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National Office closure

Speech Pathology Australia advises that due to its relocation to a new office premises, its National Office will close from 12 pm on Tuesday 26 May until 9 am on Thursday 28 May.

Telephones, emails and reception will all be unavailable during this time.

The Association apologies for any inconvenience and appreciates your understanding during this time.

Speech Pathology Australia’s new national office is located at Level 1 / 114 William Street, Melbourne. The new office is approximately 100 metres from the Association’s current office in Bank Place, Melbourne.

Thank you,

SPA National Office


2016 National Conference

15 – 18 May 2016

Crown Perth, Western Australia

Call for papers

The 2016 Conference Planning Committee (CPC) invites you to put forward papers, workshops and poster presentations.

The 2016 National Conference is to be held in Perth, where Australia meets the Indian Ocean with a beautiful stretch of coastline, surf and glorious beaches. Perth’s geographical isolation has contributed to a level of innovation, creativity and resourcefulness which is evident in many spheres including speech pathology.  This Conference will be “making waves” by promoting new ideas and research to ensure that we continuously strive to achieve more for our profession and the people we work with.

The theme takes us from the creation of sound waves when we speak, to the waves made by challenging communication barriers and advancing effective advocacy for people of all ages with communication and swallowing disorders. The Conference will offer a wonderful opportunity for speech pathologists to venture west to share the best of current research and clinical insights.

We want to challenge you to make waves, to gain knowledge, insights and ideas so that you can continue the momentum for dynamic, innovative and creative practice.

Submissions accepted by the Scientific Program Sub-committee will be grouped under nominated themes for presentation at the 2016 National Conference.

Once you click the following link you will proceed to the Online abstract submission, here you will be asked to create a user name and password which you will need to use at all times when accessing your abstract.  An email will be sent to you confirming the username and password you have selected, keep this in a safe place for future reference.  You can now proceed to submit your abstract and you will be prompted with relevant questions throughout the process.  Now click this link to proceed to the Online abstract submission or visit the Instructions for presentations link below.

Important Dates:

Wednesday 16 September 2015 – Closing date for submissions
Monday 14 December 2015 – Notification regarding the success of the submission

Set on the banks of the beautiful Swan River, Perth is modern, sophisticated and multicultural buzzing with vibrancy and energy. It enjoys an average of eight hours sunshine a day and is Australia’s sunniest capital city.  Safe and secure the city offers all the benefits of a large metropolis with a range of interesting and affordable dining experiences, quality accommodation and great shopping.  Supported by a robust economy, Perth has seen remarkable growth in recent years, with significant infrastructure and commercial projects transforming the cityscape and inspiring a cultural renaissance.

We look forward to welcoming you to Perth for the Speech Pathology Australia 2016 National Conference.

Michelle Quail, Conference Convenor
Deborah Hersh, Scientific Program Sub-committee Chair
Natalie O’Brien
Ashleigh Pascoe
Kathryn Ramsay

Instructions for submitting an abstract

Instructions for Paper Presentation Proposals
Instructions for Workshop Proposals
Instructions for Poster Proposals
Keynote and Invited Speakers
Sponsorship and Exhibition


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