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2018


December

6 ComTEC Drop in Service
On the first Thursday of every month ComTEC has a drop in service to tour their communication display room.

Anyone who is interested in exploring our range of communication tools and finding out what options are available for people with limited or no speech is invited to attend. 
A ComTEC speech pathologist will be available to guide the tour and answer any questions related to the equipment.
There is a range of static and dynamic speech generating devices, eye gaze technology, iPads with communication apps, as well as light-tech communication aids.
No booking is required; feel free to drop in at any time during the morning session.
We look forward to meeting you.

Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Yooralla, Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, Braybrook.

Contact: Jordana Vespa-Carra
Email: jordana.vespa-carra@yooralla.com.au

13
PECS Level 1 Training - Melbourne
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

15 FREE Supervision workshops for health and human services workers
Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE) is excited to offer FREE Supervision workshops in 2018
We are  continuing to offer  FREE workshops to enhance the supervision skills of health and human services workers across Victoria. We will be offering two different workshops from October 2017 until mid-2020 across all of Victoria.
Introduction to the Supervision of Students Workshop 
- This workshop aims to help supervisors of students to develop supervisory knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices and will focus on the educational aspects of supervision.

Introduction to the Supervision of Peers and Colleagues Workshop 
- This workshop aims to help supervisors of peers and colleagues to develop their supervisory knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices and will focus on the supportive aspects of supervision.
These have been funded as part of the ice action plan funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information, dates and registration please go to our website

Contact:
Vicki Edouard
Email: mcshe.admin@monash.edu

   

November

1 SPELD NSW - Comprehension and Fluency - Dr Mary Dahlgren
Background Knowledge Increases Fluency – Prior knowledge helps you to learn new knowledge
The first part of our day around comprehension is designed to focus on the relationship between listening and reading comprehension. The Simple View of Reading describes reading comprehension as the product of word recognition and listening comprehension. We will look at how these contributions to reading comprehension change over time.
Fluency plays a role in comprehension allowing the reader to access meaning-based representations of written words. We will discuss the different levels of language involved in teaching comprehension from decoding to word meanings, the syntax and construction of sentences, and the discourse level.
As we advance to higher-level language our schema increases and becomes more elaborate which allows for monitoring of comprehension. A skilled reader understands how the focus should change based on text structure and enhance the ability to make inferences.

Event Contact: Georgina Perry
Email: enquiries@speldnsw.org.au

1
Childhood Apraxia of Speech from Diagnosis to Discharge Seminar

We are glad to have invited Dr. Tricia McCabe (Head of Discipline and Professor of Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney) to conduct a 2-day seminar on “Childhood Apraxia of Speech from Diagnosis to Discharge” on the 1– 2 November 2018 (Thur – Fri) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is an uncommon speech disorder which persists well into adolescence with significant implications for both education and career outcomes. This Seminar will cover the most recent information on the theoretical basis, possible causes, prognosis, diagnosis, treatment and problem solving for speech pathologists working with children and young people who have CAS.

For more information, please visit http://www.hongkongshs.org/program.html#seminar.

Please register before 22 July, 2018 to enjoy the early bird rate! 

Event Contact: Ms. Angi Ho
Email: angiho@ent.cuhk.edu.hk
 

1
ComTEC Drop in Service
On the first Thursday of every month ComTEC has a drop in service to tour their communication display room.

Anyone who is interested in exploring our range of communication tools and finding out what options are available for people with limited or no speech is invited to attend. 
A ComTEC speech pathologist will be available to guide the tour and answer any questions related to the equipment.
There is a range of static and dynamic speech generating devices, eye gaze technology, iPads with communication apps, as well as light-tech communication aids.
No booking is required; feel free to drop in at any time during the morning session.
We look forward to meeting you.

Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Yooralla, Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, Braybrook.

Contact: Jordana Vespa-Carra
Email: jordana.vespa-carra@yooralla.com.au

2 3rd Laryngology Society of Australasia Conference – Innovations in Laryngology
The 3rd Laryngology Society of Australasia Conference is on at the Adeliade Convention Centre from 2-4 November. For more information visit the event's website.The Laryngology Society of Australasia was formed to promote Laryngology in Australasia for Otolaryngologists, Speech Pathologists and Voice Scientists. The conference will appeal to surgeons, speech pathologists and researchers working in the field of Laryngology and there will be plenary presentations by the international keynote speakers along with concurrent sessions.

Event Contact: Barry Neame
Email: laryngology@consec.com.au

5
Two Day Cognitive Rehabilitation Workshop
The Sutherland Hospital (TSH) Cognitive Rehabilitation Committee are pleased to facilitate an invaluable learning opportunity presented by Mr. Kit Malia and Ms. Anne Brannagan of Brain Tree Training UK. The courses are designed for clinicians working with adults who are living with cognitive impairment. This may include adults living with traumatic brain injury, strokes, progressive neurological diseases, learning disabilities and infectious diseases, for example, meningitis.
Audience:
This event is aimed at health professionals who work with adults who have cognitive impairments or are interested in this area of practice.
Aims:
The two day workshop aims to extend skills and knowledge about cognitive rehabilitation therapy; introduce materials that can be used to develop cognitive skills; to provide practical activities to use with clients/patients. The one day workshop aims to be interactive with a focus on teaching therapists how to design, develop, and implement a comprehensive cognitive rehabilitation programme.

Event Contact: Kathryn White
Email: kathryn.white@health.nsw.gov.au
 

8
PECS Level 1 Training - Melbourne
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

12
PECS Level 1 Training - Brisbane
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

14 2018 Australian Assistive Technology Conference
The 2018 Australian Assistive Technology Conference is on at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 14-16 November 2018. For more information visit the event’s website.

Event Contact:
 Sheila Woodhard
Email: 
sheila.woodhart@aomevents.com

22
PECS Level 1 Training - Adelaide
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com


October

4
ComTEC Drop in Service
On the first Thursday of every month ComTEC has a drop in service to tour their communication display room.

Anyone who is interested in exploring our range of communication tools and finding out what options are available for people with limited or no speech is invited to attend. 
A ComTEC speech pathologist will be available to guide the tour and answer any questions related to the equipment.
There is a range of static and dynamic speech generating devices, eye gaze technology, iPads with communication apps, as well as light-tech communication aids.
No booking is required; feel free to drop in at any time during the morning session.
We look forward to meeting you.

Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Yooralla, Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, Braybrook.

Contact: Jordana Vespa-Carra
Email: jordana.vespa-carra@yooralla.com.au

8
PECS Level 1 Training - Perth 
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com
10 How to Make Evidence Based Decisions About Treatments for Poor Readers
Professor McArthur is the Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, and Head of the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University.  
The goal of her research is to determine what causes reading and language impairments in children, and discover how these impairments should be best treated. She is an active advocate for the rapid translation of scientific evidence into clinical practice.
This half day workshop  outlines a step-by-step guide on how to make evidence-based decisions about interventions for poor readers (or, indeed, interventions for any condition).
It will illustrate this step-by-step process by assessing the evidence for numerous popular commercial products that are advertised as effective treatments for poor reading. 
Finally, attendees will practice using the step-by-step process to assess evidence for and against interventions of their choice.
By the end of the workshop, attendees should be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to make an evidence-based decision about the efficacy of any intervention based on existing scientific evidence.

Event Contact: 
Anne Van Uden
Email: anne.vanuden@mq.edu.au

10 Working Memory and Reading Difficulties
Dr Erin Banales has been the Clinic Coordinator of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic since 2014 and will be running this half day  workshop .
Dr Banales will discuss the methods of intervention for children with dyslexia, including the role of verbal working memory training in treating reading difficulties. She will also discuss the implications of poor working memory in the classroom and how these difficulties may be supported.

This workshop should provide attendees with a clearer understanding of the way verbal working memory and dyslexia interact, and offer further information about interventions and the methods used in treatment to combat learning difficulties and poor reading skills.

