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3 Managing Complaints and Tricky Situations
This free seminar is for quality managers, practice managers, individual practitioners and anyone else who deals with complaints in Victorian health services. Senior complaint resolution staff from the Health Complaints Commissioner will lead the presentation and take participants through relevant scenarios, group tasks and a Q&A about managing difficult complaints effectively when emotions run high. The seminar will be held at Level 26, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Event Contact: Alison Vickers



1 RSVP due for 2020 Derbyshire Language Scheme Workshop
The Derbyshire Language Scheme (DLS) is a language and communication program with linked assessment. This developmentally structured early intervention program facilitates social development and interaction through play-based learning. Linked progress record facilitates data collection and individualised programming.  The DLS is designed for individual & group therapy, teaching language through everyday experiences and interactions in familiar contexts. It comprises ‘structured teaching to objectives’ or a checklist of language objectives with all teaching and assessment in free play, or a combination of both. It is extensively used in the UK (ref. The Better Start Communication Project, Law, Roulstone et al., 2012) and increasingly popular in Australia for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyspraxia, Developmental Language Disorder, Developmental Delays, Hearing Impairment and those learning English as a Second Language.  It can be used alongside other developmental approaches, eg Applied Behavioural Analysis, Blades, PECS, DIR Floortime , Sign/ AAC.
Dates: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January,2020 
Time:  8.30 to 4.30pm each day

Venue: To Be Confirmed at QUEST BREAKFAST CREEK,   Brisbane,Queensland. 

Catering and all official handouts. Additional cost for DLS Assessment, Manuals and Test forms 
Registration:  By 1 November, 2019. 

Event Contact: Sue Park
7 ICDL DIR Floortime Workshop
D.I.R Floortime
is an intervention that is used to promote an individual’s development through a respectful, playful, joyful, and engaging process. It uses the power of relationships and human connections to promote engagement, communication, positive behaviours, and thinking. It is based on the DIR model that was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his colleagues. Tilegne Therapy is proud to be welcoming the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) for the first time to Melbourne to run a 2-day D.I.R Floortime workshop in November 7- 8 2019. It will be led by the CEO of ICDL, Mr.
Jeffrey Guenzel, who will be assisted by his deputy director, Ms Katya Sidor. This workshop is valuable for: Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Early Childhood Educators Teachers, Social Workers, Psychologists and Early Intervention Workers that care for children, adolescents and adults (with a strong focus on individuals on the spectrum).

Event Contact:
Louisa Ong
Advanced Stroboscopy Workshop for ENTs & Speech Pathologists
This workshop addresses clinical assessment for diagnosis and contemporary management of organic voice disorders.
- Key laryngeal physiology
- Advanced laryngeal assessment - practical stations
- Diagnosis and management of mucosal lesions, glottal insufficiency, voice dysfunction in neurological disorders, laryngeal neoplasms and laryngeal inflammation
- Special Considerations and populations

Event Contact: 
Mathew Sweety
10 Laryngology Society of Australasia Medico Legal Matters
This informative, dynamic & interactive day will tackle the complex issues surrounding recovery at work and medico legal considerations for occupational and professional voice users.Utilising experts in the field, the study day aims to stimulate insightful discussion, sharing of opinions and practical tips, through panel and audience discussion. 

Event Contact: Danielle Stone

12 Successful meetings to manage complaints
This free seminar is for consumer liaison officers, quality managers and any other staff involved in complaints management for Victorian health services including sole practitioners. Senior complaints resolution staff from the Health Complaints Commissioner will lead the presentation, group discussion and a Q&A session. The session will cover when to use meetings in complaints resolution, how to set up a successful meeting, who should attend and what to do if things go wrong. The seminar will be held at Level 26, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Event Contact: Alison Vickers

ASD and Listening Skills: The assessment and Remediation of Listening Difficulties in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Philippa James, paediatric audiologist based at the Uni of Melbourne runs an audiology clinic specifically for children with Autism. Philippa is running a free information session to discuss the assessment and management of listening difficulties, commonly experienced by children with ASD. 
Limited numbers, be quick to register.

Event Contact: Philippa James
13 Word Aware – Vocabulary Workshop
Developing a strong vocabulary is essential if children are to become successful literacy learners. Word Aware is a whole school approach which promotes vocabulary development.  It is an evidence-based program which provides a structured process to help support vocabulary enrichment in all students and particularly for students with special educational needs and children with English as a second language.
In this workshop the presenter will take participants through this fast-paced, fun and interactive workshop, and provide lots of practical ideas on how to develop vocabulary in the classroom. Attendees will leave well-equipped to start Word Aware with their students immediately.

