Staff

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) maintains its National Office in Melbourne, where the Chief Executive Officer and a small team of dedicated staff are located. A number of national advisers are located outside of the Association’s Melbourne Office. Do you want to contact the Association's National Office?

Gail Mulcair

Chief Executive Officer
Gail is responsible for the implementation of the Association’s strategic direction and provides support and advice to the Board, including the reporting on financial matters and ensuring all statutory and compliance requirements are met. Gail is also responsible for the direction of policy and government relations activities and represents the Association across a range of government and key stakeholder meetings and alliances. Gail oversights the overall operations of the Association and ensures the National Office supports the needs of members and the broad functions of the Association.
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Anhar Al-Shameri

Content Producer
Anhar is responsible for producing and overseeing the Association's digital media content, including video and podcasts, as well as supporting various other communication projects.
Anhar Al-Shameri

Simone Arnott

Senior Advisor Professional Standards
Simone is part of the Professional Standards team that ensures speech pathologists wanting to join the Association meet the required competency standards. Simone’s role includes moderation of university accreditations, training of accreditors, development of competency-based documents and processes and contributing to the overseas qualified assessment program and the re-entry program.
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Stephanie Ashworth

Administration Assistant
Stephanie provides administrative support to the Professional Standards Unit including University Accreditation, Professional Recognition, Clinical Guidelines and Strategic Projects.
(Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
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Marie Atherton

Senior Advisor Professional Standards
Marie is part of the Professional Standards business unit. The Professional Standards unit ensures speech pathologists wanting to join the Association meet and maintain the required standards and develops practice documents including clinical guidelines for speech pathologists and position statements for stakeholders, consumers and government. Marie’s role includes the coordination of the development of practice documents and supports the accreditation of universities and assessment of individuals to ensure they meet the required standards.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
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Stacey Baldac

Manager Professional Standards
Stacey manages the Professional Standards team and is the Interim Deputy Chief Executive Officer. The Professional Standards team is responsible for ensuring the standards for certified practising membership, and for accreditation of university programs, assessment of overseas trained speech pathologists, the Re-Entry program and Professional Self-Regulation program. Stacey’s team also develop the Association’s Practice Guidelines, Position Statements, and other core documents for members and the speech pathology profession.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
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Maree Brown

Manager Professional Education
Maree provides strategic leadership and coordination of valued and innovative professional development offerings for the speech pathology profession, including responsibility for the design and delivery of professional education and training programs across a range of formats and learning platforms.
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Tricia Chardon

QLD Professional Education Coordinator
Tricia provides strategic guidance, plans and organises Queensland’s professional education events in communication with the Queensland Branch to reflect member needs.
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Nathan Cornish-Raley

Professional Support Advisor
Nate develops resources and processes to facilitate professional support for members with particular focus on supports for student and early career members. He responds to member queries regarding supervision, mentoring, peer support and other professional support options and manages the Association’s mentoring program. Nate also supports the Association’s efforts related to the provision of telepractice.
(Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
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Sarah Cunningham

VIC/TAS Professional Education Coordinator
Sarah provides strategic guidance, plans and organises Victorian and Tasmanian professional education events in communication with the local Branch to reflect member needs.
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Dharshi Deegala

Finance Officer
Dharshi manages the Association’s accounts payable and receivable functions. This includes the processing and payments of all expenditures, and the handling and monitoring of receipts (revenues).
(Monday and Tuesday)
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Jane Delaney

Senior Advisor Early Childhood and Education
Jane is responsible for leading and managing identified projects and opportunities in the areas of early childhood and school years education of children. Jane provides information and advice to enable members to support the provision of high quality supports across these sectors. Her role includes developing and updating resources, including existing position statements, clinical guidelines and additional Association practice documents. Jane supports the progression of strategic activities, including submissions, to enhance access to speech pathology services across early childhood, primary and secondary educational settings.
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday AM, and Friday)
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Seda Esenyel

Membership and Administration Assistant
Seda is responsible for assisting in the processing of membership applications and renewals, queries, Overseas Qualifications and Re-entry applications. Seda also provides administrative support across National Office in a range of areas.
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Rebecca Faltyn

Publications Manager
Rebecca is responsible for the design and production coordination of the Association's publications, including Speak Out, the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
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Amy Fitzpatrick

Senior Advisor Disability
Amy is responsible for contributing to the Association’s understanding of and engagement with the disability sector, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Amy supports the progression of strategic activities, including submissions, to enhance access to speech pathology services across the disability sector and to ensure justice for people with communication and swallowing difficulties. Amy also develops resources and provides direct support to enable members to provide high quality support for people with communication and swallowing difficulties in the changing service delivery environment.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday).
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Anneke Flinn