Event Contact: 
Anne Van Uden
Email: anne.vanuden@mq.edu.au
 
17
Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk® Workshop
Join us in Melbourne, VIC on Oct 17-19, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop!
This 3-day workshop is for Speech Pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay.

Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email workshops@hanen.org or visit the link below: 

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

22 PECS Level 1 Training - Melbourne
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

25
Effective Classroom Management While Meeting IEP Goals
Establish effective learning environments for all learners, reduce unwanted behaviours and meet IEP goals! The Pyramid Approach to Education is a proven and comprehensive framework for providing all learners with the setting and classroom management best suited to their unique needs and goals. Through the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), this approach provides the foundation for a positive environment for growth. The Pyramid emphasises how to teach, rather than simply what to teach, in order to maximise an individual's learning outcomes.

This rigorous two-day, 13 hour Pyramid Approach to Education Training benefits teachers, professionals and parents alike to understand the critical components that ensure successful teaching and learning. The straightforward teaching methods of the Pyramid Approach can be used to encourage independence and cooperation, improve behaviour, and reinforce learning across home, school, and the community.

Event Contact: Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

27
Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: 
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org

31

SPELD NSW Vocab Instruction with Dr Mary Dahlgren
Vocabulary Instruction: Which Words to Teach and Effective Strategies
Oral language development – Speaking and listening skills develop early and are a requirement for reading comprehension.  We know many children suffer from a lack of language skills.  This workshop will help teachers become more conscious of oral language development and the critical nature of these skills.  We will focus on teaching vocabulary through reading aloud, daily academic talk and restatement of common statements.
Vocabulary routines, teaching words in-depth – Selecting words to teach based on academic word choices.  Introduction to new words and repetition of word use throughout the day is important for students to ‘own’ new words. Mastering a higher level vocabulary knowledge, appreciate the power of words and how they enhance higher level thinking, precision of word choice, and how topic specific information develops word knowledge.
Morphology is the study of prefixes, suffixes, Latin root words and Greek combining forms – the language of literacy and academic language, requires a specific knowledge of words. The last portion of this session will focus on the history of the English language, Latin and Greek morphemes and their meanings and systematic instruction from kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Event Contact:
 Georgina Perry
Email: enquiries@speldnsw.org.au


September

6
AAC – Communication in Action
AAC  the communication tools, systems and strategies that can replace or supplement natural speech. There are many reasons that a person may not be able to communicate using speech. AAC is the tool that can give a person with little or no speech a way to communicate their needs, their thoughts and ideas, tell stories, and interact with the world around them.
In today’s world, AAC, more than ever, can be accessible for people with complex communication needs. With this comes challenges. How do we know the appropriate AAC tools to choose from a vast array of choices? How do we get started? How can we support the successful implementation of AAC? How can we make sure we have AAC systems that support language and literacy development? What old practices and myths can we throw out?

This workshop will give practical ideas and best practice principles for AAC implementation, regardless of the AAC tool. We will discuss the journey and processes from AAC assessment to getting AAC embedded across environments, from school, to home, to community. Through video examples, hands on activities and practice time, together we will learn how we can build the communication skills for all AAC users.

Event Contact: Jacqui Cashmore
Email: jacqui.cashmore@ridbc.org.au

6
ComTEC Drop in Service
On the first Thursday of every month ComTEC has a drop in service to tour their communication display room.

Anyone who is interested in exploring our range of communication tools and finding out what options are available for people with limited or no speech is invited to attend. 
A ComTEC speech pathologist will be available to guide the tour and answer any questions related to the equipment.
There is a range of static and dynamic speech generating devices, eye gaze technology, iPads with communication apps, as well as light-tech communication aids.
No booking is required; feel free to drop in at any time during the morning session.
We look forward to meeting you.

Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Yooralla, Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, Braybrook.

Contact: Jordana Vespa-Carra
Email: jordana.vespa-carra@yooralla.com.au

8 Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: 
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org

9
PECS Level 1 Training - Burnie TAS
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com
10 Paediatric Nutrition for Life
10-11 September 2018, Melbourne.
Learn directly from experts in the field of paediatric nutrition in a dynamic environment of lectures, workshops, case study presentations and informal discussions. This training will provide an introduction to paediatric dietetics and give participants a working knowledge and experience of evidence-based practice in the areas of growth, nutrition assessment, infant feeding and common childhood issues such as obesity and faltering growth.

Run over two days, this training is the first of three independent, progressive modules offered by the DAA Centre for Advanced Learning and ChildD, as part of the National Paediatric Training Course. Participants may take a single module or progress through all three depending on their experience.  This module is suitable for non-dietitians with an interest in paediatrics.

Event Contact: Gillian Drew
Email: learningcentre@daa.asn.au 

10
PECS Level 1 Training - Darwin
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com
11
Do you want to be my friend? That depends.... Thinking socially: tools for making and keeping friends

Being able to use their technology to access the curriculum, develop complex language and literacy skills is only a part of what deaf children need as they move from childhood, through adolescence to adulthood. Families will share with us that often the main concern for them as their children settle into primary and secondary school is whether they are able to make and keep friends and how they deal with the stresses that life throws with them.

These two day courses will consider and identify the skills that are needed for all children and teenagers to thrive socially and emotionally then think about how deafness impacts on this process. Day 1 will provide current research and perspectives into the strengths and gaps that children with hearing loss have when it comes to thriving socially. Through a mixture of presentations, interactive group work and sharing of research and resources we will explore the components that are needed for a solid foundation for social interaction. The aim is to become more confident at identifying those areas that having the biggest impact on their socialising and how we can best support them.

Event Contact: Jacqui Cashmore
Email: jacqui.cashmore@ridbc.org.au


12
Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk® Workshop

Join us in Sydney, NSW on Sept 12-14, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop!

This 3-day workshop is for Speech Pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay.

Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! 

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

12
Preschoolers with Selective Mutism: Transitioning to School
A 1.5-hour seminar for early childhood workers, kindergarten teachers, parents, and support staff – who are working or will be working with a child currently in preschool who will be transitioning to school in 2018. The seminar is a short 1.5 hour seminar focused exclusively on strategies to aide with transition to school. We are running this seminar on September 12th 2018.
Topics that will be covered in the evening seminar:
Strategies for the last term of preschool that will prepare a child for school
What information to give to the primary school
Selecting an appropriate classroom teacher
The importance of peer relationships
Strategies to build the child’s readiness for the transition
Strategies for the teacher and school about selective mutism
Common issues and questions

The seminar is recommended for:
Preschool teachers or caregivers who are currently caring for a child with selective mutism or an extremely reluctant talker who is starting primary school in 2019
Primary school kindergarten teachers who will have a child with selective mutism entering their class in 2019
School psychologists, Learning Support staff who provide support to children with Selective Mutism
Family members of a child who has Selective Mutism who will be starting school

Event Contact: Elizabeth Woodcock
Email: workshops@selectivemutism.com.au

14
Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generated Devices- Darwin
Is your learner ready to transition to a Speech Generating Device (SGD)? Do you need help selecting a device and/or preparing your learner for the transition? This training will help get your questions answered!
With the current influx of communication devices and apps to the market how do we ensure that basic functional communication skills are maintained and taught right from the beginning? - SGDs were first introduced for people with motor difficulties like cerebral palsy and now these devices are being introduced to our learners with autism and other related communication difficulties. For these populations, language and cognition are often compromised and basic social and communication skills have not always been mastered prior to the introduction of a device. Because of this, the way we teach the use of SGDs needs to be specifically tailored to fit the needs of each individual paying attention to device capabilities vs. user capabilities.
This workshop will describe procedures for analyzing a learner's current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to a SGD, choosing a device and teaching functional use of the device...

Event Contact: Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

17
PECS Level 1 Training - Alice Springs
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

22
Talking Mats Foundation Training-Hobart
In this 2  half-day training sessions, learn how to implement and personalise Talking Mats, an evidence-based tool to structure conversations to gather the Thinker’s views and opinions. You also receive a promo code to permit the ongoing purchase of resources at
the special price for holding a Certificate in Talking Mats plus access to world-wide forums for Talking Mats users.
Wed 22/8 and Thurs 13/9, 9 am - 1 pm
Speech Pathology Tasmania, 
110 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. 

