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Independent (External) Director (voluntary/expenses paid)

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking an individual of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, to be appointed as a volunteer External Director. The successful applicant will join our existing Board of Directors. Read more…

 

Website testing – member input welcomed

Speech Pathology Australia is redesigning its website and is close to finalising the information architecture (menu structure and layout) of its new website. Before this information is finalised, the Association is keen to test it with members. To facilitate this, the website consultant engaged by the Association, ParisFirst, is running individual one-on-one 45 minute online sessions via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Members are invited to book a time and participate in this important research opportunity. Read more…

 

Call for Applications: Speech Pathology Australia: National Conference Coordinator

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is the national peak body for speech pathologists in Australia, representing more than 12,000 members. The Association is seeking to recruit a National Conference Coordinator for three to four days a week (to be negotiated) to lead the development, coordination and delivery of the National Conference.

The National Conference Coordinator is part of the Professional Education unit and will work with and across SPA’s operational business to:

  • Deliver an engaging, innovative and financially viable annual National Conference for Speech Pathology Australia members.
  • Demonstrate exceptional relationship building skills through collaborative and working partnerships with external stakeholders and all departments within Speech Pathology Australia.

Applications are invited from qualified event managers who meet the Key Selection criteria outlined in the full position description .

Interested members should include the following in their application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • The names and details of two referees
  • Statement against the Key Selection Criteria as detailed in the full position description.

Any enquiries should be emailed to the Association’s Manager Professional Education.

Applications should be email to the Association’s Manager Professional Education by 5.00 pm AEST on Monday 9 August 2021.

 

Communication Access Terminology Project

Exploring Communication Access and Inclusion terminology: A mixed methods study (reviewed and approved by the University of Wollongong Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee study number: 2021/058)

Following the recommendations made in the Communication Access Literature Review (undertaken on behalf of the Communication Access Alliance in 2018), Speech Pathology Australia is funding and undertaking research to understand the terminology currently used in Australia to refer to people who experience communication barriers resulting from physical, neurological or sensory impairments, and the processes used to address these barriers.

The project's objective is to determine preferred terms for use when referring to this population and these processes, in order to facilitate consistency and shared understanding for awareness raising and advocacy purposes.

The Association is seeking people with disability and their family members, and experienced service providers, researchers and advocates to participate in online focus groups for this research. See below dates of focus groups.

Members interested in participating or have any questions about this project, please email Dr Meredith Prain for more information.

Please note focus group numbers are limited, and we require a spread of representation from different states and territories, and metro, regional and rural areas, so registering your interest does not guarantee participation. We welcome your interest and support of this project.

Focus group dates and times

People with disability

Victoria: Friday 6 August, 10 am

ACT / NSW: Friday 13 August, 10 am

Queensland: Friday 20 August, 10 am

South Australia / NT: Friday 20 August, 2:30 pm

Tasmania: Friday 27 August, 10 am

Western Australia: Friday 27 August, 1 pm

Professionals

Thursday 5 August, 7 pm

Thursday 12 August, 7 pm

Thursday 26 August, 4 pm

Saturday 28 August, 2 pm

 

Job Vacancy: Professional Practice Advisor

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking a speech pathologist with a special interest in provision of support for members regarding professional practice issues, to work in this permanent part time role.

The Professional Practice Advisor will work collaboratively with the professional practice team and provide timely access to accurate information, support and resources for SPA members, members of the public and others on professional practice matters.

This position is 0.6-0.8FTE (0.8FTE is preferred option) and is located at the Association’s National Office in Melbourne.

For a copy of the Position Description please contact reception at National Office on 03 9642 4899 or email the Association.

Further enquiries should be emailed to the Association's Manager Professional Practice.

Applications, including a cover letter and CV addressing the selection criteria, should be emailed to the Associations’ Manager Professional Practice by Wednesday 28 July 2021.

 

ROADMAP for Hearing Health in Australia survey

Members are invited to take part in an online survey aimed at establishing a base profile of the hearing health care workforce in Australia including speech pathologists, with the broader objective of improving access to high quality hearing health care services, particularly to vulnerable Australians living in regional, rural and remote Australia.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey closes on 19 July 2021.

The Australian Government is investing to implement six key initiatives from the ROADMAP for Hearing Health over the next five years. The Roadmap has a broad range of recommendations, focussing on improving access to high quality services for vulnerable Australians into the future including shortages of regional, rural and remotely-based clinicians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hearing health professionals, teachers of the deaf, audiometry nurses, and Auslan interpreters.

One of the priorities identified in the Roadmap was that a comprehensive audit of the workforce delivering hearing health services be undertaken to identify gaps and inform future workforce planning for hearing health care service delivery in rural and remote areas. Audiology Australia have been tasked by the Department of Health to undertake this work This survey is supported by a Working Group, which includes Speech Pathology Australia.

Email Dr Helen Goulios for further information regarding to the survey.

 

Seeking clients to assist with aged care advocacy

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking consumer/client stories to share with the public, other health professionals, advocacy groups and government. The spotlight is on aged care and human rights, presenting an opportunity to advocate for the speech pathology profession. This advocacy will build an understanding of the importance of communication and swallowing, its impact on social participation, the mealtime experience, and quality of life, and the valuable role of speech pathology in aged care.

The Association would like to hear from members with clients interested in sharing their story. Stories of particular interest may relate to the benefits obtained from accessing speech pathology, the impact of communication and swallowing difficulties on daily life, the impact of not being able to access adequate / appropriate services such as speech pathology.

For more information or to register interest, either telephone the Association’s Senior Advisor Aged Care or Adult/Aged Care Project Officer on 1300 368 835 or email the Association.

 

Health Professionals and Support Services Award (MA000027)

Update to the Pay and Conditions Tool

From 24 May 2021 the Fair Work Ombudsman announced changes to the Saturday and Sunday overtime rates for casual employees in the Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) and the pay guides between 18 June 2020 and 20 November 2020.

WorkPlacePlus can reassure Association members that the Health Professionals and Support Services Award (MA000027) has not changed.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has made updates to the PACT Tool to improve its functionality. This is a very useful tool for employers and employees to apply the terms of their relevant Award.

This information should alleviate any concerns members may have had regarding Fairwork’s recent announcement.

Members with question or require tailored HR/IR assistance do not hesitate to WorkPlacePlus (see Member benefits).

 

‘Heal Country’ for NAIDOC Week webinar

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. In 2021 the theme for the week was 'Heal Country' – a theme that recognises and celebrates the deep and abiding connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to Country, and the need for protection of their cultural heritage. The Association encourages all its members to continue to engage and celebrate this theme.

To that end, the Association invites members to view the webinar 'Heal Country' developed by Evolve Communities. The webinar is available on demand until the end of July. The Association hopes that members will take up this opportunity to learn more about the deep relationship between Australia’s First Nations Peoples and Country.

Log in to the webinar.

Use the passcode SPEECHPATHOLOGYG2 in the box that asks for a coupon code and select the ‘Apply’ button. Add your email address and complete the purchase. You will then be invited to create an account.