Special Interest Groups

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Special Interest Groups may be listed on this website by completing the Special Interest Group Form This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format. and returning it to the Communications Officer.

The following Special Interest Groups are listed below in alphabetical order.

Early Onset Dementias

Aim of providing brief up-to-date information on research targeting identification, assessment, prognosis, management and advocacy of individuals with dementia related communication impairment

Meetings:
Date/s:
Time:
Venue: Online

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
None

Contact name/s:
Dr Adam Vogel and Matthew Poole

Telephone:
(03) 9035 5334

Language-Learning Disability Special Interest Group

We are a group of keen Speech Pathologists, new graduates through to experienced clinicians, working with students whose language difficulties impact on their learning in academic settings. While this means that most of us work in primary and secondary education, there are many members who work in preschool settings as well. We are interested in interacting with and encouraging each other, sharing ideas and resources, discussing research and participating in PDs together. Topics cover any area related to education as requested by the membership, including (but not limited to) phonology, phonological processing, language, literacy, assessment and intervention, particular programmes, administrative and practical issues facing Speech Pathologists. Speakers drawn from ‘within’ or ‘beyond’ our membership regularly present or lead the discussions. Membership includes online access to the journal, Child Language Teaching and Therapy

Meetings;
Date/s: Tuesday evenings, 6 times per year. Dates set at meetings.
2016: Term 1: March 1; Term 2: April 19 (Week 2) / May 24 (Week 7); Term 3: July 19 (Week 2) / August 23 (Week 7); Term 4: October 11 (Week 2) / November 15 (Week 7); Time: 7.15pm, for a 7.30pm start. Finish at 9pm.

Venue:
Rossbourne School, 131 Power Street, Hawthorn. Parking in Power Street

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
$40 per year membership

Contact name/s:
Louise Rowland (Co-ordinator)

Telephone:
Louise 0409 416 941

NSW Dysphagia Interest Group

The NSW Dysphagia Interest Group is a professional development forum for Speech Pathologists with an interest and/or working in the field of adult dysphagia. It is run quarterly with a schedule of presentations designed to meet the educational needs of speech pathologists who want to gain further skills in assessment and management of dysphagia across a variety of caseloads. 2016 will see a change in the format of this group with the focus to provide education sessions of a more practical nature. This will be done utilising case studies and instrumental assessment footage within specific populations to achieve learning goals.

Meetings:
Date/s: 10 May; 9 August; 8 November
Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Venue:
Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Education Centre, Concord Repatriation General Hospital

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
Gold coin donation

Contact name/s:
Nicola Clayton

Telephone:
(02) 9767 7449

NSW Preschool Interest Group

A Speech Pathology support group for clinicians interested in the preschool population.

Meetings:
Date/s: Tuesday 15 March; Tuesday 21 June; Tuesday 6 September; Tuesday 22 November 2016
(subject to change depending on venue and speaker availability
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Venue:
TBA – venues and speakers vary

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
$10 per meeting

Contact name/s:
Vani Gupta

Telephone:
0434 553 428

NSW Stuttering Interest Group

This group discusses clinical practice and latest research in stuttering. The target audience includes clinicians who treat, or plan to treat people who stutter, and researchers of stuttering. Attendees are encouraged to participate in case study group discussion.

Meetings:
Date/s: 22 March; 26 July; 22 November, 2016
Time: 12 am–1 pm

Venue:
Australian Catholic University, North Sydney; Bankstown Stuttering Unit, and the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, University of Sydney Cumberland Campus. Teleconference option available if sought.

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
N/A

Contact name/s:
Michelle Donaghy, Stacey Sheedy, Olya Ryjenko

Telephone:
MD (02) 9739 2622, SS (02) 9780 2763, OR (02) 9351 9766

Private Speech Pathologists Association of WA

Meetings:
Date/s: Meetings usually held once a month
Time:

Venue:
The University Club, University of WA

Any cost or fee (if applicable):

Contact name/s:
Penelope Cromack

Telephone:
View online

Speech Pathology Brain Injury Interest Group (SPBIIG)

The aim of the group is to provide professional support to speech pathologists working with or researching brain injury caseloads. The group will provide opportunities for discussing clinical problems, sharing of information and resources, and learning from the expertise of others.

Meetings:
Date/s: 13 March (Royal Rehab Brain Injury Unit, Sydney); 13 June (Westmead Brain Injury Unit, Sydney); 6 September (Liverpool Brain Injury Unit, Sydney); 24 November (University of Sydney, Cumberland Campus, Sydney). 
Time: 3:00 – 4.30 pm
Venue: See above for dates. Various sites across metropolitan Sydney

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
None

Contact name/s:
Kate McInnes

Telephone:
(02) 6767 8350

Speech Pathology Email Chats (SPECS)

An international online forum for Speech Pathologists working with adults in acute, rehabilitation, palliative care, community and/or academic settings to develop a collective body of knowledge and assist with the establishment of best practice and management.