For more information, see the Talking Mats album at our Facebook page

Event Contact: Natalie Leader
Email: n.leader@spt.com.au

23
SANRA & SASCA Conference
Southern African Neurological Rehabilitation Association (SANRA) conference taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.  All professionals involved in adult neuro-rehab welcome.  
Event Contact: Lorin Bowen
Email: lorin@lorinbowen.co.za

29 PECS Level 1 Training - Melbourne
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com


 

August

2
ComTEC Drop in Service
On the first Thursday of every month ComTEC has a drop in service to tour their communication display room.

Anyone who is interested in exploring our range of communication tools and finding out what options are available for people with limited or no speech is invited to attend. 
A ComTEC speech pathologist will be available to guide the tour and answer any questions related to the equipment.
There is a range of static and dynamic speech generating devices, eye gaze technology, iPads with communication apps, as well as light-tech communication aids.
No booking is required; feel free to drop in at any time during the morning session.
We look forward to meeting you.

Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Yooralla, Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, Braybrook.

Contact: Jordana Vespa-Carra
Email: jordana.vespa-carra@yooralla.com.au

2
PECS Level 2 Training - Melbourne
Prerequisite: PECS Level 1 Training
This training will show you how to teach PECS with fidelity so your learners don’t get stuck on early Phases of PECS. Let us help you create lessons that turn your PECS user into someone who communicates in all situations using longer sentences. A review of the six Phases of PECS and discussions about your current challenges combined with ideas related to materials, teaching strategies and activities to promote communication will refine your PECS implementation skills. With innovative ideas, renewed confidence and enthusiasm you will leave the PECS Level 2 Training ready to move PECS users to more sophisticated levels of communication.

Event Contact: Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

4 Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: 
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org

6
Hanen More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Sydney, NSW on August 6-8, 2018 and learn how to make a difference for young children with autism and their families. Newly updated and featuring evidence-based strategies, Hanen’s More Than Words® workshop offers tools to help you zero in on the specific needs of children with autism. 

Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! 

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

6
PECS Level 1 Training - Adelaide
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

 7 The Stroke Society of Australia
The Stroke Society of Australia is holding the Stroke 2018 Bridging the Continuum conference at the Sydney International Convention Centre from 7-10 August 2018. A draft program for the conference is now available. Early bird registrations close 15 June. Register online or form more information visit the conference website.

Contact: Christina Gregory
Email: info@stroke2018.com

8
Public Lecture - How Grammar Creates Meaning, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University
Professor Gennaro Chierchia
Harvard University

Abstract: Humans communicate through language: verbal languages, or sign languages. How do words and sentences or gestures acquire meaning? One way to think about it is to view language as a labeling device: nouns are used as conventional labels for things (e.g., the English noun 'table' is a label for, well, tables) and verbs are labels for actions (e.g. 'to break' labels actions like demolishing, shattering, and the like); and in virtue of these conventional associations, sequences of words can be used to convey facts about the world, or to tell stories.

I am going to argue for a different view. There are two main types of words in language. Words like table or break, which are are known as "content words", indeed have primarily a labeling/referential function. But then there are words like or, if, no, even, any,... often called "function words". I think that meaning stems primarily from the latter. It is in function words that a sort "spontaneous logic" hides, through which we give shape to our thoughts. So the path is from grammar to meaning via logic.

For further information and registration, please visit the website. 

Contact: Robin Blumfield
Email: robin.blumfield@mq.edu.au

9 Language Acquisition Workshop (LAW18)
9-10 August, Level 1 Lecture Theatre, Macquarie University
The Language Program of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) and the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) is hosting a two-day international workshop on the nature of human language. This workshop brings together distinguished international and national researchers who work on language acquisition in the generative framework, with emphasis on young children's knowledge of universal principles of syntax and semantics. The workshop will consist of both theoretical perspectives on the nature of language acquisition as well as reports of research findings that bear on linguistic theory. In addition to the invited talks, the workshop will allow ample time for participants to focus on directions for future research in child language, both within and across languages.

Contact: 
Robin Blumfield
Email: robin.blumfield@mq.edu.au
 
10
Speech Pathology Management in Progressive Neurological Conditions
Presented by a senior Speech Pathologist from Calvary Health Care, Bethlehem this webinar will focus on the assessment, rehabilitation and management of language, communication and swallowing disorders resulting from stroke, acquired brain injury or progressive neurological conditions such as MS, MND and Parkinson’s.  Symptom recognition and management, communication, assistive technology, PEG feeding, palliative care, advanced care planning and NDIS packages will also be covered.

Event Contact: Nicola Graham
Email: education@ms.org.au
 

13
PECS Level 1 Training - Canberra
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

 18 Speech Pathology Management in Progressive Neurological Conditions
Kirsten Toll is a Speech Pathologist with over 20 years of experience in the assessment, rehabilitation and management of language, communication and swallowing disorders resulting from stroke, acquired brain injury or progressive neurological conditions. Kirsten will cover symptom recognition and management, communication, assistive technology, PEG feeding, funding streams, palliative care, advanced care planning and NDIS packages. Register here.

Event Contact:
Nicola Graham
Email: 
nicola.graham@ms.org.au

20
PECS Level 1 Training - Brisbane
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com
22 Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generated Devices- Brisbane
Is your learner ready to transition to a Speech Generating Device (SGD)? Do you need help selecting a device and/or preparing your learner for the transition? This training will help get your questions answered!
With the current influx of communication devices and apps to the market how do we ensure that basic functional communication skills are maintained and taught right from the beginning? - SGDs were first introduced for people with motor difficulties like cerebral palsy and now these devices are being introduced to our learners with autism and other related communication difficulties. For these populations, language and cognition are often compromised and basic social and communication skills have not always been mastered prior to the introduction of a device. Because of this, the way we teach the use of SGDs needs to be specifically tailored to fit the needs of each individual paying attention to device capabilities vs. user capabilities.
This workshop will describe procedures for analyzing a learner's current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to a SGD, choosing a device and teaching functional use of the device...

Event Contact: Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

27
PECS Level 1 Training - Sydney
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: 
Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

27
Sydney. 2 day  Learn to write Easy English Course
Join me for a two day interactive workshop all about Easy English. There are only 12 places for this workshop, so sign up quickly. Develop an understanding of Easy English, review current research and resources, and begin to develop your own Easy English document with the support of Access Easy English staff. This training focuses on all elements of implementing Easy English, including language and use of images. It provides numerous opportunities for participants to practice implementing these and other elements in their own document. Participants also consider the organisational implementation of Easy English. 

Further enquiries: 0466 579 855 

Event Contact: Cathy Basterfield
Email: cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au

29 Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk® Workshop
Join us in Brisbane, QLD on August 29 - 31, 2018 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!
Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! 

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

31 9th National MND Australia Conference on care 2018
MND CARE - Informing, Influencing, Innovating
The 9th National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Australia Conference will be hosted by the MND Association of South Australia on Friday 31 August 2018 at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Adelaide. The aim of the Conference is to promote sharing of expertise and understanding of MND nationally to improve care and support for people living with MND, their carers and family.
Conference Registration is now open.

Event contact: Karen Percival
Email: info@mndaustralia.org.au


July

2 PECS Level 1 Training - Newcastle
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Event Contact: Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

5
ComTEC Drop in Service
On the first Thursday of every month ComTEC has a drop in service to tour their communication display room.

Anyone who is interested in exploring our range of communication tools and finding out what options are available for people with limited or no speech is invited to attend. 
A ComTEC speech pathologist will be available to guide the tour and answer any questions related to the equipment.
There is a range of static and dynamic speech generating devices, eye gaze technology, iPads with communication apps, as well as light-tech communication aids.
No booking is required; feel free to drop in at any time during the morning session.
We look forward to meeting you.

Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Yooralla, Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, Braybrook.

Contact: Jordana Vespa-Carra
Email: jordana.vespa-carra@yooralla.com.au

7 Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Townsville, QLD on July 11-13, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop!
This 3-day workshop is for Speech-Language pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay.
Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register visit the event website

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

16
SPELD NSW Sounds-Write Four Day Workshop
Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured, synthetic, linguistic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling.

This four day intensive course offers an instructional method that is multi-sensory, structured, code orientated, sequential and explicit. These aspects are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell.

This course will provide lesson plans which are clearly structured and easily followed within a systematic, synthetic phonics programme.  It teaches all key elements of conceptual understanding, factual knowledge, and the essential skills of blending, segmenting and phoneme manipulation; all of which are necessary to learn to read and spell.

Event Contact: Georgina Perry
Email: enquiries@speldnsw.org.au

17
Imaginative Play - a platform for learning in young children with hearing loss
This is a two day course that can be accessed face to face or via digital access in your own time
Do you work with young children with hearing loss and their families? Do you support young children with hearing loss in a childcare. Preschool kindergarten? Are you interested to know what you can do to include more purposeful play as a basis for learning?

Children problem solve and see other people’s perspectives through playing ‘schools’ or ‘mums and dads’. In such activities, even very young children use their imaginations to contemplate different possibilities.

When we reflect and problem solve, we use our imaginations to think things through. This uniquely human ability enables us to imagine different outcomes. We act in the way we think is best, or learn from past experience to change our behaviour next time.  The development of these complex skills begins in infanthood.

Often, children with hearing loss are delayed in the development of symbolic and imaginative play in addition to language. Attend this workshop to learn about the normal development sequence and useful assessments. We’ll focus on lots of practical ideas so you can support children to develop these skills for better long term outcomes.

Event Contact: Jacqui Cashmore
Email: jacqui.cashmore@ridbc.org.au

19 Dealing Confidently with Clients' Grief
Presented by Ms. Meg Moorhouse, a social worker and accredited grief counsellor. Meg works as a bereavement counsellor with Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care service.  Meg also conducts pre-death visits to assist families and runs support groups. Grief abounds when clients are diagnosed, living with, caring for and or working with people with a chronic illness. Meg will build participant’s confidence in how to recognise, respond to and support grief reactions for the clients they are working with. Register here.

Contact:
Nicola Graham
Email:
nicola.graham@ms.org.au

20
Cervical Auscultation in Paediatric Dysphagia Management
A research-evidence informed practical workshop for speech pathologists providing dysphagia management to infants and children. This 1-day workshop focuses on providing speech pathologists with the theoretical knowledge and
practical skills required to use cervical auscultation within a clinical environment.

Course content:
- Normal swallowing physiology and swallowing sounds in infants and children.
- Acoustic and perceptual features of abnormal swallow and respiration sounds in infants and
children.
- Stethoscope versus microphone: cervical placement, equipment features and practical
application of the stethoscope and microphone in paediatric dysphagia assessment.
- Practical acoustic training 1: swallowing and respiratory sounds in attendees using
stethoscopes and microphones.
- Practical acoustic training 2: swallowing and respiratory sounds in typically developing infants
and children using recorded examples.
- Practical acoustic training 3: swallowing and respiratory sounds in infants and children with
identified dysphagia, including aspiration.
- Describing and reporting findings using cervical auscultation.
- Clinical utility of cervical auscultation in paediatrics – translating research evidence into clinical
practice.
Event Contact: Dr Kelly Weir
Email: kelly.weir@griffith.edu.au

21 Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists Convention 2018. Transcend: Moving Toward Excellence in Practice 
The Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP) is now accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations for its 2nd National Convention on 21-22 July 2018. PASP is partnering with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for this Convention. Local and international authors are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts relevant to the topic areas suggested. A review panel will evaluate all abstract submissions. All accepted papers will be published in the convention booklet and posted on our website. Deadline for submissions is 30 March 2018 (11:59 PM Philippine Standard Time). Notice of Acceptance is on or before 30 April 2018.
Guidelines for authors
Submmission of abstract/s
Registration details will soon be posted on the website.

Event Contact:
Kara Cooling
Email: transcend2018@pasp.org.ph

22
Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Wagga Wagga, NSW on May 22-24, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop!
This 3-day workshop is for Speech-Language pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay.
Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! 

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

25
Workshop: Feedback in the Clinical Workplace:
Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE) at Monash University presents:
Feedback in the clinical workplace workshop
This workshop aims to help supervisors of students to develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices regarding feedback in the clinical workplace.Using both plenary and group activities, we expect you to leave the workshop with a better understanding of what effective feedback looks like and why feedback is so important within the clinical workplace learning environment.

You will reflect on popular methods of providing feedback, discuss the role of feedback in promoting students’ evaluative judgement (i.e. their ability to critically assess their own and others’ performance) and learn how to apply a structured method of feedback.
Price (including GST): $295

Event Contact:
 Vicky Edouard 
Email: mcshe.admin@monash.edu

26-27
Current Issues in Child Bilingual Development: Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University
More than half of children around the world grow up in bilingual environments. In English-speaking countries, including Australia, many children are Early Sequential Bilinguals (ESBs), who start learning their second language at preschool or school. Despite their increasing numbers, our knowledge of how ESBs acquire a second language (L2) is still very limited. This poses a challenge both for assessing school readiness, academic achievement, and for identifying those at risk for language disorders. A range of linguistic, developmental and environmental factors interact to determine how and when ESBs acquire knowledge of a L2, raising both theoretical and applied challenges for the field. Most ESBs eventually become competent in their L2. However, limited knowledge of what constitutes 'typical' ESB language development poses a significant challenge for identifying language delay.

This workshop brings together international leaders in the field of bilingual research to discuss current issues in bilingual language acquisition. 

Keynote Speakers
Erika Hoff (Florida Atlantic University)
Theo Marinis (University of Reading)
Carmel O'Shannessy (Australian National University)
Johanne Paradis (University of Alberta)
University.

For further information and registration, please visit the website.

Event Contact: 
Rosemary Eliott
Email: Rosemary.Eliott@mq.edu.au

29
SPELD NSW Workshop on YARC
The York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension – Australian Edition (YARC) enables teachers and specialists to assess the reading comprehension skills of children 5 to 18 years.
This 3-hour workshop will introduce the three YARC assessments (Early Reading, Passage Comprehension and Passage Comprehension Secondary) and explains how they can be used to provide useful data for students, parents, schools and teachers to assist students make better progress in learning.

The contents of the workshop are as follows:
What is reading?  Five Pillars of Reading and Simple View of Reading

Why do some students struggle to learn to read? Dyslexia and other reading difficulties

YARC: overview; administration; scoring; reporting

Early Reading: letter sound knowledge; sound deletion; sound isolation; early word recognition.
Passage Comprehension: word recognition; oral reading accuracy; oral comprehension; oral reading rate.
Passage Comprehension – Secondary: word recognition; silent reading comprehension; silent reading rate and oral reading fluency; testing weaker readers.

Event Contact: Georgina Perry
Email: enquiries@speldnsw.org.au
 
30
Tweed Heads Learn Easy English Two Day Writing Course
Develop an understanding of Easy English, review current research and resources, and begin to develop your own Easy English document with the support of Access Easy English staff. This training focuses on all elements of implementing Easy English, including language and use of images. It provides numerous opportunities for participants to practice implementing these and other elements in their own document. Participants also consider the organisational implementation of Easy English. 
Further enquiries: 0466 579 855.

Event Contact: 
Cathy Basterfield
Email: cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au

30
Noise in Classrooms
Dr Kiri Mealings has a PhD in Linguistics and will present a one-day workshop on how the acoustics of classrooms and open plan innovative learning spaces affect primary school children’s speech perception abilities.

