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Allied Health Scholarships 2016

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), has announced the opening dates for applications for the 2016 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Clinical Placement Scholarships.

Postgraduate Scholarship: Supports practising allied health professionals to study at the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters or PhD level. The Scholarship is valued at $15,000 (FTE) per annum for a maximum of 2 years. Applications open on 6 August 2015. For more information…

Clinical Placement Scholarship: Supports allied health students to undertake clinical placements in rural or remote Australian communities during their degree and consequently choose to practice in such settings after graduating. The Scholarship is valued at $11,000 for a maximum 6 week placement and will only be awarded once during a student’s course of study. Applications open on 18 August 2015. For more information…

Undergraduate Scholarship: Supports students to study an allied health profession at the undergraduate level, or graduate entry-level for their chosen profession. The Scholarship is valued at $10,000 (FTE) per annum for the duration of the course of study. Applications open on 1 September 2015. For more information…

Call toll free 1800 338 061 if you need further information regarding the NAHSSS scholarships.


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No bars on books

No Bars on Books is an initiative of the Tasmanian Branch of Speech Pathology Australia for Speech Pathology Week: 23-29 August 2015. The theme for Speech Pathology Week in 2015 is Talk with me.

No Bars on Books aims to help bring books to children separated from their mum or dad because one of them is in prison. No Bars on Books understands that communication, language, literacy and warm family connectedness are all essential to breaking cycles of disadvantage and crime.

No Bars on Books
supplies donated (new and excellent-quality second-hand) picture books to the Risdon LINC’s Books-on-CD program. In this program, parents in prison read and record onto CD a story for their children.  – and the child receives the CD, the book, and the irreplaceable experience of hearing their mum or dad’s voice recorded just for them!

Where can books for No Bars on Books be left?

The No Bars on Books initiative would not be possible without the support of Speech Pathology Australia, ABC Local Radio Tasmania, LINC Tasmania, the Tasmanian Prison Service and 26 Ten.


Submission to End of Life Choices

Speech Pathology Australia has made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee Inquiry into End of Life Choices.

The Association’s submission describes communication and swallowing difficulties experienced by people receiving end of life care. It also discusses the role of speech pathologists in providing the expertise in management of communication and swallowing difficulties that is required to support people and health care providers to make appropriate choices.

Recommendations include recognition of allied health professionals, including speech pathologists, as integral members of interdisciplinary teams providing palliative and end of life care.

Learn about other submissions made by Speech Pathology Australia...


Get the right health insurance!

Get the right health insurance before 30 June or it may cost you. With the end of the financial year fast approaching, the question for many is – have I organised my private health insurance? Thanks to your SPA Member Advantage benefits, you have access to Australia's largest not-for-profit health fund HCF's exclusive Corporate Product range.

When you apply for a new policy through Member Advantage you receive:

A member exclusive saving on the premiums for current HCF Corporate Health Insurance products.

Heart cover included in all Hospital products, except Basic Hospital.

Only pay one hospital excess per person per calendar year and no hospital excess for dependent children.

Free 'Limit Boosts' to top up your annual dental and optical limits.

For more information visit the Member Advantage website or call 1300 853 352.

*This offer is for new members taking out hospital and extras cover. Waiver does not apply to waiting periods of more than 6 months and all hospital services, including the same day excess and ambulance services are also excluded from this offer. Correct as at 29/05/2015.


National Conference Media

The 2015 National Conference generated a lot of interest from the media and substantial opportunities were secured across all facets of traditional and social media, including all local TV networks in attendance to film the Health Minister's opening address.

Speech Pathology Australia member and academic Dr Kate Bridgman and her client Reiner Stefani were interviewed on Melbourne's Channel 9 news.

Conference presenter Linda Williams was featured in a Canberra Times article outlining her research in the use of Lego as a tool to help kids with Autism to communicate.

During the conference, three radio stations (all from different states) interviewed Speech Pathology Australia’s outgoing National President, Professor Deborah Theodoros:

  • On ABC Radio 666 Professor Theodoros and conference keynote speaker Professor Jay Rosenbek were interviewed about the speech pathology profession and its work; and
  • On radio stations 6PR (Perth) and 4BO (Ballarat), Professor Theodoros was interviewed on the Federal Government budget decision to axe theHealthy Kids Check.

The major Fairfax newspapers also run stories on the axing of the Healthy Kids Check quoting Professor Theodoros.

During the Conference social media was used to further highlight the importance of the Conference, the topics covered and the knowledge of the invited presenters. Many members in attendance engaged in social media which provided personal and important content.



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