Call for Board nominations

Nominations are open for the Speech Pathology Australia Board of Directors.


Call for nominations for Speech Pathology Australia Awards

Speech Pathology Australia acknowledges excellence in speech pathology practice and the voluntary work undertaken by members (and others) through nationally recognised awards.

Life Membership: Life membership is the highest honour accorded by the Association and confers Practising or Non Practising membership on a person for the rest of their life. It recognises outstanding leadership and committed service to the Association and the profession over many years.

Fellowship: Fellowship of Speech Pathology Australia is a public professional honour awarded to a member with considerable experience, responsibility and standing within the speech pathology profession. The award recognises and celebrates members who have achieved excellence in a field of speech pathology practice. Fellowship is a membership category, and an ongoing honour.

Service to the Association: Awarded by the Association to up to three members annually in recognition of ongoing, valuable and voluntary service to the Association. Nominees may have contributed to the Board, Branch Executive, Conference Planning Committee, etc.

Early Career Award: This award is open to new graduate practising members in recognition of ongoing, valuable and voluntary service to the Association at either a National or Branch level. Nominees may have contributed to Branch Executives, Task Groups, Conference Planning Committees, etc. In most cases, nominees will have held positions on Committees as students.

Community Contribution: Awarded by the Association to recognise outside agencies, which have made a significant and valuable contribution to speech pathology.

If you know of someone who deserves the honour and recognition of an Association award, applications must be submitted on the official award nomination forms. Awards for 2019 close on Monday 28 March 2019. Late submissions will be considered for 2020 awards.

For more information email the Association’s Board and Executive Assistant.


Guest IJSLP Editor sought

Expressions of interest are invited from Australian and New Zealand speech pathologists for the role of International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (IJSLP) Guest Editor.

Joint Editors (one from Australia and one from New Zealand) will be appointed to the position, responsible for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia and the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association Joint Conference Proceedings edition of IJSLP, due to be published in June 2020.

The Editors will coordinate the review process and selection of high quality papers to be included in the IJSLP. Each paper will be between 6,000 – 7,000 words in length and reflect the conference theme, ‘Engaging Collaborating Empowering'.

Previous editorial experience is highly recommended. Direct enquiries to Kirrie Ballard or Anne Whitworth, Editors, IJSLP.

An expression of interest, curriculum vitae and two referees should be emailed to the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Speech Pathology Australia by close of business, Friday 1 February 2019.


New advertising policy in place

Speech Pathology Australia announces that the Code of Ethics – Advertising policy has been reviewed and updated. The new policy is available online.

The revised advertising policy provides further detail and clarity around particular advertising practices that have the potential to mislead consumers and solicit unnecessary use of services.

New and reviewed inclusions to the policy address include:

  • The use of client images and information as a marketing strategy.
  • The use of inducements, such as prizes, gifts and discounts.
  • The need for clear delineation of speech pathology services from non-speech pathology products or services in advertising.
  • Procedures for dealing with non-compliance with the policy.

The Advertising FAQs document has also been reviewed and updated in accordance with the reviewed policy and is available on the Association’s website. For more information on marketing and ethics in advertising, there is a free webinar for Association members now available online: Ethical and Effective Marketing for your Private Practice.

For any queries regarding the revised policy, email the Association’s Ethics Advisor or contact Speech Pathology Australia.


2019 Research Grant Round

Speech Pathology Australia is committed to promoting and funding high quality research into all aspects of speech pathology practice. The grants provide support for the growth of research within the speech pathology profession. This research is expected to add to the pool of evidence based data relevant to communication and swallowing disorders. Priority is given to research applications that align with the Association’s Strategic Plan.

The Association is once again offering research grants in 2019. Five grants are offered across three categories.

  • The Nadia Verrall Grant awards $5,000 to fund research that will enhance the clinical practice of speech pathologists working with children with communication disorders and their families.
  • Two New Researcher Grants, each of $15,000, are available. Applications are open to clinicians, postgraduate research students or those who have completed a postgraduate research degree no more than two years prior to applying.
  • Two Queensland Registration Board Legacy Fund research grants, each of $15,000, are available. Applications are open to all speech pathologists, clinician or academic, residing and/or practising in Queensland.

Clinicians who are interested in applying are encouraged to discuss their proposed project with an experienced researcher, either within their workplace or at a local university.

Applicants are entitled to apply only once in each of the categories, and may hold a grant in one category only. Applicants may hold only one Speech Pathology Australia research grant in any one year.

Applications for the 2019 grant round will open on 3 January and close on 31 March 2019.


Private practice workshops 2019 

Registration is now open for the following private practice workshops in 2019.

VIC/TAS Private Practice Seminar, Melbourne, 1 February 2019. Registration OPEN.

ACT/NSW Private Practice Seminar, Newcastle, 1 March 2019. Registration OPEN.

Private Practice Seminars are planned for SA and WA (dates to be confirmed).

The Private Practice workshops have been designed for clinicians who own and manage their own private practice. Practice managers and support staff are also welcome to attend. Information about the speakers and topics can be found on the relevant registration page.

Contact the Association’s Senior Advisor, Professional Practice with any questions about the workshop.


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.