The workshop  will have an introduction to classroom acoustics and speech intelligibility, and the effect of noise on children and teachers
Attendees will discuss open plan classrooms/innovative learning environments
Look at four case study classrooms found in Sydney (including how the acoustics of the classrooms affect 5- to 6-year-old children’s ability to hear their teacher’s speech, and how the teachers perceive these classrooms in relation to noise, ease of speech communication, and vocal health)
To finalise the afternoon, a group activity – identifying the weaknesses and strengths of your own classrooms, and discussion on how the environments can be improved will take place and discuss practical activities on how to measure noise and reverberation in the classroom.

Event Contact: Anne Van Uden
Email: anne.vanuden@mq.edu.au

30

Hanen More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Brisbane, QLD on July 30 - August 1, 2018 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.

Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! 

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

30 PECS Level 2 Training - Sydney
Prerequisite: PECS Level 1 Training
This training will show you how to teach PECS with fidelity so your learners don’t get stuck on early Phases of PECS. Let us help you create lessons that turn your PECS user into someone who communicates in all situations using longer sentences. A review of the six Phases of PECS and discussions about your current challenges combined with ideas related to materials, teaching strategies and activities to promote communication will refine your PECS implementation skills. With innovative ideas, renewed confidence and enthusiasm you will leave the PECS Level 2 Training ready to move PECS users to more sophisticated levels of communication.

Event Contact: Vicki Grandison
Email: vgrandison@pecs.com

31 Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading Comprehension
Dr Danielle Colenbrander who is currently a researcher at the University of Bristol in the UK will present a one-day workshop on evidence-based methods for teaching vocabulary knowledge to primary school aged children, where the ultimate aim is improving reading comprehension.
The  workshop  will focus on why and how vocabulary instruction might lead to reading comprehension improvements, and when vocabulary instruction is appropriate.
It will focus on current evidence for effective vocabulary intervention, including a discussion of which instructional elements are crucial for effectiveness.
Finally, it will have practical sessions focussing on how to successfully deliver vocabulary intervention, and how to adapt intervention methods to different settings.

By the end of the workshop the attendees should have a clearer understanding of;
current research on vocabulary instruction
how vocabulary knowledge relates to reading comprehension and 
how to teach vocabulary knowledge to children in one-on-one, small group or whole class settings.

Event Contact: 
Anne Van Uden
Email: anne.vanuden@mq.edu.au

   
   

June

1-2 Hanen SPARK Communication™ Workshop
Join us in Melbourne, VIC on June 1-2, 2018 for the SPARK Communication™ workshop! This training is designed specifically for early intervention professionals who work with young children with language delays and their families. 

SPARK Communication™ offers research-based responsive interaction strategies that have been shown to accelerate children’s language use. You will also learn a coaching framework for helping parents apply these strategies during everyday interactions with their child. Receive a comprehensive set of resources to structure, plan and implement SPARK strategies with families (valued at over $100).

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

7
ComTEC Drop in Service
On the first Thursday of every month ComTEC has a drop in service to tour their communication display room.

Anyone who is interested in exploring our range of communication tools and finding out what options are available for people with limited or no speech is invited to attend. 
A ComTEC speech pathologist will be available to guide the tour and answer any questions related to the equipment.
There is a range of static and dynamic speech generating devices, eye gaze technology, iPads with communication apps, as well as light-tech communication aids.
No booking is required; feel free to drop in at any time during the morning session.
We look forward to meeting you.

Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Yooralla, Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, Braybrook.

Contact: Jordana Vespa-Carra
Email: jordana.vespa-carra@yooralla.com.au

11 The family journey from enteral to oral feeding, a whole team approach
The speakers are Emily Lively, a speech pathologist, and Lynly Mader, an Infant Mental Health Specialist and Occupational Therapist from Adelaide, Australia.  They will be sharing with us their expertise on applying a family-centred, multidisciplinary mealtime approach to weaning, promoting child autonomy and self-initiation for the child to learn to eat.  They work closely with children with backgrounds including chromosomal; gastrointestinal; developmental; neurological and no apparent reasons for  faltering growth will be presented. They have developed the Lively Eaters intensive feeding program in Adelaide and have presented it in various conferences like ASCIA, ASMR and Speech Pathology Australia. There will  be case studies, including extensive video footage showing the different stages of the program being implemented from first involvement with a family to the end of a wean. Engagement of families and the underlying philosophies around this – how to engage families with the process to facilitate change within the home environment will be shared. Email us at info@magicbeans.sg for the program brochure or contact us at +65 8777 3171 should you have any queries.

Register here.  
Registration is only confirmed after full payment is made. Workshop will run only if minimum numbers are met.

Email: info@magicbeans.sg

15 CPL's Winnie Dunn Conference
CPL is excited to announce Winnie Dunn is returning to Brisbane in 2018!
In this two-day workshop, we will explore Dunn's Sensory Processing Framework and the evidence supporting a strengths based sensory processing approach to care in children and adult's everyday contexts.

We will examine the role of sensory processing patterns for children with conditions such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy, and practice how to write and talk about strengths and sensory processing with families, teachers and other colleagues.

Participants will:
Understand the sensory processing model and the evidence based sensory processing practices
Understand strengths based approach to sensory processing interventions
Have an overview on the research on ASD on Sensory Processing and impact on interventions/outcomes
Be skilled in using Coaching in interventions with parents
Understand the interaction of Sensory Processing with Cerebral Palsy
Have understanding of how behaviour and Sensory Processing interact
Know best practice for communicating and reporting to families about sensory processing difficulties 
Gain knowledge on how to help children with Sensory Processing difficulties engage at school
Be skilled in using Coaching in interventions with parents
Understand the interaction of Sensory Processing with Cerebral Palsy

Event Contact:  Michelle Hollier
Email: michelle.hollier@cpl.org.au

16
Treatment for Selective Mutism in High Schools
This evening seminar is about treatment for Selective Mutism and is targeted for school psychologists and learning support teams, high school teachers who have a child with Selective Mutism and parents of children with Selective Mutism or extreme shyness.

Selective Mutism is a condition that severely restricts a child’s capacity for communicating verbally outside the home. It is a treatable anxiety disorder. 

Topics that will be covered in the evening seminar:
* What is Selective Mutism
* Understanding Selective Mutism as an anxiety disorder
* Understanding how to apply a graded approach to treat anxiety
* Factors that affect a child’s ability to communicate
* Specific treatment strategies to use at high school 
* Common issues and questions

The seminar will be conducted by Dr Elizabeth Woodcock, a Clinical Psychologist, who established and is the Director of the Selective Mutism Clinic in Sydney. She is co-author of the book chapter ‘Treatment Programmes for Children with Selective Mutism’ in the book ‘Innovations and Advances in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ edited by D. Einstein (2007).

Cost: Early Bird $120 or $150 normal; $50 for additional persons in the same booking

Location: Crows Nest Centre, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest, 2065
Event Contact: Elizabeth Woodcock
Email: admin@selectivemutism.com.au
 

20 Hanen Learning Language and Loving It™ Workshop
Join us at a Learning Language and Loving It™ Certification Workshop in Melbourne, VIC on June 20-22, 2018!
If you or someone you know trains or consults to educators of young children, the Hanen Centre has a training opportunity that's worth investing in. The Learning Language and Loving It Certification Workshop equips you to deliver an evidence-based training to educators that has been shown to change teacher interactive behaviour in the long-term and increase children's language use.
Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! 

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

21 Hanen More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Broadmeadows (Melbourne) on June 21-23, 2018 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.
Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! 

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org
 
21 Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Perth, WA on June 21-23, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop! This 3-day workshop is for Speech Pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay. Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register visit the event website.

Event Contact:
Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

24
Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: 
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org

25
Refugee & Asylum Seeker Health Study Day

We have some wonderful topics being covered on the day including: 
- Current Trends in Refugee and Asylum Seeker policy 
- The Foundation House framework regarding the impact of Torture and Trauma
- Identification and discussion of appropriate interventions aligned to Infectious Diseases and Paediatric clinical presentations
- Current pathways into and out of Acute Care
- Incorporating cultural sensitivity within your practice  

We are also thrilled to announce there will be a performance from Fofo (Fostin Nshimirimana) during the day. I have shared a small bio about this incredible young man below. 

