Friday 30 September 2022.
Early Career Group 2023 applications open
Early Career members with 0-3 years of experience, and speech pathology students who will graduate in 2022 are invited to apply for the 2023 – 2024 cohort of the Early Career Reference Group (ECRG). This group helps the Association engage with and support Early Career members. View the ECRG Position Description .
Expressions of Interest are due by 3 October 2022.
Interest members should submit a CV and cover letter outlining the following:
- SPA membership (including time spent as a student member)
- any involvement in Association activities
- interest in the Early Career Reference Group
- how you feel you might best represent issues faced by early career speech pathologists in the sector and location of your workplace
- any relevant skills and experience.
The Association is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people of all abilities, and people from LGBTQIA+ communities.
Information may be emailed to the Association’s Professional Support Advisor.
What Does the ECRG do?
Current members of the ECRG participate in working groups. Below are some of the projects and activities they are undertaking:
- The Interprofessional Practice group is working with various professional bodies on creating resources for speech pathologists to collaborate with other allied health professionals.
- The Ethical Practice group have been developing considerations for speech pathologists seeking to buy resources online or from social media.
- The Wellbeing group are producing a podcast on stress and burnout in the profession and developing information on the importance of admin time in the workplace.
- The Professional Support / Development group are developing resources for obtaining supervision that is the right fit for a speech pathologist.
- The Working Rurally and Remotely group have produced a survey to assess the experience and needs of speech pathologists who work rurally, regionally and remotely.
Questions about the ECRG, please email the Association’s Professional Support Advisor.
New Therapeutic Goods Administration
In response to stakeholder feedback, The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is launching a new database for manufacturers and sponsors of custom made and patient matched medical devices.
Over the coming weeks The TGA will be contacting stakeholders to provide them with guidance on how to complete the new form.
Members are not legally required to re-submit previous notification(s). However, The TGA will be archiving previously submitted information and it will no longer be used.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you resubmit notifications into the new database.
New definitions for medical devices that are personalised to suit an individual patient or health professional commenced on 25 February 2021. Under these changes the majority of devices that would previously have met the definition of a custom-made medical device will now meet the definition of a patient-matched medical device.
Custom-made medical devices that meet the new definition of patient-matched will no longer be exempt from inclusion in the ARTG (Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods). Transitional arrangements are in place to allow manufacturers and sponsors to continue supplying custom-made devices that meet the new patient-matched definition and are not included on the ARTG until 1 November 2024.
Members can check if your custom-made medical device meets the new definition for a patient-matched medical device online.
More information about the Personalised Medical Devices framework is available on The TGA website.
For general advice and information about the regulation of medical devices, email the Medical Devices Information Unit.
Members with any questions or require any further assistance with the submission of their notification, please don’t hesitate to email The TGA.
Developing the new Speech Pathology Australia Strategic Plan 2023-2025
Speech Pathology Australia’s Strategic Plan outlines the Association’s Strategic goals and strategies across a three -year cycle, with the current plan concluding at the end of 2022.
The Association has now commenced the process of developing its new strategic plan for the period 2023-2025. This initially involves a review of the current and emerging trends and the potential strategic priorities for the Association before any drafting commences.
As part of this review and planning process, the Association will be consulting a range of key member constituents, audiences, and stakeholders. The wider membership of the Association is an important part of developing any plan moving forward.
Initially, the Association is conducting a number of targeted focus groups and formal discussions, including with the Board of Directors, Branch Chairs, senior management staff, and a range of specific sectors of the profession. These initial discussions are intended to provide an overview of the key issues and trends affecting associations professional peak bodies more widely, and Speech Pathology Australia specifically.
The aim of this early phase is to inform and create a holistic plan of key strategic strategies for the speech pathology profession, the Association’s membership, and the Association as an organisation.
Members will shortly be invited to complete a survey relating to the development of the Association’s strategic plan.
The draft strategic plan, once prepared, will also be circulated for comment.
Speech Pathology Australia NEW Member Hub
The Member Hub is the Association's new purpose-built, online platform. It is a professional space where the speech pathology community can communicate with one another around shared professional interests, seek support, network and learn. It will replace the existing Facebook member communities.
The Member Hub will be launched at 10 am on Tuesday 31 May.
Members can read more about the Member Hub, including why the Association is moving to this platform, how you will be able to access this new community, and plans to close the existing communities. Read the Member Hub FAQ .
How to access the Member Hub
Members can access the Member Hub in two ways
- Access the Member Hub via the URL: Login in with your Speech Pathology Australia member username and password.
- Access the Member Hub via the Connected Community app
- Download the Connected Community App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store on your mobile device (e.g. phone or tablet).
- Enter this domain - memberhub.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au
- Login using your usual member credentials. Select "stay logged in" if the option appears.
32nd World Congress of the IALP – Auckland, NZ – August 2023
The next IALP World Congress is on 20-24 August 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. The theme for the conference is: Together Towards Tomorrow.
Members of Speech Pathology Australia are encouraged to either return to this page to find the latest information about the congress or visit the IALP World Congress website.
Call for Abstracts Open
Over 40 submission topics available - oral, poster and workshop opportunities.
Key Dates and Deadlines
- Call for Abstracts Open: 18 August 2022
- Call for Abstracts Close: 16 December 2022
- Notification of Accepted Authors: 20 March 2023