Changes in Editorial team for the International Journal

After originally commencing as International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (IJSLP) Editor in 2014, holding this position for three years, followed by a further three years as Editor in Chief and co-editor, alongside Anne Whitworth, Professor Kirrie Ballard is stepping down from her editor role as of January 2020. Read more…


Support for small business impacted by emergencies including the 2019/20 bushfires This is an animiated Gif that flashes the word new in red out of a yellow background.

Members should be aware that support for small business impacted by bushfire is available from a number of government and non-government agencies.

Australian Government Business
What to do in an emergency? AGB has an array of helpful information, including state based links regarding what to do in an emergency and a Search Tool to find a business adviser in your area.

Australian Tax Office provides support for businesses impacted by the bushfires.

Business Enterprise Centre provides advice on business recovery.

Fair Work Ombudsman useful advice on paying your employees when they are not working.

Business Victoria

Small Business Commissioner NSW

Business Queensland

Speech Pathology Australia may be able to help members find other support options or answers. Contact Speech Pathology Australia.


Nominations are now open for Association awards

Speech Pathology Australia offers a range of awards to recognise and celebrate those members who demonstrate excellence in speech pathology practice and significant contribution to the Association and the profession. These Nationally Recognised awards include:

Life Membership: Life membership is the highest honour accorded by the Association and confers Practising or Non Practising membership on a person for the rest of their life. It recognises outstanding leadership and committed service to the Association and the profession over many years.

Fellowship: Fellowship of Speech Pathology Australia is a public professional honour awarded to a member with considerable experience, responsibility and standing within the speech pathology profession. The award recognises and celebrates members who have achieved excellence in a field of speech pathology practice. Fellowship is a membership category, and an ongoing honour.

Recognition of Service: Awarded by the Association to up to three members annually in recognition of ongoing, valuable and voluntary service to the Association. Nominees may have contributed to the Board, Branch Executive, Branch Portfolios, Task Groups, Conference Planning Committee, etc.

Early Career Award: This award is open to new graduate practising members in recognition of ongoing, valuable and voluntary service to the Association at either a National or Branch level. Nominees may have contributed to Branch Executives, Branch Portfolios, Task Groups, Conference Planning Committees, etc. In most cases, nominees will have held positions on Committees or Portfolios as students.

Community Contribution: Awarded by the Association to recognise outside agencies, which have made a significant and valuable contribution to speech pathology.

Members who know of someone who deserves the honour and recognition of an Association award must submit an application(s) on the official award nomination form. Award nominations for presentation in 2020 close in February.

View the relevant official award nomination form.

For further information email the Association’s Board and Executive Assistant.


Communication Access Terminology Project Reference Group - Call for Expressions of Interest This is an animiated Gif that flashes the word new in red out of a yellow background.

In 2018 Speech Pathology Australia undertook a literature review on communication access, which highlighted a lack of consistency in terminology used to discuss processes which address barriers to communication, and to people who experience communication barriers.

The Communication Access Alliance, of which the Association is a member, will be conducting research to determine currently used and preferred terminology in Australia relating to people who experience communication barriers and the processes to address these barriers.

The Association is calling for expressions of interest to join a reference group to guide this research project. The Association is looking for speech pathologists from across Australia with a minimum of five years' clinical or research experience and an interest in communication access. We are seeking four people with broad state, national and international networks.

Reference group members will be expected to attend four meetings and provide feedback on documents between meetings.

To express interest in joining the reference group or for more information email the Project Officer, Meredith Prain at the Association.


Call for Board nominations

In accordance with the Constitution of Speech Pathology Australia, Nominations are currently being sought to fill five upcoming vacancies on the Association’s Board of Directors. (NB. one vacancy is for a twelve-month term, with all remaining vacancies for the usual two year term).

NB. Under the current Constitution the Association cannot have any more than two Directors from any one state or territory. Given that there are two Victorian based Directors continuing in their current term, the Association cannot accept nominations from Victorian based members on this occasion.

The Association’s Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of the Association's policies and procedures within the rules of the Constitution.

Directors hold major responsibility within the Association. Many Directors have never previously undertaken a role with similar legal, financial and strategic management responsibilities. Therefore, every possible support and assistance is provided by the current Directors, the Chief Executive Officer and National Office staff.

This key leadership role offers a wonderful opportunity to develop new skills and contribute significantly to the strategic direction of the Association and the speech pathology profession. Directors are required to attend four Board meetings each year.

The Board Nomination Form and an Director Nomination Information Package are available . Each nomination must address key selection criteria and completed nomination forms must be received at National Office by Friday 31 January 2020. (Late nominations cannot be considered).

The appointments will be effective from the Annual General Meeting in May 2020 for a period of two years.

Any voting member is encouraged to nominate, while retiring Directors are eligible to renominate. Elections will be held if more than five nominations are received.

For further information, see the Director Nomination Information Package or email the Association’s Chief Executive Officer.


Communications from Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia communicates regularly with members through a variety of means. The Association will, however, never contact a member through submission of a website contact form.

The Association has become aware that there may have been incidences of this happening. Where a member receives contact of this nature, stating it is from Speech Pathology Australia, they should immediately contact the Association as we are endeavouring to take steps to prevent this from occurring. Contact Speech Pathology Australia.