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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.
EOI for Clinical Panel - Aged Care Nursing Training Module
Speech Pathology Australia has been requested to develop and present a training module as a component of the course in the new ‘Transition to Practice’ Program for nurses entering working in aged care. View further detail.
The Association needs the input of members to develop a module to meet the needs of this cohort of nurses. Commitment is anticipated to include up to 2-3 online meetings in the next three months, and the review of some content between meetings.
Expression of Interest to contribute to this foundational work should be emailed to the Association’s Senior Advisor Aged Care by COB Friday 1 July 2022.
Email the Association’s Senior Advisor Aged Care for further information.
Advisory Committee for the development of Speech Pathology Australia Diversity and Inclusion Framework
Expressions of Interest Invited
Speech Pathology Australia is seeking representatives to participate on an advisory committee to support the development of a Diversity and Inclusion Framework for the Australian speech pathology profession and the Association.
The overarching framework will guide speech pathology professional practice and support increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within the profession. The framework will advance the vision described in the Speech Pathology 2030 report: create a profession as diverse as the community we serve.
The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) will provide guidance for a project undertaken by Speech Pathology Australia with the support of project consultants, including advising on appropriate terminology and title for the final framework.
Committee members will be appointed based on the knowledge, skills and attributes they bring to the group. Appointments to the advisory committee will aim to have members from diverse communities, including those with lived experience relevant to speech pathology practice, and will include two representatives from the Speech Pathology Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.
The committee will meet monthly or as required for the duration of the project, estimated to be six – twelve months commencing in August 2022, meetings will take place online.
View the Terms of Reference for the advisory committee.
Questions regarding joining the DIAC may be emailed to the Association’s Manager Ethics and Professional Issues or by calling National Office on 1300 368 835.
Individuals interested in nominating to join the DIAC should email a brief resume, a 300-500 word statement addressing the selection criteria, and a letter of refence supporting their nomination to Association’s Manager Ethics and Professional Issues by 5 pm AEST on Friday 15 July 2022.
Project Officers – Expressions of Interest
Speech Pathology Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest from members for the following project officer positions.
Speech pathology practice with preterm and medically complex neonates and infants – NEW Practice Guideline
This project is being undertaken in recognition of the increasing role of speech pathologists working in this area of professional practice, including as members of neurodevelopmental and developmental care teams.
The project officer will lead the development of a new practice guideline that provides current best evidence and best practice guidelines to support speech pathologists working with preterm and medically complex neonates and infants, and their families in Australia.
View the full project brief
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 (https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/effect-trauma-brain-development-children). 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 SPA in relation to speech pathology practice with individuals who have experienced trauma and their families. 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 documents, interested members are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest to lead development of both the Position Statement and Practice Guideline concurrently.
View the two project briefs: Practice Guideline
| Position Statement
For further details regarding these positions, please email the Association’s Senior Advisor Professional Standards.
Expressions of Interest for the positions close Friday 1 July 2022.
Update from Services Australia about new Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) Resource
Services Australia have announced the addition of a new education resource to add to existing supports on the Health Professional Education Resources Gateway. The new resource, HPOS Fundamentals, examines Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) and gives providers:
- An insight on setting up HPOS;
- Overview of the key HPOS features; and
- Closer analysis of some specific HPOS features.
View and learn more about the new simulation online.
Review other resources on the Health Professional Education Resources Gateway. Select play to continue and then select Health Professional Education Resources Gateway hyperlink to view the catalogue of resources.
Access to the Australian Government’s Free Interpreting Services (FIS)
From 1 July 2022 the Department of Home Affairs have announced that some privately employed allied health care providers will have access to the Australian Government’s Free Interpreting Services (FIS).
Initially, access to the FIS will be expanded to all eligible private sector allied health professionals in the following Local Government Authorities (LGAs), based on areas of high migrant settlement.
||Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown
||Casey, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton
||Albury, Armidale Dumaresq, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong
||Cairns, Logan, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville
||Adelaide, Mildura, Mount Gambier
||Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Wodonga
Initial funding is for four years and includes an evaluation to support consideration of any further investment. The online application form is expected to be available on the FIS website in the coming weeks.
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.