EOI: Accreditation Assessor

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from individuals with knowledge of and or experience in professional standards accreditation to be appointed to a team of assessors who will conduct university course accreditation in Australia.

The profession of speech pathology in Australia is a self- regulating profession and as such, the Association, as the peak professional body, has responsibility for the accreditation of university courses in Australia that offer entry-to-practice degrees in speech pathology (at either Bachelor of Master degree level).

The Association is implementing revised course accreditation processes in 2019. Accreditation Assessors have an important role in ensuring the maintenance of professional standards to ensure that those entering professional practice reach the Competency-Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) for Speech Pathologists - Entry Level (2011), and to monitor the quality of university courses.

The primary tasks of an Accreditation Assessor are to work as a member of a team to:

  • Review applications for accreditation of university courses against accreditation standards
  • Prepare for and attend site visits
  • Document accreditation reports and recommendations for the SPA Board of Directors
  • Review annual reports from universities in relation to accreditation recommendations.

Time and reimbursement

It is estimated that Accreditation Assessors will undertake approximately two course accreditations each year.

An honorarium will be paid to assessors.

For enquiries regarding the role please either email the Association’s Senior Advisor Professional Standards or 03 9642 4899.

View the position description This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

An Expression of Interest should include a cover letter highlighting your suitability to the role and a three to five page resume documenting relevant professional experience.

EOIs should be submitted to Association’s Senior Advisor Professional Standards by 7 May 2018.


Students and Early Career Speech Pathologists Breakfast Meeting at the National Conference - 2018

The Early Career Reference Group invites Speech Pathology Australia students and early career speech pathologist members to an inaugural breakfast meeting at the Association’s National Conference on Tuesday 29 May. The breakfast is sponsored by Guild Insurance is at no cost to members attending the conference.

Attendees will hear from and be able to ask questions of:

  • Christie Boucher, Risk Services Manager, Guild Insurance will talk about having difficult conversations in clinic settings
  • Leigh Harper, Client Partner manager, Guild Insurance who will speak about professional indemnity and liability insurance.

Members will also have an opportunity to network with their peers, discuss issues that are relevant to this community, meet with the National Office staff, and view resources that have been developed for students and the early career speech pathologists.

Places are strictly limited. Members after completing their conference registration should email the National Conference Assistant to secure a place at the breakfast.


EOI for Early Career Reference Group

The Early Career Reference Group (ECRG) was established in September 2016. The Group meets once a month to discuss issues concerning new graduates and early career speech pathologists. The primary role of this group is to identify the unique needs and concerns that early career speech pathologists may face while seeking to establish and build a professional identity and career and then support the Association to develop resources and supports for members. The Group is made up of a number of speech pathologists who have recently graduated and two Association staff.

As the two-year term of the original membership draws to a close, the Association is seeking early career speech pathologists interested in supporting their colleagues, strengthening the profession and promoting membership of the Association. It would be ideal if members of the Group represent different workplaces (e.g. education, private, aged care disability, etc.) and work in different locations across Australia.

As part of the role, a member would be expected to attend monthly meetings that are held by teleconference; and actively contribute to ideas and discussions around issues faced by early career speech pathologists.

For more information view the Early Career Reference Group Member Position DescriptionThis graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

To be considered for the role, please submit a CV and cover letter outlining the following:

  • Speech Pathology Australia membership and involvement in Association activities
  • How you might best represent issues faced by early career speech pathologists (i.e. which sector, geographical area or life experience do you reflect)
  • Your interest and dedication to supporting the ECRG
  • Relevant skills and experience.

Please submit a CV and cover letter to the Association's Senior Advisor, Professional Practice.

NB. Applicants must be current members of Speech Pathology Australia and be willing to commence their role in August 2018. Applications close 15 June 2018.


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.