Call for Nominations: Community Representative Ethics Board

The Board of Directors of Speech Pathology Australia is now seeking nominations from members of the public to apply for this position. View more information about this position This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Nominations will close Monday 25th June 2018.

Interested persons will be asked to submit a brief CV and a short statement about their interest/reasons/ capabilities for serving on the Ethics Board.

Capacity to attend at least three teleconferences per year for Ethics Board meetings and participation on Investigation Panels, plus annual face-to-face meeting and training at the Speech Pathology Australia national office in Melbourne. (Friday afternoon – Sunday midday).

This position attracts sitting fees.

For further information and a copy of the position description either email the Association’s Senior Advisor Ethics and Professional Issues at Speech Pathology Australia or telephone her on 1300 368 835.


Allied Health Professions Australia webinars

1. Multimorbidity in primary care: An interdisciplinary approach

This webinar is on Monday 29 May at 7.00 pm.

Improve patient outcomes by joining us for this Interdisciplinary Health Practitioner Network (IHPN) webinar, which will include an expert panel of practitioners featuring a GP, physiotherapist and a psychologist, who will discuss the challenges of addressing chronic health conditions from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

Register online today.

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2. How to Increase GP Referrals for Allied Health Professionals

This webinar is on Tuesday 5 June at 7.30 pm.

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is proud to present a webinar focused on helping allied health professionals better understand how to engage with general practices to improve referral rates. The webinar will be presented by Megan Walker, health marketing expert and owner of Market Savvy; and Dr Melita Cullen, GP from Majellan Family Practice. They will discuss:

  • How to add value to your current GP contacts
  • How to reach more GPs
  • How to get past gate-keepers
  • How to increase GP referrals.

Register online today.

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Federal Budget 2018-19 summary

The Federal Government will increase investment by $12.4 billion in health, Indigenous health, aged care and sport over four years and continue to advance the four pillars of the long term national health plan: guaranteeing Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS); supporting hospitals; prioritising mental health, preventive health and sport; and investing in medical research.

The Government will increase Medicare funding by $4.8 billion, public hospital funding by $30.2 billion, investment in new medicines by $2.4 billion and funding for aged care by $5 billion.

  • The Federal Government is looking to deliver stronger health services for regional Australia to put more highly qualified doctors into rural areas. This will be achieved through a focus on teaching, training, recruitment and retention, including the establishment of the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program. The workforce focus for regional Australia continues to be strongly directed toward medical services.
  • The Government will provide an additional $30.2 billion public hospital funding under a five-year National Health Reform Agreement (2020-21 to 2024-25). This will deliver $130.2 billion in public hospital funding, currently six of Australia’s eight States and Territories having now signed the agreement.
  • A greater focus on outcomes and transparency of funding will support the ongoing commitment to Closing the Gap in Indigenous health with a total of $10 billion for Indigenous health over the next decade.
  • Suicide prevention, supporting older Australians and a Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission are the focus of an additional $338.1 million in funding for mental health.
  • The Government will invest $6 billion in record funding for Australia’s health and medical research sector, including $3.5 billion for the National Health and Medical Research Council, $2 billion in disbursements from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and $500 million from the Biomedical Translation Fund. A $1.3 billion National Health and Medical Research Industry Growth Plan will drive a new era of better health care as well as new jobs and industries, and will include a $500 million Genomics Health Futures Mission.
  • The Government will address the challenges of an ageing population by providing a $5 billion increase for aged care support over the forward estimates. This Budget will deliver improved quality and safety in aged care and invest $1.6 billion in 14,000 additional high level home care places for those who choose to live in their home but need extra support. This brings to 20,000 the extra high level packages announced since last year’s Budget. This is complemented by an additional 13,500 residential care places and 775 restorative places.
  • From a workforce recruitment and retention perspective, initiatives predominantly relate to medicine still, however the Government has committed to fund the Workforce Incentive Program to encourage a range of health professionals, including nurses and allied health professionals to deliver services in rural and remote areas that have experienced difficulty in attracting and retaining them in the past. It is unclear at this stage what this will involve.
  • To help inform tomorrow’s health workforce needs, the Government will invest in a number of programs to provide an informed, evidence-based foundation for future planning. This includes the development of a new Health Demand and Supply Utilisation Patterns Planning Tool to capture a single source of geographically-based health workforce and services data to better examine – and ultimately meet – local needs. Once again, it is unclear how this will apply to speech pathology, but we will be encouraging the Government to ensure that speech pathology and other allied health professions are included, rather than the current focus on medicine and nursing.

