General Information

The 2019 conference is a joint event with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA). The Joint Conference aims to provide attendees with updates, recent research results and the knowledge to enable them to tackle the professional challenges ahead. The conference boasts a program of over 207 presentations. Please read further to view the full conference program and check back often for regular updates! While this can be viewed on a mobile device, the best experience will be on a desktop computer. 

Conference Program

Valuing Indigenous Perspectives

Speech Pathology Australia and the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association value the perspectives of their Indigenous peoples, and are committed to the promotion of culturally responsive approaches to research. For the 2019 conference, those making submissions which involved Indigenous peoples were required to identify presenters and authors who are of Indigenous heritage, and these submissions were prioritised for inclusion. 

The program at a glance will assist you in making your session selections.  Please ensure that you have read this website and selected your concurrent sessions BEFORE you proceed through the registration process.  This will save time plus reduce the possibility of you being ‘timed out’. Places for the sessions will be limited to room sizes or a request from the presenter. So to avoid disappointment, please ensure you register early. Please note (N) denotes panel (P) denotes presented e-poster (S) denotes seminar and (W) denotes workshop. Pre-selection of sessions and the management of session numbers will also help us to ensure the comfort and safety of all participants.


The views expressed at this Joint Conference are not necessarily the views of, or endorsed by, The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited ("the Association") and the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association. The Associations make no warranty or representation in relation to the content or accuracy of the material in this document or Joint Conference. The Associations expressly disclaim any and all liability (including liability for negligence) in respect of use of the information provided. The Associations recommend you seek independent professional advice prior to making any decision involving matters outlined in this document and Joint Conference.

Disclaimer: Please note the topics and session times may change. Please remember to visit the Conference website for regular program updates.

Sunday 2 June 2019 program

The Sunday Private Practice Workshop and Keynote Masterclass are an optional cost to the Conference registration and are open to conference and non-conference delegates. They are each limited to 100 participants. View the Sunday Program.

Poster Program

An informative selection of posters will be displayed during the Conference. Authors will be stand at their poster during lunchtime Monday and Wednesday to discuss their work. View a list of the poster titles and presenter.


Briefings for all presenters and chairpersons is from 5.45 pm to 6.00 pm on Sunday 2 June 2019.


A dedicated exhibition area has been included for the duration of the Conference within the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, for companies and organisations to display their products and resources. Delegates are asked to show their support by visiting each display during the Conference.


Pre-registration drinks on Sunday, arrival tea and coffee, as well as morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day, will be served in the exhibition area.

Special Assistance

Delegates with a dietary requirement or require special assistance should include this information when registering online for the Conference.


It is the responsibility of the individual delegate to arrange personal and travel insurance.

Parenting while at conference

The Conference organisers recognise that some delegates will be caring for young children while at the conference. Young children are welcome, though we are unable to offer childcare. Support people are welcome to attend to help care for young children. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre has dedicated parenting spaces, which will be available to conference delegates. Please read this information which may be of assistance to delegates with young children. Rooms allocated were correct at the time of posting but are subject to change. View the venue map for room locations.

Terms and conditions

Member Registration

Member registration fees apply to current Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) members, members of the international speech pathology professional associations, and members of other allied professional associations who are not speech pathologists. Our system automatically determines the registration fee according to your membership status.

Trouble-shooting during selection of Conference Sessions

Conference sessions need to be selected during the registration process. Ensure you open each of the days to view the sessions available. If you have made an incorrect selection, a red conflict notice will appear. Ensure you only select one session per timeslot and if a seminar or workshop is for three hours you will need to select both sessions. You cannot proceed to the payment screen until all required questions have been answered.

Once you have registered for the conference, you cannot go back in and make changes. Please email the Conference organisers if you wish to make a change to your registration.

Credit card payments


Credit card payment is the only form of online payment offered (MasterCard or Visa). The tax receipt and confirmation of registration will be available to you from your My Event section.

Sunday: 2 June

Private Practice Workshop and Keynote Masterclass

  • The Private Practice Workshop and Keynote Masterclass are optional extras to all registration fees.
  • It is possible to register for the Workshop or Masterclass only.


Social events included within payment of your registration fee

  • Certified Practising, Non Certified, Re-Entry Members and Non Member registrations automatically include a ticket to the Welcome Reception Sunday and Conference Dinner Wednesday.
  • Full registrations for Non Practising, Full-Time Post Graduate Student and Student members automatically include the Welcome Reception only.
  • Tickets for the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner can be purchased online with your registration.


Associate Professions may access Member rates

Associate Professions = New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) members, members of the international speech pathology professional associations, and members of other allied professional associations who are not speech pathologists.

If you have attended a previous Speech Pathology Australia Conference, you will already have a Username and Password. If you do not remember this information, select the forgot my password or my username and follow the process.

Associate Professions attending the conference for the first time will need to click the Create a new account link and follow the process. Once completed you will be returned to the registration page. Included in the conference information is a link to complete the required information form. Enter the relevant membership information. Once completed Associate Professions can register and will be offered Member rates. Proof of membership must be emailed to the Conference organisers to finalise the registration.

If you require special assistance or have a dietary requirement

If you have completed the dietary requirement or accessibility issues section on the online registration form, details will be passed on to relevant parties. While all care is taken in relation to food allergies and intolerances advised to us by registrants, SPA or NZSTA cannot guarantee completely allergy free meals, nor be held responsible for any adverse reactions. Any registrant who has notified of a food allergy or intolerance is to make themselves known to the staff at the Conference registration desk upon arrival. We will endeavour to provide your request but this cannot be guaranteed as the venue might also have restrictions.

Participants List

A list of conference participants, which will include each attendee’s name, workplace (if provided), State/Territory and email address will be provided to each delegate and exhibitor/sponsor at the Conference. Some delegates and exhibitors/sponsors are based or reside overseas. If your details are included on the list, you might be contacted after the Conference by anyone who receives the list. If you do not wish to appear on the list of participants, you should tick the relevant box on the Conference registration form.


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