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Speech Pathology Australia NEW Member Hub
The Member Hub is the Association's new purpose-built, online platform. It is a professional space where the speech pathology community can communicate with one another around shared professional interests, seek support, network and learn. It will replace the existing Facebook member communities.
The Member Hub will be launched at 10 am on Tuesday 31 May.
Members can read more about the Member Hub, including why the Association is moving to this platform, how you will be able to access this new community, and plans to close the existing communities.
Read the Member Hub FAQ .
Access to the Australian Government’s Free Interpreting Services (FIS)
From 1 July 2022 the Department of Home Affairs have announced that some privately employed allied health care providers will have access to the Australian Government’s Free Interpreting Services (FIS).
Initially, access to the FIS will be expanded to all eligible private sector allied health professionals in the following Local Government Authorities (LGAs), based on areas of high migrant settlement.
||Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown
||Casey, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton
||Albury, Armidale Dumaresq, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong
||Cairns, Logan, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville
||Adelaide, Mildura, Mount Gambier
||Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Wodonga
Initial funding is for four years and includes an evaluation to support consideration of any further investment. The online application form is expected to be available on the FIS website in the coming weeks.
Expressions of Interest – new project officers
The role of speech pathologists working with older people – revision of Position Statement
The Project Officer will lead a review and update of the SPA Position Statement: Working with Older People (2015) so that it reflects contemporary practice and changes in language and priorities within the aged care sector. The Statement should summarise the key evidence and position of SPA on speech pathology practice with older people and their families in Australia, and act as an information and advocacy tool for speech pathologists and other stakeholders. Review the full Project Brief.
Speech pathology practice with people who experience dementia – New Practice Guideline
The Project Officer will lead the development of a practice document that provides evidence-based, best practice guidelines for speech pathologists working with people who experience dementia and their families in Australia.
This project is being undertaken in recognition of the rapidly evolving field of dementia practice and the role of speech pathologists working with people who experience dementia across disease stages and settings, including in the area of Wellness and Reablement interventions. Review the full Project Brief.
Working with support workers – Revision of Position Statement
The Project Officer will lead a review and update of the Working with Support Workers – Position Statement (2014). This project is being undertaken in recognition of the changing terminology and contemporary work practices within this context, including those associated with the NDIS. Review the full Project Brief.
For further details regarding these positions email the Association’s Senior Advisor Professional Standards.
Applications for these positions close Monday 6 June 2022.
COVID-19 information on this website
Members will notice that the state-based COVID-19 pages on this website have changed.
The pages were established at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and had a lot of frequently changing content added to them – hundreds of posts over the last two years. As a result, they contained a lot of information that is outdated.
To facilitate ease of use, these pages have been significantly condensed and simplified.
On the state and territory COVID-19 pages, members will now find links to official sources regarding the COVID-19 response. State and territory governments will update their guidance and directions as required, and members can access current information via these links.
The Association will still post other relevant information on these pages that may not be available through these sources (e.g. details regarding low sensory vaccination clinics, clarifications regarding private practice received from Chief Allied Health Officers, etc.).
The Association’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be to support members to understand their obligations while working as a health professional during this time.
The Association does not generate its own policies and procedures regarding providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When The Member Hub is launched, we will also be sharing updates about COVID-19 via this purpose-built online platform.
Members who wish to talk about issues related to working as a speech pathologist during the COVID-19 pandemic, may email the Association or telephone 1300 368 835.
32nd World Congress of the IALP – Auckland, NZ – August 2023
The next IALP World Congress is on 20-24 August 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. The theme for the conference is: Together Towards Tomorrow
Members of Speech Pathology Australia are encouraged to either return to this page to find the latest information about the congress or visit the IALP World Congress website.