The Government has also outlined investment worth $43.7 billion to support the Coalition’s reform plans for Australia’s education system. Of most relevance to speech pathology are:

  • Delivering $440.1 million to extend access for pre-schoolers to 15 hours of early learning each week in the year before school to the end of 2019.
  • The recommendations of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools have all been accepted in principle. A new agreement between the Commonwealth, states and territories will be established to ensure schools, teachers and families are armed with the opportunities they need to deliver better outcomes for Australian students.


Notice of Annual General Meeting

This graphic shows the front cover of the Speech Pathology Australia Annual Report 2017. The graphic is linked to a flip book format of the annual reportNotice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia at 6.00 pm, Monday 28 May 2018.

View the Notice of Annual General Meeting
(including Order of Meeting and Proxy Form).

View the Speech Pathology Australia Annual Report 2017
(including the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017).

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by the Speech Pathology Australia 2018 Awards Ceremony.

Gail Mulcair
Chief Executive Officer


Students and Early Career Speech Pathologists Breakfast Meeting at the National Conference - 2018

The Early Career Reference Group invites Speech Pathology Australia students and early career speech pathologist members to an inaugural breakfast meeting at the Association’s National Conference on Tuesday 29 May. The breakfast is sponsored by Guild Insurance is at no cost to members attending the conference.

Attendees will hear from and be able to ask questions of:

  • Christie Boucher, Risk Services Manager, Guild Insurance will talk about having difficult conversations in clinic settings
  • Leigh Harper, Client Partner manager, Guild Insurance who will speak about professional indemnity and liability insurance.

Members will also have an opportunity to network with their peers, discuss issues that are relevant to this community, meet with the National Office staff, and view resources that have been developed for students and the early career speech pathologists.

Places are strictly limited. Members after completing their conference registration should email the National Conference Assistant to secure a place at the breakfast.


EOI for Early Career Reference Group

The Early Career Reference Group (ECRG) was established in September 2016. The Group meets once a month to discuss issues concerning new graduates and early career speech pathologists. The primary role of this group is to identify the unique needs and concerns that early career speech pathologists may face while seeking to establish and build a professional identity and career and then support the Association to develop resources and supports for members. The Group is made up of a number of speech pathologists who have recently graduated and two Association staff.

As the two-year term of the original membership draws to a close, the Association is seeking early career speech pathologists interested in supporting their colleagues, strengthening the profession and promoting membership of the Association. It would be ideal if members of the Group represent different workplaces (e.g. education, private, aged care disability, etc.) and work in different locations across Australia.

As part of the role, a member would be expected to attend monthly meetings that are held by teleconference; and actively contribute to ideas and discussions around issues faced by early career speech pathologists.

For more information view the Early Career Reference Group Member Position DescriptionThis graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

To be considered for the role, please submit a CV and cover letter outlining the following:

  • Speech Pathology Australia membership and involvement in Association activities
  • How you might best represent issues faced by early career speech pathologists (i.e. which sector, geographical area or life experience do you reflect)
  • Your interest and dedication to supporting the ECRG
  • Relevant skills and experience.

Please submit a CV and cover letter to the Association's Senior Advisor, Professional Practice.

NB. Applicants must be current members of Speech Pathology Australia and be willing to commence their role in August 2018. Applications close 18 June 2018.


Thirty (30%) per cent discount on books

There is a 30 per cent discount on books for members of associations and societies partnering with Taylor & Francis – viz. Speech Pathology Australia. The offer ends on 31 December 2018. Visit either the CRC Press or Routledge websites, select the titles to be purchased, and enter the discount code into the promotional code box provided during checkout. Discount applies to purchase of Routledge, CRC Press and Taylor & Francis books. Secure the necessary 30% discount code This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..


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.