The day will be catered for by the ASRC, and while eating the delicious food you will be able to appreciate the Our Shared Humanity Art Display generously donated by cohealth.

There is a $50 fee for the day. Please fill out the enrolment form to attend

Event Contact: Catherine Bethell
Email: WHS-CEAdmin@wh.org.au
 
25 Hanen More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Penrith, NSW on June 25-27, 2018 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.
Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly!

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org 

25 Hanen's More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Brisbane, QLD on June 25-27, 2018 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.
Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, visit the event website.

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org 

May

1 Exercise is Medicine Workshop
Presented by an accredited exercise physiologist, the interactive two-hour workshop in Katoomba, NSW, details the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease by treating physical activity as a vital sign. The suite of resources made available to participants will support them in their assessment, management and referral of patients with and at risk of chronic disease. Target audience: GPs, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists are invited to attend the interactive session.

Light dinner and registration at 6.30 pm for 7 pm start.

Learning Outcomes:

• Describe how exercise, including resistance training, can be used to prevent and manage patient chronic conditions
• Recognise the importance of graded exercise therapy in relation to patient safety
• Recall key aspects of the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines
• Discuss behaviour change strategies specific to the adoption of physical activity
• Outline existing physical activity assessment tools in medical software including Medical Director and Best Practice  

Event Contact:
 Rita Ayoub
Email: alliedhealth@nbmphn.com.au

3 Assessment and Treatment Approaches for Children with Reading and Spelling Difficulties
8.45am - 4.00pm
MGSM: Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Catering and Course Materials Provided

Dr Saskia Kohnen is the Clinical Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.
Her workshop will focus on the assessment of reading and spelling difficulties in primary school students. This will provide a theoretical and practical overview of assessments which allow identification of reading and spelling difficulties.There will also be focus on the treatment of reading and spelling.
This will begin by mapping assessment outcomes to treatment. We will then work on treatment approaches for commonly seen reading and spelling difficulties. This session will include case profiles. 
By the end of this workshop, attendees should be equipped with better skills in:
Using cognitive models of reading to identify reading difficulties
Using cognitive models of spelling to identify spelling difficulties
Identifying children with heterogeneous literacy profiles
Matching heterogeneous literacy profiles to appropriate interventions
Applying training techniques that are relevant to the most common literacy difficulties in childhood.

Event Contact: Anne Van Uden
Email: anne.vanuden@mq.edu.au

3
ComTEC Drop in Service
On the first Thursday of every month ComTEC has a drop in service to tour their communication display room.

Anyone who is interested in exploring our range of communication tools and finding out what options are available for people with limited or no speech is invited to attend. 
A ComTEC speech pathologist will be available to guide the tour and answer any questions related to the equipment.
There is a range of static and dynamic speech generating devices, eye gaze technology, iPads with communication apps, as well as light-tech communication aids.
No booking is required; feel free to drop in at any time during the morning session.
We look forward to meeting you.

Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Where: Yooralla, Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, Braybrook.

Contact: Jordana Vespa-Carra
Email: jordana.vespa-carra@yooralla.com.au

4
How to Teach Multi-syllabic Word Reading and Spelling
Dr. Smith-Lock is a speech pathologist, linguist and psychologist based currently at Curtin University.  She regularly provides professional development workshops to teachers and speech pathologists on teaching practices for oral language and literacy.
Dr Smith-Lock's  workshop  will discuss two key components of multi-syllabic words: syllable division and morphological analysis. 
Discussion will take place on how to teach this knowledge to promote accurate and automatic decoding and spelling of multi-syllabic words.
Finally, discussion on the importance of linking this knowledge to text comprehension and written expression, and how to explicitly make this link.

By the end of this workshop attendees should be equipped with better skills in;
Understanding the importance of accurate and automatic word decoding and spelling for reading comprehension and written expression
Understanding and applying the rules of syllable division
Understanding and applying the morphological analysis of words
Teaching techniques for syllable division and morphological analysis
Teaching techniques for connecting word study to text comprehension and written expression.

Event Contact: 
Anne Van Uden
Email: anne.vanuden@mq.edu.au
4 Medela Asia Pacific Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium
Medela are hosting a Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium with a line up of 7 world renowned speakers on their research into breastfeeding. Their talks will cover Co parenting, breastfeeding self efficacy, HAMLET from serendipity to clinic, What does evidence say about tongue tie, The wide range of normal breastfeeding patterns and milk production, alcohol and breastfeeding, ringing up about breastfeeding, interventions designed to promote exclusive breastfeeding in high income countries and do nipple shields help or hamper mums in pain? Don't miss out on early bird tickets to our symposium and contact us to sign up to emails for updates on speakers and abstracts. The symposium will also feature an art display from students and a photography exhibition by Suzie Blake.

Event Contact:
Katie James
Email: symposium@medela.com.au

8
Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Newcastle, NSW on May 8-10, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop!
This 3-day workshop is for Speech pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay.
Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly!

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

12
Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.
Direct bookings at https://www.trybooking.com/367717

Event Contact:
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org

14 Learn Easy English - 2 Day Writing Course
Develop an understanding of Easy English, review current research and resources, and begin to develop your own Easy English document with the support of Access Easy English staff. This training focuses on all elements of implementing Easy English, including language and use of images. It provides numerous opportunities for participants to practice implementing these and other elements in their own document. Participants also consider the organisational implementation of Easy English. Bookings at the website.
Cathy Basterfield

Event Contact:
 Cathy Basterfield
Email: cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au

19 The Business of Allied Health in the NDIS and Beyond
National Disability Services (with NDIS sector development funding via DHHS), OT Australia and Primary Health Tasmania would like to present this valuable CPD opportunity for Tasmanian allied health professionals (AHPs). This event is relevant to those who would like to strengthen their business capability in order to work effectively in the context of the NDIS, and beyond. The cost of this high calibre event has been heavily subsidised and especially developed for Tasmanian AHPs - so don't miss out! 

Presented by Cathy Love This training will be fast paced, interactive and informative and will be delivered around the following themes within the
context of the NDIS:
Building business foundations
It takes a team to raise a business
Your products, prices and pitch
Systemise your business for success
Ethical and effective marketing magic

Pre webinar 8th May 6-7pm
Post webinar 29th May 6-7pm
Full day workshop 10am-3pm at The Grange, Campbelltown
Cost= $150 (subsidised course fee)
Register via OT Australia 

Event Contact: Keren Shanley
Email: keren.shanley@nds.org.au

22
WEBINAR: Assessment and AAC - Where do we start? What am I looking for?
Presented by Janelle Sampson
Where do we start when it comes to assessing people with Complex Communication Needs for the most appropriate AAC solution?
Janelle has over 25 years experience as a Speech Pathologist and currently runs Two Way Street, a busy private practice in South Australia.

She will present on considerations for assessment with regards to client/family centred practice and also within the context of NDIS requirements. Participants will learn about the assessment process and outcome measurement approaches, as well as have the opportunity to post questions and discuss assessment challenges with Janelle.

Please take note of the start time - 7:00 pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, QLD; 6:30pm SA, NT; 5:00pm WA.

NOTE - this event is free for AGOSCI members.  Only AGOSCI members can attend.  Membership and webinar information can be found on our website www.agosci.org.au

Event Contact: Sebastian Caon
Email: education@agosci.org.au

22 GIER Twilight Lecture:  'Selecting What Works for Students with Autism to Promote Physical and Mental Well-Being'
3 Distinguished Researchers, Dr Dawn Adams, Professor Deb Keen and Associate Professor Honey Huessler will speak on the topic: Selecting What Works for Students with Autism to Promote Physical and Mental Well-Being.

Venue:  QCA Lecture Theatre, Griffith University, Stanley Street, South Bank, Brisbane.
Time:  4.30-5.00 pm Afternoon Tea - 5.00-6.30 pm Presentation.

