Innovation Awards

As a professional body, Speech Pathology Australia aspires to provide quality services, innovation and continual pursuit of knowledge. It is committed to promoting innovation in the speech pathology profession in Australia.

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Background

The Association’s Strategic Plan 2017-2019 states that ‘Speech Pathology Australia and members embrace innovation and are “on the forefront” of emerging trends and opportunities’ and strive to ‘explore new opportunities for innovative practice, support knowledge and skill development, and showcase examples of success’.

Prize

This graphic displays the official logo of Guild Insurance. The graphic carries the words " Guild Insurance" in black against a white background.The Association provides two awards to the value of $2500 to promote and support innovation. Each award covers one year’s membership of the Association; and in addition, registration, airfares, accommodation, transfers and incidentals to attend the Association’s National Conference in 2020. The Innovation Awards are proudly supported by Guild Insurance.

This is an ongoing award.

Nomination / self-nomination

The awards are open to all members of Speech Pathology Australia, including those who self-nominate.

Nominations from teams that include non-members will be accepted, and the team efforts recognised. But the award benefits will be made only to the nominated member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Members may nominate for both awards in the same year. A separate nomination form must be completed and submitted for each innovation being nominated. Members may only hold one award in any one year.

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Innovation in Professional Practice

For the purposes of this award innovation is the process of translating an original idea, invention, service approach, or research finding, so as to create or add value, providing a better outcome or benefit for clients, Association members or key stakeholders of the speech pathology profession.

Innovation is not only the development or utilisation of technology. Innovation can include improvements in processes or workplaces, employee engagement and productivity, client satisfaction or outcomes, approaches to student training, or development of professional competence or collaboration. (For example, innovation may include a new process in a workplace that has resulted in greater efficiency, or development of a student placement, which uses novel approaches or provides experience within an underserved population.)

Innovation includes refinement, enhancement or extension of an existing process, service, or use of resources.

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Innovation in Research

For the purpose of this award innovation is the conception and execution of novel research, which delivers high quality findings in a hitherto under-researched population or area of practice.

Innovation in research includes the use of new ways to approach new or existing questions.

Innovation in research results in findings that challenge knowledge and lead to discussion, critical analysis and a questioning approach.

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Nomination form

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Timeline

Nominations open: 18 March 2019

Nominations close: 31 May 2019

Winners notified: 30 June 2019

Winners announced publicly during Speech Pathology Week (25-31 August)

Winners will make a short presentation to the Association’s Annual General Meeting at the 2020 National Conference in Darwin.

Conditions of entry

Further information and conditions of entry are available in the nomination form.

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