Position Vacant: Advisor / Senior Advisor Cultural Responsiveness and Reconciliation This is an animiated gif that flashes the word new.

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking to appoint an Advisor, Cultural Responsiveness and Reconciliation. The level of appointment will be dependent on experience. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage is a requirement for this position.

This is an exciting new position which will further the Association’s objectives surrounding reconciliation and cultural responsiveness. The successful candidate will have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, with a strong interest and experience relevant to Reconciliation and the provision of culturally safe services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

The position is part time, up to 3 days per week, and is a fixed term, 24-month appointment. The successful applicant may be based at National Office in Melbourne or may work remotely. Travel to National Office will be required.

For further information regarding this position email the Association’s Senior Advisor Evidence Based Practice and Research.

To obtain a position description email Speech Pathology Australia.

To apply for the position forward a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, a copy of your CV, including evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage and the contact details of two referees to Association’s Senior Advisor Evidence Based Practice and Research.

Applications close on Friday 25 October 2019.


Queensland Registration Board Legacy Fund Special Purpose Project Grant This is an animiated gif that flashes the word new.

The Special Purpose Project Grant is one of four schemes, funded from the legacy funds remaining at the closure of The Registration Board of Queensland, in 2013.

Recognising that the needs of the profession with respect to research and education opportunities can change over time, this grant program provides the ability to support a specific project or initiative with one-off funding up to a maximum of $25,000. Applications must demonstrate that the project is substantial in scope and of significant interest and benefit to the profession in Queensland.

Applicants must demonstrate the significant value of the project to the profession against one or more of set criteria. These include:

  • Will contribute to the enhancement of professional practice of speech pathologists in Queensland.
  • Relates to or supports the research and/or education needs of the speech pathology profession.
  • Will have outcomes that will enhance speech pathology services for the Queensland public.
  • Is a significant project of strategic value to the profession which has wide application and high impact.

The successful applicant (or applicants where multiple projects are deemed appropriate for funding) will be required to provide a report or deliver a piece of work that is documented and disseminated to Queensland speech pathologists for the benefit of all.

Please note that applicants are not required to be members of Speech Pathology Australia. The Association's membership is encouraged to circulate this information within broader networks within Queensland.

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Applications close – Friday 11 October 2019. (Late applications cannot be accepted).


NEW Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant This is an animiated gif that flashes the word new.

Speech Pathology Australia announces a new research grant – the Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant.

One grant of up to $30,000 will be awarded to fund a project that involves a team of clinician(s) and researcher(s) working in partnership to address an area  that will add to the evidence base for communication and swallowing disorders and is embedded in the clinical context. The question(s) addressed may arise from clinical practice or may extend a research study to a clinical context to provide external validity. The project must be completed within a two year time frame.

Applications open on 1 August 2019 and close on 21 October.

Learn more about the Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant.


New business coaching course for Association members

Speech Pathology Australia is collaborating with Realise Business, a not-for-profit, government funded organisation, to support, coach and advise Association members wishing to grow their business.

This eight-month virtual learning and coaching program is delivered via seven live webinars. Participants receive their own dedicated business coach as well as access to an online portal of recorded webinars, resources and a “closed” Facebook group.

Members are supported to analyse their business identity, strengths and realise opportunities. Regardless of their location, this virtual learning program is accessible to all Association members around Australia.

There are still a few places left for members to attend the next course starting 14 October 2019.

Realise Business Chief Executive Officer Jacqui Attard will present the seminars.

Register online via the SPA X Realise Business course registration.

For more information email the Association’s Manager Professional Practice.


Trinh Founcation - new volunteer opportunities

The Trinh Foundation has several exciting volunteer opportunities in DaNang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for speech pathologists with a minimum of five years clinical experience.

The Trinh Foundation has three clinical placement blocks in various clinical settings. Two of these are in DaNang and one is in Ho Chi Minh City.

The details for each placement type and clinical educator requirements are outlined below. Due to the inherent challenges associated with placements in non-English speaking developing contexts, the Foundation is seeking speech pathologists with clinical education experience and a minimum of five years clinical experience.

20 April – 8 May 2020

  • 3 week adult voice placement
  • University Clinic, DaNang
  • 3 Clinical Educators with experience in voice therapy

4 May – 3 June 2020

  • 4 week general adult placement
  • Primarily hospital based, Ho Chi Minh City
  • 5 Clinical Educators with generalist adult experience

23 November – 18 December 2020

  • 4 week placement
  • Various caseloads and placement sites including hospitals and private clinics in DaNang
  • Up to 8 Clinical Educators with adult OR paediatric experience

Members interested in any of these opportunities should email the Trinh Foundation direct.


Co-editor: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Applications Sought

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking applications for the Co-Editor position for the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (IJSLP) from suitable candidates for a three-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 Co-Editor, Anne Whitworth, Associate Editors and Executive Board, the Speech Pathology Australia 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 forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer via the Association's Board and Executive Assistant by COB Friday 27 September 2019.

Enquiries can be made to the current IJSLP Co-Editors, Professor Kirrie Ballard and Associate Professor Anne Whitworth, or to Gail Mulcair, Chief Executive Officer.

Applications close by COB Friday 27 September 2019.


This photographs shows the Chief Executive Officer of Speech Pathology Australia, Gail Mulcair, addressing a fourm at the United Nations in New York.Communication disability … a United Nations agenda

The week beginning 10 June was a significant time for placing communication disability firmly on the human rights agenda. Speech Pathology Australia (the Association), alongside partners of the International Communication Project and ISAAC and Humanity and Inclusion (UK), were able to highlight communication disability at the level of the United Nations at the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disability in New York. Read more…


Refugees with communication disabilities in Rwanda

In 2016, at the instigation of UNHCR, Julie Marshall, Manchester Metropolitan University UK, Helen Barrett, Communicability Global Rwanda, and Sidra Anwar, UNHCR Rwanda, carried out a small scoping study and literature review to begin to understand and describe the challenges to supporting refugee-survivors of sexual and gender-based violence who have a communication disability, in Rwanda. This project was support in part by a Speech Pathology Australia Working with Developing Communities Grants. Read more about this project.


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.