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Position Vacant: Consultant / Project Officer supporting the implementation of the SPA Reconciliation Action Plan This is an animiated Gif that flashes the word new in red out of a yellow background.

The Association is seeking to appoint a consultant / project officer to undertake a project supporting the Speech Pathology Australia Reconciliation Action Plan. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage is a requirement for this position.

This project will further the Association’s objectives surrounding reconciliation and cultural responsiveness. The successful candidate will have 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 available for 3 – 5 days per week, subject to negotiation. The project period is six months with the possibility of extension. The successful applicant may be based at the Association's 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 please forward a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, CV, including evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage and the contact details of two referees to the Association’s Chief Executive Officer.

Applications close on Friday 3 April 2020.

 

Supporting Communication Needs in the South Australian Justice System - March 2020 This is an animiated Gif that flashes the word new in red out of a yellow background.

In March 2020, South Australia has commenced a new fee-for-service model in which any speech pathologist may be approached to act as a ‘communication partner’ to support the participation of an individual through the SA justice system. The Association strongly recommend that all South Australian members familiarise themselves with what this entails. Read more...

Changes in Editorial team for the International Journal

After originally commencing as International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (IJSLP) Editor in 2014, holding this position for three years, followed by a further three years as Editor in Chief and co-editor, alongside Anne Whitworth, Professor Kirrie Ballard is stepping down from her editor role as of January 2020. Read more…

 

Support for small business impacted by emergencies including the 2019/20 bushfires

Members should be aware that support for small business impacted by bushfire is available from a number of government and non-government agencies.

Australian Government Business
What to do in an emergency? AGB has an array of helpful information, including state based links regarding what to do in an emergency and a Search Tool to find a business adviser in your area.

Australian Tax Office provides support for businesses impacted by the bushfires.

Business Enterprise Centre provides advice on business recovery.

Fair Work Ombudsman useful advice on paying your employees when they are not working.

Business Victoria

Small Business Commissioner NSW

Business Queensland

Speech Pathology Australia may be able to help members find other support options or answers. Contact Speech Pathology Australia.

 

Communication Access Terminology Project Reference Group - Call for Expressions of Interest This is an animiated Gif that flashes the word new in red out of a yellow background.

In 2018 Speech Pathology Australia undertook a literature review on communication access, which highlighted a lack of consistency in terminology used to discuss processes which address barriers to communication, and to people who experience communication barriers.

The Communication Access Alliance, of which the Association is a member, will be conducting research to determine currently used and preferred terminology in Australia relating to people who experience communication barriers and the processes to address these barriers.

The Association is calling for expressions of interest to join a reference group to guide this research project. The Association is looking for speech pathologists from across Australia with a minimum of five years' clinical or research experience and an interest in communication access. We are seeking four people with broad state, national and international networks.

Reference group members will be expected to attend four meetings and provide feedback on documents between meetings.

To express interest in joining the reference group or for more information email the Project Officer, Meredith Prain at the Association.

 

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.