Event Contact: Nickola Lukacs
Email: n.lukacs@griffith.edu.au
 

23 Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Preston (Melbourne), VIC on May 23-25, 2018 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!
Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register visit the event website

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

25 Music and Speech Pathology:  The benefits of using music and working with  Neurologic Music Therapists
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Date: Friday 25th May 2018
Fee:    $250 ($230 before 30th April)
Location: O’Shea Centre, 19 Lovedale Street, Wilston, Brisbane Qld 4051
Lunch and morning/afternoon tea included
Presenter:  Claire Bolton van Weert 
Speech Pathologist, Churchill Fellow, Life Coach
2017 Winner of the (British) Best Business Women Awards:
Best Business Woman in Health & Wellness 
2017 Finalist of the (British) Best Business Women Awards:
Best Customer Service
Objectives:
·Learn how music can support communication skills in adults/children (including speech/language development, literacy, autism/social communication, developmental disabilities, voice, fluency, cochlear implants, stroke/aphasia, brain injuries dementia and neonatal dysphagia)
· Understand how Music Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists work collaboratively
· Learn about Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)
· Gain practical skills
· Expand professional networks 
Claire Bolton van Weert is a generalist Australian-trained Speech Pathologist based on Harley Street (London, UK).  She is the Founder of Apex Ability Limited, running workshops in the UK.
A Churchill Fellowship allowed Claire to travel to Canada/U.S.A. to learn how music/singing within speech and language therapy can improve communication skills. She has received training from The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.  Claire works closely with Chiltern Music Therapy, supporting adults and children.

Contact:
Claire Bolton van Weert
Email: info@apexability.com

25
Finding a Voice: a 2-day voice assessment and management workshop for speech pathologists
Epworth Health Care is proud to present a two-day workshop to equip speech pathologists with knowledge and hands-on practice in the areas of voice assessment and management.
With a high calibre team providing both formal lectures and smaller group workshops, attendees will have the opportunity to learn, practice, trouble shoot and discuss assessment and therapy techniques and management strategies.

The first day will cover the assessment and planning of voice management while the second day will focus on delivering voice therapy.
Presenters have been specifically selected to provide a holistic and comfortable learning environment with the aim of developing solid clinical reasoning skills and confidence in delivering voice therapy.

This workshop is for speech pathology clinicians working with dysphonic adults in a range of settings including acute or rehabilitation hospitals, community or private practice. While focusing on management of voice, the holistic approach will also develop clinical skills that could be applied to the management of dysphagia and dysarthria making it most useful for the generalist speech pathologist.

Event presenters
•Professor Paul Carding 
•Sarah Wilmot 
• Dr Amanda Richards
• Annie Strauch

Contact: Tanya Dahl
Email: tanya.dahl@epworth.org.au

25
Successful Strategies for Sustainable Business
Occupational Therapy Australia is hosting a National Private Practice Symposium in Adelaide. Reciprocal rates for allied health professionals who are members of their Association.

Contact:
 Occupational Therapy Australia
Email: privatepractice2018@otaus.com.au

28 Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Brisbane, QLD on May 28-30, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop! This 3-day workshop is for Speech Pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay. Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register visit the event website

Event Contact:
 Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

28 Exercise is Medicine Workshop
Presented by an accredited exercise physiologist, the interactive two-hour workshop in Penrith, NSW, details the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease by treating physical activity as a vital sign. The suite of resources made available to participants will support them in their assessment, management and referral of patients with and at risk of chronic disease. Target audience: GPs, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists are invited to attend the interactive session.

Light dinner and registration at 6.30 pm for 7 pm start.

Learning Outcomes:

• Describe how exercise, including resistance training, can be used to prevent and manage patient chronic conditions
• Recognise the importance of graded exercise therapy in relation to patient safety
• Recall key aspects of the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines
• Discuss behaviour change strategies specific to the adoption of physical activity
• Outline existing physical activity assessment tools in medical software including Medical Director and Best Practice  

Event Contact:
 Rita Ayoub
Email: alliedhealth@nbmphn.com.au

 

April


How to Grow Your Practice Using the Internet
Join Vortala’s CEO, Stephen Anson, as he shares the five factors of digital marketing success and how to grow your practice using the Internet.
This 90-minute evening seminar (1.5 CPD hours) delivers the insights you need to direct your team and current digital providers to achieve superior new patient marketing results.
You'll learn:
- Website design features that maximise new patient conversion.
- Current SEO best-practices to rank #1 on Google (maps and organic).
- Google Adwords methods to fill gaps in your schedule on-demand.
- Facebook strategies to boost patient loyalty and referrals.
- Emerging digital marketing trends to future-proof-our practice.

Contact:
 Brian Koenig
Email: brian.koenig@vortala.com

9 Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Sydney, NSW on April 9-11, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop! This 3-day workshop is for Speech Pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay. Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information and to register online visit the event website.

Event Contact:
Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

9 Hanen's More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Boronia (Melbourne), VIC on April 9-11, 2018 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism. Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information and to register online visit the event website

Event Contact:
Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

12 Hanen's More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Penrith (Sydney), NSW on April 12-14, 2018 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism. Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information and to register online visit the event website.  

Event Contact:
Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

16 CPL's Winnie Dunn Conference
CPL is excited to announce Winnie Dunn is returning to Brisbane in 2018!

In this two-day workshop, we will explore Dunn's Sensory Processing Framework and the evidence supporting a strengths based sensory processing approach to care in children and adult's everyday contexts.

We will examine the role of sensory processing patterns for children with conditions such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy, and practice how to write and talk about strengths and sensory processing with families, teachers and other colleagues.

Participants will:

Understand the sensory processing model and the evidence based sensory processing practices

Understand strengths based approach to sensory processing interventions

Have an overview on the research on ASD on Sensory Processing and impact on interventions/outcomes

Be skilled in using Coaching in interventions with parents

Understand the interaction of Sensory Processing with Cerebral Palsy

Have understanding of how behaviour and Sensory Processing interact
 
Know best practice for communicating and reporting to families about sensory processing difficulties 

Gain knowledge on how to help children with Sensory Processing difficulties engage at school

Be skilled in using Coaching in interventions with parents

Understand the interaction of Sensory Processing with Cerebral Palsy
 

Event Contact:
Michelle Hollier
Email: michelle.hollier@cpl.org.au
18 Self Care for Health Professionals
Dr Sally Shaw, Psychologist, will provide an explanation of exactly what self care is, elements of excellent self care and how you can create a more empowered, energised, healthy, sustainable and creative you by designing and incorporating a bespoke self care practice for yourself. Register here.

Event Contact:
Nicola Graham
Email: nicola.graham@ms.org.au

   

March

5 National Paediatric Dietetic Training
Learn directly from experts in the field of paediatric nutrition in a dynamic environment of lectures, workshops, case study presentations and informal discussions. This training will provide an introduction to paediatric dietetics and give participants a working knowledge and experience of evidence-based practice in the areas of growth, nutrition assessment, infant feeding and common childhood issues such as obesity and faltering growth. Run over two days, this training is the first of three independent, progressive modules offered by the DAA Centre for Advanced Learning and ChildD, as part of the National Paediatric Training Course. Participants may take a single module or progress through all three depending on their experience.  This module is suitable for non-dietitians with an interest in paediatrics. 
For more information about the course, including details on how to register, visit the event website.

Event Contact:
Gillian
Email: learningcentre@daa.asn.au

6 Team Talk 2018 (ongoing series)
Calling all allied health professionals. Looking for a great way to accrue PD points and have stimulating discussion with clinicians in similar fields? Team Talk Teleconference 2018 is kicking off in March. Calls are scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month. All new topics. Ten hours of specific therapy content plus pre-reading links, all via your phone. Hosted by Cathy Love (OT), Megan Ingram (SLP) and guests. Come and join the conversation, read and register. Grab the early bird rate, plus access to the previous two years of recordings. 

