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Position vacant: National Advisor, Aged Care

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking a speech pathologist with a special interest in the role of speech pathology for older people, to work in this permanent part time position.

The National Advisor Aged Care provides advice and support to members of the Association regarding speech pathology services for older people, as well as undertaking specific advocacy and representational activities to achieve the Association’s strategic goals in this area of speech pathology practice.

The National Advisor Aged Care assists in the development and implementation of a strategic response by Speech Pathology Australia to the Department of Health Aged Care (My Aged Care) reforms, including representation and identification of risks, opportunities for advocacy, as well as provision of support to members working in this area. The National Advisor Aged Care represents SPA at key forums and collaboration with stakeholders including the National Aged Care Alliance.

The position is part time, up to 5 days per fortnight, ideally located in Melbourne or able to regularly visit the National Office (arrangements for remote work may be considered). Some interstate travel is required for this role.

For a copy of the Position Description email the Association’s National Office.

For enquiries regarding the role either telephone Trish Johnson, Senior Advisor Ethics and Professional Issues on 03 9642 4899 or email her.

To apply for the position email a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and a copy of your CV to the Association’s Senior Advisor Ethics and Professional Issues by Monday 29 January 2018.

Call for Tenders – A review of the Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists – Entry-Level

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking tender submissions from interested individuals/organisations to undertake a review of the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) for Speech Pathologists –Entry Level. The tender closes on Friday 2 March 2018.

CBOS details the minimum knowledge, skills and attributes required for graduate entry into the profession of speech pathology and is a core fundamental document that underpins professional standards functions and is pivotal to Speech Pathology Australia operations.

The review of CBOS represents a significant body of work and therefore it is imperative that the review is undertaken utilising a robust design to ensure outcomes are met and the future speech pathology occupational standards are embraced and accepted by the profession and stakeholders.

For a copy of the Project Brief either contact the Association’s National Office or download a copy This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

For enquiries regarding the tender submission email the Association’s Senior Advisor Professional Standards or telephone (03) 9642 4899.

Tender submissions should be emailed to the Association’s Chief Executive Officer at no later than the close of business on Friday 2 March 2018.

Board of Directors nominations are open

The Speech Pathology Australia Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of the Association's policies and procedures within the rules of the Constitution.

Under the Association’s Constitution Board nominations are currently being sought for four positions.

Directors hold major responsibility within the Association and as such, many Directors have never previously undertaken a role with similar legal, financial and strategic management responsibilities.

Every possible support and assistance is provided by experienced Directors, especially members of Board Executive Subcommittee, the Chief Executive Officer and National Office staff.

A nomination form and an information package are available This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Each nomination must address key selection criteria and completed nomination forms must be received at National Office by Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

The appointments will be effective from the 2018 Annual General Meeting in May for a period of two years. Any voting member is encouraged to nominate, while retiring Directors are eligible to renominate. Elections will be held if more than four nominations meeting the selection criteria are received.

For further information, see the Director Position Description, contained within the Policy and Procedures Manual, or contact a current Director, or Association's Chief Executive Officer.

Call for Nominations – Elected Members, Speech Pathology Australia Ethics Board

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking nominations from current members, who are not members of the Board of Directors, for elected member positions on the Ethics Board.

In 2000 the Association established the Ethics Board to manage and, when necessary, to enforce the Code of Ethics. The board currently has ten members: the chair, three senior members, three elected members and three community representatives. The three elected member positions will become vacant in May 2018.

The Ethics Board is an integral part of the Association’s internal self-regulation processes to ensure that speech pathologists maintain the highest standards of professional practice and conduct. The Ethics Board is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints regarding members of the Association and acts an advisory committee to the Board of Directors in relation to matters of ethical practice.

The board has three teleconferences per year, plus an annual face-to-face meeting and training weekend at the National Office, Melbourne.

Elected member positions
The elected Member positions are open to any interested member of the Association (other than current members of the Board of Directors). Current members of the Ethics Board may be considered for re-election providing that they have not exceeded the maximum allowable term. Please consider your own interest in sitting on the Association’s Ethics Board and/or if you are aware of colleagues who would be suitable.

Nominations close 28 February 2018
Complete the nomination form This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format. and return it to the Senior Advisor Ethics and Professional Issues at National Office by 28 February 2018.

Association members will vote for each elected member position by confidential electronic ballot prior to the Annual General Meeting at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in May 2018. To assist members in making an informed appointment to the Ethics Board, members will be provided with a statement written by the nominee. The successful nominees will be announced during the Annual General Meeting.

For further information either email Trish Johnson, Senior Advisor Ethics and Professional Issues at Speech Pathology Australia or telephone her on 1300 368 835