About SPA Overview
Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia.
The Association's main objectives include:
- To prescribe, guide and govern the clinical and ethical standards of members in their practice of speech pathology
- To facilitate and promote opportunities for members to pursue knowledge and develop professionally
- To disseminate professional positions to key stakeholder groups including: the government, consumers, referrers and the public
- To advocate for and respond to the needs of clients with communication and swallowing difficulties
- To promote timely access to services
- To represent the interests and views of members of the Association.
The Association's Charter document outlines the Vision, Mission and Values of the Association.
A general overview of the Association is provided in the About Speech Pathology Australia document, or via the Association's Wikipedia entry.
In 2009 Speech Pathology Australia celebrated its 60th year as the professional peak body for speech pathologists in Australia.
An updated poster was produced along with an 'Honour board' poster of our esteemed members.
Our National and State Structure
National Council (the Board)
- Speech Pathology Australia is coordinated nationally by a council elected from all states and territories.
- Each state and territory has an active Speech Pathology Australia branch with its own officers. Some branches also have local geographical groups.
- The day-to-day activities are carried out at National Office in Melbourne by the Chief Executive Officer and a small staff.
National Office and Chief Executive Officer
- Supports members and their clients, and liaises with external stakeholders
- Ensure state-specific issues are aired- work with National Office on developing media responses, lobbying action or submissions to government or other organisations
- Any member can nominate for a role on their Branch Executive Committee
- All members are welcome to attend monthly Branch meetings
Speech Pathology Australia activities are coordinated within the portfolios:
- Continuing Professional Development
- Professional Standards
- Practice, Workplace and Government
- Public Affairs
- Scientific Affairs
- Member Networks
Each portfolio is headed by a national councillor, and supported by a leader and working parties in each branch.
Regular teleconferences and face-to-face meetings are held, ensuring close liaison and cooperation.
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