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IJSLP Co-Editor Position

Commencing January 2022

Following three and a half years as Editor in Chief / Co-Editor of the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology (IJSLP), Associate Professor Anne Whitworth PhD will be concluding her term in December 2021.

Speech Pathology Australia is now seeking Co-Editor applications from suitable candidates for a two-year term.

This valuable and strategic role will continue to enhance the growth and international positioning of the Association’s journal. Working closely with the IJSLP Editor in Chief, Associate Editor and Executive Board, Speech Pathology Australia’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer and external publishers, the Co-Editor will assist in overseeing the direction, standard and promotion of the journal as well as ensuring high quality issues are published in accordance with policies and timelines.

Applications are sought from members who have demonstrated experience and a passion for research and publications. The candidate should have achieved a higher degree, hold a rank of Associate Professor or above, experience and demonstrated skill in editing and writing, a track record of publishing research in international journals, and an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Previous experience in editing academic publications or being a member of journal editorial boards is highly desirable. An honorarium is paid to the Co-Editor (or employer if required) on an annual basis.

A position description is available and applications (comprising a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, a current CV and two professional referees) are to be emailed to Speech Pathology Australia by COB Friday 5 November 2021.

Enquiries can be emailed to the current IJSLP Co-Editors, Associate Professor Anne Whitworth and Professor Elizabeth Cardell.

 

IJSLP Conference Proceedings Guest Editor Position

Expressions of interest are invited for the position of International Journal of Speech Language Pathology (IJSLP)Guest Editor for the 2022 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference Proceedings.

The Guest Editor will coordinate the review process and selection of high-quality papers to be included in the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (IJSLP) to be published in June 2023. Each paper will be between 6,000 - 7,000 words in length and reflect the conference theme, Beyond Borders.

Previous editorial experience is highly recommended.

A position description is available and applications (comprising a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, a current CV and two professional referees) are to be emailed to Speech Pathology Australia by COB Friday 5 November 2021.

Enquiries can be emailed to the current IJSLP Co-Editors, Associate Professor Anne Whitworth and Professor Elizabeth Cardell.

 

New Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Case Conferencing item numbers for allied health use

As a result of advocacy from the Association and other allied health professions, new MBS items will be available from 1 November 2021, for eligible allied health practitioners including speech pathologists participating in multidisciplinary case conferences with medical practitioners. The new items apply to non-admitted patients under the care of an eligible allied health practitioner for:

  • Chronic disease management under the care of a medical practitioner in either community or residential aged care settings.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment for children under 13 years with, or suspected of having, a pervasive developmental disorder (including autism) or an eligible disability, under the care of a specialist, consultant physician or medical practitioner.

Under the new items, eligible allied health practitioners may claim reimbursement for participating in multidisciplinary case conferences for the following periods of time: 15-20 minutes, 20-40 minutes and over 40 minutes. These items will be able to be accessed in-person, via videoconference or telephone, using the same item number.

The new items are intended to increase uptake of multidisciplinary case conferences, improve care coordination and support outcomes that matter most to clients and their families.

This Fact Sheet outlines eligibility for new items, details of each of the item numbers and how they can be accessed and the Association's document about Medicare programs has been updated to reflect the addition of these new items. The full item descriptors can be found on the MBS Online website.