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Expressions of Interest Invited: seeking a representative from Private Practice for the Professional Standards Advisory Committee

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest from members who are currently working within a Private Practice context and are interested in nominating to be a part of the Professional Standards Advisory Committee (PSAC).

The PSAC is an advisory committee to the Board of Directors of Speech Pathology Australia, providing expert advice to the Board and CEO on the quality, maintenance and monitoring of professional standards functions.

The PSAC comprises six appointed members who have broad experience at a senior advisory level and demonstrated high-level problem-solving skills. The PSAC meet 4-6 times per calendar year or as required, and meetings take place online or in person as determined by the Chair.

View the Terms of Reference for the PSAC 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 and are currently working in the Private Practice context should email a copy of their resume and a 300-500 word submission, detailing why their knowledge and experience will be suitable for the role, to the Professional Standards, Administration Assistant by 5 pm EST on Friday 8 October, 2021.

Queries regarding joining the PSAC may be email to the Manager Professional Standards.

 

Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Applications for the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship are now open.

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship is designed to encourage and assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce.

This scholarship is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry level health course, including allied health. Full time scholarship awardees will receive up to $15,000 per year and part time recipients will receive up to $7,500 per year.

Applications close on 11 October 2021.

 

Independent (External) Director (voluntary/expenses paid)

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking an individual of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, to be appointed as a volunteer External Director. The successful applicant will join our existing Board of Directors. Read more…

 

 

Early Career Group 2022

The Association’s Early Career Reference Group (ECRG) is seeking applicants for the 2022 – 2023 cohort. The ECRG support the Association by identifying and responding to unique issues faced by early career speech pathologists. The positions are voluntary. Detailed information about the ECRG is found in the Position Description This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Expressions of Interest close on 30 September 2021.

To apply, please 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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members are encouraged to apply.

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 Private Practice/KPI/Work-Life Balance group are creating specialised resources for early career speech pathologists working in private practice. They are distributing a survey with the aims of understanding current working conditions (e.g., workload, access to supervision and professional development) as well as the priorities and values of early career speech pathologists.
  • In 2020 the Ethics group produced a podcast with the SPA Ethics team about the role the newly published Code of Ethics plays for early career speech pathologists in the workplace. They also published a Speak Out article discussing the Code and how it is applicable to those entering the profession. In 2021 the Ethics group is collaborating with the SPA Ethics team on understanding how students use social media and developing resources to support ethical participation in social media as professionals.
  • The Professional Development group are also collaborating with the SPA Ethics Team to develop a resource to assist in the appraisal of products or PD opportunities that are advertised on social media. They are also working to promote the SPA Optimising your Continuing Professional Development document.
  • The Rural and Remote group is seeking partnerships with other allied health professional groups that work in rural and remote settings, to understand practice issues and develop resources in this space.
  • The Transdisciplinary group recorded a podcast around issues involved in transdisciplinary clinical practice. They are also collaborating with Occupational Therapy Australia to create an infographic for clinicians and parents of clients accessing both our services, describing clinical roles of each profession, how collaboration can occur between the professions, red flags to look out for potential referral and how to refer to each profession when indicated.

Questions about the ECRG should be emailed to Association’s Professional Support Advisor.