Our workforce

Our speech pathology workforce will have the capabilities and capacity to drive quality, innovation and diversity, as enablers to achieve our vision.

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Collaborative professional partnerships

Speech Pathology Australia partners with a wide range of professions and organisations to enhance the profession’s collaborative practice to achieve coordination and integration of services

  • Provide member education and support in relation to collaborative practices, for example, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary practice
  • Strengthen collaborative practice opportunities within pre-service education and placements within accreditation requirements
  • Develop specific resources and tools for working in an integrated manner with other professions, for example, speech pathology-teacher or speech pathology-engineer collaborative practice.

Collaboration with allied health professions and peak bodies will be utilised to strengthen advocacy in areas of optimal client service delivery.

  • Maintain active engagement with Allied Health Professions Australia, supporting and initiating joint policy development and representation to promote funding for collaborative practice and service delivery which leads to optimal client outcomes
  • Support members to engage in a range of settings which foster collaborative practice, for example, Primary Health Networks.

International collaborations with global partners are strengthened and extended to achieve recognition of communication disability and increased access to services

  • Maintain liaison and specific project activity with international partners to foster global reach to recognise communication as a human right
  • Undertake specific initiatives to engage with Australian representatives concerning the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to ensure communication disability is highlighted in issues and strategies for the 2018 reporting to the CRPD Committee
  • Actively support the training and service development of speech therapy/pathology services in Majority World and developing communities.

Global collaboration of the speech pathology community strengthens standards and evidence based practice

  • Investigate partnerships with international speech pathology associations in areas of clinical standards and evidence based practice development and sharing of resources
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders across professions and industry to implement the International Dysphagia Diet Standards Initiative.

Quality services, innovation and continual pursuit of knowledge

Speech pathologists practise within recognised ethical, quality and safeguard frameworks

  • Demonstrate that the robust self-regulation program of the Association meets the standards of the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Professions
  • Develop and implement a practice accreditation system, which is predicated on quality and safeguard standards (that may be requisite for areas of practice, for example, National Disability Insurance Scheme)
  • Promote Speech Pathology Australia practice accreditation as a defining credential to government/funding bodies.

Speech pathology scope and advanced skills are identified and recognised through clear competency frameworks

  • Revise the definitions of advanced practice and extend work in identifying, developing and promoting national standards (based on preliminary work in identifying the purpose of, and need for, skills recognition and credentialing within the speech pathology profession)
  • Ensure collaboration across relevant disciplines and explore potential changes in scope of practice, such as, medication administration and prescribing; suctioning; radiography for videofluoroscopy swallow study (VFSS); and develop competency criteria, skills and knowledge training requirements.

Speech pathology practice both informs and is driven by the latest research and evidence

  • Provide access to resources and training in the use of evidence based practice through extending evidence based practice online education and support the dissemination of knowledge and research, for example, access to journals and intervention databases, such as, speechBITE™
  • Bridge the gap between research and clinical practice, with coaching and mentoring to support engagement and publication in clinical research

Speech Pathology Australia and members embrace innovation and are “on the forefront” of emerging trends and opportunities

  • Commit to supporting innovative practice, through specific research initiatives in areas, including simulation, technology supports for practice and therapy, emerging fields, such as, bio-genetics and robotics
  • Promote innovative practice which demonstrates a positive impact on the community through various mediums, such as, scientific publications and forums, media (including social media) and public presentations.

Diverse and dynamic workforce

Speech Pathology Australia provides leadership in building a diverse workforce

  • Review workforce profile data to capture and review features of workforce diversity, including identifying barriers to training, entry and retention
  • Identify and implement specific strategies to target and ensure diversity of entrants to the profession, including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, males and those from broader socio-economic areas of the community
  • Establish specific supports and mentoring in collaboration with partners, such as, Indigenous Allied Health Australia, to support retention of target groups post-graduation
  • Explore pathways and support for allied health assistants and Aboriginal health workers to transition into speech pathology training programs
  • Promote working with allied health assistants, support workers and Aboriginal health workers.

A resilient and innovative profession that responds dynamically to new and emerging models of practice and funding systems

  • Build the profession’s capacity to work in different models as a result of reforms in funding, commissioning and service delivery models, for example, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Primary Health Networks, and My Aged Care, through a range of resources, member network supports and educational opportunities
  • Develop practice and business supports to equip practitioners to enter private practice, contracted employment and commissioned services
  • Develop frameworks to support clinical governance that include meeting recommended levels of professional supervision when working in sole, small business or non-traditional settings
  • Explore new opportunities for innovative practice, support knowledge and skill development, and showcase examples of success.

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