Reconciliation

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) has a vision for the future, articulated in its landmark Speech Pathology 2030 project. This vision is outlined in eight aspirations, which include clients and communities driving service delivery, timely services across the lifespan, collaborative professional partnerships, quality services, innovation and continual pursuit of knowledge and a diverse and dynamic workforce.

These aspirations cannot be achieved without strong collaboration between the profession and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Formal apology

On 3 June 2019, Speech Pathology Australia delivered a formal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Read the formal apology from Speech Pathology Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee

In October 2017, the Association established an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.

The role of the advisory committee is to lead the Association in ensuring that the voice and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to culture, language, land, sea, water and history are embedded in the values and business of Speech Pathology Australia now and into the future.

The Advisory Committee meets four times each year to provide strategic advice to the Association. The inaugural members of the Advisory Committee are:

  • Tara Lewis (Committee Chair), Aboriginal representative, Speech Pathology Australia member
  • Beth Armstrong, Chair, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum Committee
  • Gail Mulcair, Chief Executive Officer, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Chyrisse Heine, Director, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Shane Mohor, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Health Council of SA
  • Donna Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  • Eddie Ong, Torres Strait Islander representative, Speech Pathology Australia member
  • Peter Palancio, Community representative, Northern Territory
  • Tirritpa Ritchie, Indigenous Project Officer, University of South Australia, Deputy Chair, IAHA Board
  • Alice Robins, Aboriginal representative, Speech Pathology Australia early career member
  • Cori Williams, Senior Advisor, Evidence Based Practice and Research, Speech Pathology Australia.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Speech Pathology 2030 project identified the need for the Association to to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Reconciliation Australia provides the following definition of the purpose of the RAP.

A RAP is a strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.

Reconciliation Australia supports four levels of Reconciliation Action Plan – Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate.

Working Group

The Association formed a RAP Working Group in late 2017 to develop the first (Reflect) Reconciliation Action Plan. As recommended by Reconciliation Australia the Working Group includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives and decision making staff members of the Association.

Members of the Association's Reconciliation Working Group:

  • Tara Lewis, Aboriginal representative Speech Pathology Australia member
  • Eddie Ong, Torres Strait Islander representative, Speech Pathology Australia member
  • Alice Robins, Aboriginal representative, Speech Pathology Australia member
  • Stacey Baldac, Manager Professional Standards, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Gaenor Dixon, Former National President, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Michael Kerrisk, Communications and Marketing Manager, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Gail Mulcair, Chief Executive Officer, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Cori Williams, Senior Advisor, Evidence Based Practice and Research, Speech Pathology Australia.

Cultural safety

Working in culturally safe and responsive ways is essential to Reconciliation. The following online resources are available for members.

Share Our Pride

The Cultural Responsiveness Indigenous Allied Health Australia Framework

Using positive lanaguage.

NSW Health: Communicating positively- A guide to appropriate Aboriginal terminology

Reconciliation Australia Good practice guide: Demonstrating inclusive and respectful language 

Resources

Learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Deadly Questions

Indigenous Cultural Learning Online Learning Course

Bringing them home

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Sharing the True Stories: Improving Communication in Indigenous Health Care

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous web page