Speech Pathology Australia is aware that telepractice is increasingly being considered for the provision of clinical services and that members need support in this area. On this page, members will find resources and information to guide them in understanding and effectively implementing appropriate telepractice service-delivery. Reference should also be made to the Telepractice FAQs.
This page will be regularly updated as new resources are identified.
Relevant Association Documents
Medicare, DVA and Private Health Funds
Find updated information on how various funding streams are responding to the use of telehealth delivery of speech pathology services on the Association's COVID-19: Medicare, DVA and Private Health Funds web page.
Speech Pathology Australia – Learning Hub: maintains a suite of continuing professional development offerings in the area telepractice. It includes a range of topics from introductory to advanced. Many of these courses are free to members.
NB: The Association cannot verify or endorse the content of the following, non-Association professional development offerings. Members are advised to assess the quality and applicability of session content.
- Allied Health Professions Australia: AHPA has produced a guide addressing technical, privacy and security, and clinical assessment aspects of telehealth for allied health professionals.
- Australian Digital Health Agency: Toolkit to support health professionals and provide advice regarding the security aspects of health technology – including telehealth platforms.
- Australian Telehealth Society Guidelines: Guidelines from various organisations for reference in developing telehealth services
- ASHA Practice Portal: Open access information on telepractice. Some details may be specific to practice in the United States.
- ASHA Special Interest Group 18: Telepractice. Free journal articles on implementation of telepractice
- Digital Health CRC Telehealth Hub: Information hub with various telehealth resources for allied health professionals in Australia. The hub includes information on governance, technology, information for providers and consumers.
- Health Direct Video Call: Allied health professionals may use this telehealth platform under a pilot program funded by the Australian Department of Health until 30 June 2021. Health providers, including speech pathologists, who are interested in a licence may register online.
NB. The Association cannot verify or endorse the security or other features of this platform.
- Department of Health: The Department of Health has prepared a checklist to assist allied health professionals to comply with privacy obligations when delivering telehealth services.
- RCSLT Telehealth Guidance: Information and resources on telepractice. Some information specific to practice in the UK. SPA members should consider Australian practice and privacy standards.
- The University of Melbourne have published their final report on Telehealth by allied health practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey - performed in collaboration with SPA, AHPA, and other peak body associations - provides valuable data about clinician and client experiences with telehealth as it was broadly implemented during pandemic-related restrictions. This report may be useful in assessing future pathways for telehealth in a post-pandemic world.