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.


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…


New business coaching course for Association members

Speech Pathology Australia is collaborating with Realise Business to support, coach and advise those Association members wanting to grow their business. View the course flier This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

This eight-month virtual learning and coaching program will be delivered via seven live webinars. Each participants will receive their own dedicated business coach, as well as access to an online portal of recorded webinars, resources and a “closed” Facebook group. Members will be supported analysing their business identity, strengths and realising opportunities. This program is accessible to all Association members in Australia.

The total cost for the eight-month program is $990 (or four direct debit payment of $255). Registration for this exciting opportunity is now  open.

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


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.