Event Contact: Nadine Holliday

14 Talk For Writing Workshop, Newcastle
This two-day professional development workshop offers an overview of the Talk 4 Writing approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in this exceptionally effective instructional approach for teaching written expression.

The workshop addresses the use of Talk 4 Writing for both fiction and non-fiction and covers:

Planning: based on instructional needs of students at either a unit or whole-school level;
The “Three I’s” – Imitation, Innovation and Invention – The fundamentals of the Talk 4 Writing approach, by guiding students in a systematic, scaffolded way they develop their writing from dependence to independence.
Student skill development is promoted through effective feedback;
Accurate assessment of writing, assists in track students’ progress and guides teaching goals; and
Development of grammatical skills, with a focus on functional application of grammar in writing, through ‘warm-up’ games selected to meet specific instructional needs of students.

14 and 15 November 2019
WHERE: Newcastle, Apollo International Hotel

Event Contact: 
Nadine Holliday

21 Understanding the Health Records Act
This free introductory seminar is for staff who collect, disclose or hold health information at agencies or health services in Victoria. The session will provide an overview of Victorian privacy legislation. HCC staff will go through organisational responsibilities and the Act’s health privacy principles using case studies, group discussions and a Q&A. The seminar will be held at Level 26, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Event Contact: Alison Vickers

28 Learn to Write Easy English
A two day event - Learn to write Easy English.
Melbourne 28 and 29 November 2019.

44% of the adult Australian population do not have the literacy to manage a range of day to day reading tasks. We need to be better at how we provide written information for our clients and families.  Learn about the latest research, about Easy English compared with Easy Read. You will learn about all aspects of how to develop quality Easy English. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who writes for the public.

Event Contact: Cathy Basterfield



8 Supporting Children's Language Skills Through Narrative
Presented by Tania Blunden from Words to Grow and hosted by To the Moon & Back. 

This workshop is designed to assist Speech Pathologists and Educators in teaching narrative structure to their students through hands-on participation, small group interactions, guided practise and modelling.  Participants will learn how to use MindWing Concepts, Inc tools and techniques including the Story Grammar Marker® (SGM®) and Braidy the Story Braid® Puppet to develop literate oral language in therapy sessions and in the classroom. This interactive, multisensory approach can be used with a diverse range of learners including children with developmental language disorder, English language learners and children with autism spectrum disorders.

Event Contact: Kristin Bayley

14 Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk® Workshop
Join us in Penrith (Sydney), NSW on October 14-16 for the It Takes Two To Talk® Hanen certification workshop. This interactive and hands-on 3-day workshop offers effective and research-based strategies for involving parents in early intervention process that ensure best possible outcomes for young children and their families!

Event Contact: Tianna Noble
15 ATAAC Conference 2019
The 2019 Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ATAAC) Conference on advanced technology for people with disabilities will be held from October 15 to October 17, in Zagreb, Croatia.
ATAAC is the fastest growing conference of it's kind. 
ATAAC will include keynote speakers from all around the world, like John Costello, an SLP who works in Boston Children's Hospital, who will be speaking about benefits of using the AT and AAC.
The conference will also include AT and AAC playground, poster presentations, workshops and expo.
The conference will be streamed online and is available free of cost for professors and their students working in these and related fields, for all three days, as well as SEN Teachers, OT/SLP/AAC/AT practitioners cooperating with non-profits.  The program will be accessible for 14 days so it can be watched at one's own pace.

For details on the program and speakers, please visit:

This conference hopes to spread the word about the benefits of AT and AAC in the world.  

Event Contact: Kresimir Persa
26 Key Word Sign Australia (Victoria) 1 day Basic workshop in Vermont South 
Key Word Sign Australia (Victoria) Workshop - Vermont South
The one day introduction to Key Word Sign workshop includes:
• An interactive teaching environment; 
• Learning a basic vocabulary of signs to use in everyday settings;
• How to choose which signs to teach;
• Principles of Key Word Sign and Gesture;
• How sign helps communication development.

Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop gets the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign 
(Auslan Edition)

Open to professionals, parents and families, support staff and anyone else in a person life.

We are NDIS registered

Event Contact: Zita Canning