Event Contact:
Megan Ingram
Email: megan@speechconcepts.com.au

8 National Health Sector Women’s Leadership Summit 
The National Health Sector Women’s Leadership Summit is taking place in Melbourne on 8 March. The aim of the summit is to contribute to the development of resolute and effective women leaders through skills development, expert advice and strategic industry-based networking. The event will provide a unique opportunity to learn from an unparalleled group of female leaders from on the ground front-line managers to inspirational executive decision makers. Keynote speakers include Libby Lyons – Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Dr Christine Dennis - CEO, The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, and Vickie Kaminski - Chief Executive Officer, SA Health. Tickets are available at the subsidised rate of $495 per person by entering code ANHS182 at the time of booking. Register online.

Event Contact:
 Women & Leadership Australia
Email: info@wla.edu.au

14  Managing Your Clients' Behaviours of Concern
Dr Luke Smith, Clinical Neuropsychologist, has a wealth of experience in the multiple sclerosis and progressive neurological disease areas. He will provide key behavioural and communication strategies to implement in your practice to help manage your clients' concerning behaviours and increase your understanding of the underlying pathophysiology. Register here.

Event Contact: 
Nicola Graham
Email: nicola.graham@ms.org.au

14  Treatment for Selective Mutism in Schools and Preschools
This evening seminar is about how treatment for selective mutism is targeted for school psychologists and learning support teams, primary and preschool teachers who have a child with selective mutism, and parents of children with selective mutism or extreme shyness.
It is a condition that severely restricts a child’s capacity for communicating verbally outside the home and typically occurs at the rate of 1 in every 200 children in primary school and much more frequently in preschool-aged children. It is a treatable anxiety disorder. An intensive treatment program at preschool/school is an essential part of treatment for most children with selective mutism. 
Topics that will be covered in the evening seminar:
What is Selective Mutism?
Understanding Selective Mutism 
Understanding how to apply a graded approach to treat anxiety
Factors that affect a child’s ability to communicate
Specific treatment strategies to use at preschool/school and in the classroom
Common issues and questions
For more information about the course, including details on how to register, visit the event website.

Event Contact:
Elizabeth Woodcock
Email: workshops@selectivemutism.com.au

20

ADOS-2 Training Expression of Interest | 20-22 March 2018
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) is an assessment tool which provides accurate assessment and diagnoses for Autism Spectrum Disorders across all ages, development levels and language skills. ADOS is internationally recognised and considered a best practice tool for Autism diagnosis. The Autism Association of WA are currently taking expressions of interest from clinical professionals for our 3 day ADOS-2 training from the 20th to 22nd of March 2018. Click here for an expression of interest form.

Event Contact:
The Autism Association of WA
Email: seminars@autism.org.au

21 First National Virtual Disability Conference
The inaugural National Virtual Disability Conference is rapidly approaching. Register now for important updates and early access to e-posters.
• Topics include health and wellbeing, community living, education and employment 
• Access interactive presentations with National and International experts from the comfort of your own home or office 
• Live and recorded, on-demand sessions - so you don't miss out on anything
• Interact with presenters through live question and answer sessions in real time
• Auslan interpreted and captioned
Who should participate?
People with disabilities, family members, service providers, policy makers, educators, researchers and anyone with an interest in disability.

Event Contact: Meredith Prain
Email: nvd-conference@unimelb.edu.au

22 The inaugural FightMND Australasian Motor Neurone Disease Symposium
22-24 March 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
This meeting will see leading MND researchers and clinicians congregate in Melbourne to discuss clinical trials, best care practices - Multidisciplinary MND clinics, the role of the Physio, OT, speech pathologist, and dietician in caring for those living with MND, assistive equipment, and AAC devices. Further information and registration via the Symposium website

Email:
research@fightmnd.org.au

24 Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact:
 Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org

   

February

6 How to Grow Your Practice Using the Internet
Join Vortala’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Stephen Anson as he shares the five most important digital marketing factors for attracting high-profit patients and growing your practice online. This 90-minute, information-packed evening seminar will equip you with ready-to-implement initiatives that will boost your practice’s new patient-pulling power by converting website visitors into new patients. Learn more and register online

Event contact:
Brian Koenig
Email: brian.koenig@vortala.com

9 IN Business IN Health Conference

Are you wanting to become a more inspiring, influential and innovative health professional? Well, the IN Business IN Health Conference is for you! Join Tara Diversi and a wealth of knowledge from world-class and international speakers, successful entrepreneurs, and business owners (including Tim Robards, Paul Levy and Cathie Reid), as they inspire you to think bigger and share lessons from their experiences.
The Conference will be held over two days in BRISBANE (February 9 & 10), providing you the opportunity to engage in practical workshops tailored to your stage of business, attend success panels with entrepreneurs and business owners, plus network with a diverse group of other health professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners. Plus, for health professional students, it includes free access to an online course for launching your own health business.
If you’re a new or recent graduate, an established business owner or an employed professional, get your ticket and come be inspired to reach your potential. This is a fantastic event you do not want to miss!
Visit the event website

Event Contact:
Tara Diversi
Email: hello@healthleadership.com.au

14 Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Sydney, NSW on February 14-16, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop!

This 3-day workshop is for Speech-Language pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay. Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email workshops@hanen.org or visit our website.

Event Contact:
Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

15 Hanen's More Than Words® Workshop

Join us in Hobart, TAS on February 15-17, 2018 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism. Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email workshops@hanen.org or visit our website

Event Contact:
Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

21 Hanen's More Than Words® Workshop
Join us in Sydney, NSW on Feb 21-23, 2018 to learn how to make the biggest difference for young children with autism and their families. The More Than Words workshop is newly updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.

Space is limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email workshops@hanen.org or visit our website.

Event Contact: Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

22 WEBINAR: Managing Your Professional Liability
Ms. Libby Brookes is a Senior Associate and head of Maurice Blackburn's NSW and ACT medical negligence department. She is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law (Medical Negligence). Libby has a passion for social justice and fairness. Libby will provide key information to ensure Health Practitioners minimize their risk of medical negligence, learn what documentation is key and how to manage their documentation. Register here.

Event Contact: 
Nicola Graham
Email: nicola.graham@ms.org.au

   

January

   
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Hanen's It Takes Two To Talk® Workshop
Join us in Perth, WA on January 18-20, 2018 for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop! This 3-day workshop is for Speech-Language pathologists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay. Space is Limited and our workshops fill quickly! For more information or to register, email workshops@hanen.org or visit our website.

Event Contact:
Lorie Kientz
Email: workshops@hanen.org

22 Sounds-Write Training
SPELD NSW is offering training in Sounds-Write in January 2018. Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured, synthetic, linguistic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This four day intensive course offers an instructional method that is multi-sensory, structured, code orientated, sequential and explicit. These aspects are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell. Visit the event website.

Event Contact:
Georgina Perry
Email: enquiries@speldnsw.org.au

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Stroke Rehab: From No-Tech to Go-Tech
Stroke Rehab: From No-Tech to Go-Tech will be held 29-31 January 2018 in beautiful Christchurch, New Zealand. The conference will include keynote addresses and panel discussions, covering principles of neuroscience and neural recovery, and multidisciplinary engagement in clinical stroke management. Peer-reviewed, research platform presentations will be targeted to subspecialties including speech-language pathology, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. View more information.

Event contact:
Karen Ng
Email: strokerehabconference@canterbury.ac.nz


Workshop: Feedback in the Clinical Workplace 
Workshop: Feedback in the Clinical Workplace 

Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: 
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org
Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: 
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org
Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: 
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org
Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: 
Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org
Vic Key Word Sign Workshop
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.
Suitable for: 
Parents/Carers, Family & Community Members
Childcare & Disablity Staff
Teachers, Educators & Support Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Anyone in the community.
Every participant in a Victorian Calendar Key Word Sign workshop receives the current edition of  Getting started with Key Word Sign (Auslan Edition) as part of their registration.

Event Contact: Zita Canning
Email: training@keywordsignvictoria.org