Contact name/s:
Kate Baumwol (moderator)

Other
An invitation to join can be requested via the SPECS website.

Speech Pathology Head and Neck Cancer Google Group

Speech Pathologists interested in the treatment and management of clients with head and neck cancer. Members can post questions and contribute to discussions via their email address on topics related to head and neck cancer such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, voice prosthesis management and palliative care.

Meetings:
Date/s: Online – national and international
Time:
Venue:

Any cost or fee (if applicable): Nil fee – email contact with brief description of where you work and your specific interest in Head and Neck Cancer.

Contact name/s:
Penny Stabler or Bernadette Dutton

Telephone: (07) 5687 3151 Penny Stabler

Speech Pathologists in Adult Disability

Speech Pathologists who have an interest in adult disability. This community of practice discusses topics that range from communication, behaviour as communication, dysphagia and any other topics for adults with physical and/or intellectual disability. 

Meetings:
Date/s: Meetings will be advertised through the Facebook site during the year.
Time:
Venue:

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
None

Contact name/s:
Brooke Workman and Harmony Turnbull

Telephone:
(02) 9407 7753

Speech Pathologist’s in Adult Rehabilitation (SPAR) – Victoria

Speech Pathologists interested in the assessment and management of clients in the inpatient and community rehabilitation settings.

Meetings:
Date/s: Bi-monthly presentations.
Time: Various (usually afternoons)
Venue: Various metropolitan health services (teleconferencing available at times)

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
Department $40
Individual $20
Student $20

Contact name/s:
Caitlyn Roberts
(Convenor, Barwon Health)

Telephone:
(03) 4215 5540

Stuttering Special Interest Group (STIG) – Victorian Branch

STIG will focus on a specific topic related to current issues / controversies in stuttering. Each meeting will be planned and facilitated by a SP who is experienced in the field of stuttering. Attendees are expected to actively participate.

Meetings:
Date/s: 24 April; 26 June; 28 August; 30 October
Time: 7.30-9.30 pm
Venue: 662 Elgar Rd. Box Hill North

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
There will be a gold coin donation required from each person attending in order to cover running cost of our host.

Contact name/s:
Kylie Smith

Telephone:
0439 407 127

Victoria Dysphagia Interest Group (DIG)

DIG is a fantastic way of keeping up to date with current issues and developments in dysphagia, as well as giving you and/or your health network the opportunity to network and share information with others. DIG holds regular events which include presentations and forums of current areas of interest in dysphagia management. Communication of events and presentations are distributed via email to members. DIG welcomes individuals, health networks and students to become members of DIG to further enhance the community of Speech Pathologists working in dysphagia management across the continuum of care. We also welcome members from interstate and always aim to distribute presentation slides post an event for those who cannot attend in person.

Meetings;
Date/s: Varies – usually about 6 events per year
Time: Varies – usually held in the afternoon
Venue:

Various sites across metropolitan Melbourne

Any cost or fee (if applicable);
Joining fee per year ($15 student, $25 individual, $50 single site facility or $150 health network)

Contact name/s:
Jamie Vourgaslis (Latrobe Regional Hospital), Lydia Natsis (St Vincent’s Hospital) and Adrianna Griffith (Royal Melbourne Hospital)

Telephone:
(03) 5173 8383 (Jamie Vourgaslis)

Victorian Independent Speech Pathologists Network (VISPNet)

This group is for independent (private) practitioners and meetings focus on issues relating to running a business.

Meetings:
Date/s: Four dinner meetings per year
Time:
Venue: The Manningham Hotel, Bulleen

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
$45 (includes dinner)

Contact name/s:
Tristan Nickless

Telephone:
(03) 9873 0102

Victorian Voice Interest Group (VVIG)

Speech Pathologists interested in assessment and management of voice clients. Membership is now also open to final year speech pathology students.

Meetings:
Date/s: Meetings held 3-4 times a year.
Time: Various

Venue:
Various

Topic (optional):
Following 1-2 meetings on transgender voice clients, we are looking to present on chronic cough and vocal fold dysfunction, paediatric voice clients and voice patient experiences.

Cost or fee if applicable:
Nil

Contact name/s:
Nicola Anglin

WA Dysphagia Interest Group

DIG welcomes all practicing and student Speech Pathologists interested in the area of dysphagia across acute, rehabilitation and disability settings. DIG meetings are also accessible via videoconferencing.

Meetings:
Date/s: The first Wednesday of every second month
Time: 4- 5pm

Venue
Joske West, 8th Floor, G Block Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hospital Avenue, NEDLANDS WA 6009

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
Nil

Contact name/s:
Belinda Morrell

Telephone:
(08) 9346 2044