Producer Speak Up Podcast
Anneke manages and produces the Speak Up podcast including concept development, planning, scheduling, support, and editing.
(Wednesday)
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Nikki Gearon

Adults/Aged Care Project Officer
Nikki supports the Senior Advisor Aged Care in providing a strategic response to aged care sector reform, and support to members providing speech pathology services for adults and older people’.
(Wednesday and Thursday)
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Stephanie Gershon

National Conference Coordinator
Stephanie is responsible for the successful operational direction, development, and delivery of the annual Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Stephanie reinforces the Association's member-centric culture through the delivery of a balanced and cohesive event structure underpinned by best practice and collaborative partnerships with external bodies.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
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Shirani Gomes

ACT/NSW Professional Education Coordinator
Shirani provides strategic guidance, plans and organises New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory’s professional education events in communication with the local Branch to reflect member needs.
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Nichola Harris

Manager Professional Practice
Nichola is responsible for all matters related to professional practice. Her role involves overseeing support provided to members, by National Office staff and external providers, and the development of resource documents and organisation of professional practice seminars. Nichola ensures that the ability for speech pathologists to provide high quality professional practice is maintained or advocated for by, representing the Association on a number of National committees and Reference Groups, liaising with Government departments and seeking consultation or responding to reviews or enquires. Nichola also supports the writing of the Association’s guides, information sheets, position statements, clinical guidelines and submissions.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
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Amy Hoang

Finance Officer
Amy manages the Association’s accounts payable and receivable functions. This includes the processing and payments of all expenditures, and the handling and monitoring of receipts (revenues).
(Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
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Alison Holm

Project Manager, ILC grant
Alison is responsible for leading and managing the three year NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant funded project. The focus of the project is to create a resource hub that promotes communication access and participation for people with communication disability.
(Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
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Trish Johnson

Manager Ethics and Professional Issues
Trish provides advice and support to members and the general public regarding the ethical and professional conduct of speech pathologists. Trish also supports the Ethics Board in the education of members regarding the Code of Ethics and professional issues, and in the management of formal complaints. Additionally, Trish represents the Association on a number of national working parties and alliances, contributes to Association submissions and undertakes specific projects relating to professional issues.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
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Alison Kellett

Membership and Administration Officer
Alison is responsible for the processing of membership applications and renewals, queries, Overseas Qualifications and Re-entry applications, and liaison with eligibility assessors. Alison also provides administrative support across National Office in a range of areas.
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Michael Kerrisk

Communications and Marketing Manager
Michael is responsible for managing the Association’s marketing, communications, promotion and media activity. Michael is also responsible for the organisation of the Association’s Book of the Year Awards, the Speech Pathology Week public awareness campaign, and Swallowing Awareness Day.
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Jenny Le

Finance Officer
Jenny manages the Association’s reconciliation of iMIS debtors, maintaining the Fixed Assets Register and providing value added service to other business units. She also provides support to the Association’s accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll functions.
(Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
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Tara Lewis

Senior Advisor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy and Practice
Tara is responsible for supporting and embedding an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective into the Association’s functions and activities. She provides advice to the Board and management alongside and in collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander Advisory Committee, and provides leadership and support for the development of culturally responsive and culturally safe practice within the profession.
(Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
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Nadia Marussinszky

Ethics Advisor
Nadia is responsible for supporting members with queries relating to common ethical issues, including appropriate content and strategies for members to advertise and market their speech pathology services informed consent, confidentiality, conflict of interest and other topics.
(Monday and Friday)
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T-Lee Mason

Membership and Administration Officer
T-Lee is responsible for the processing of membership applications and renewals, queries, Overseas Qualifications and Re-entry applications, and liaison with eligibility assessors. T-Lee also provides administrative support across National Office in a range of areas.
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Erin Masson

National Professional Education Coordinator
Erin provides strategic guidance and coordinates the Association's National Professional Education program. Erin also supports the Branch Coordinators to plan and organise LIVE Online and face-to-face events..
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Nicole McGill

Senior Advisor Evidence Based Practice and Research
Nicole is part of the Professional Standards unit and works with and across the Association's operational business to enhance and promote the position on Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and research to staff and members. Nicole contributes to the development of resources and training to enhance staff and members’ knowledge of and skills in applying EBP principles. Nicole supports National Office staff and speech pathologists across Australia to be confident and equipped with skills to undertake EBP and research activities.
(Monday, Tuesday, and alternate Wednesday)
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Emma McLaughlin

Professional Practice Advisor
Emma is responsible for responding to professional practice related enquiries, including issues around the NDIS. She also provides support to members through the development of website resources including guides, information sheets, FAQ documents and templates. Emma supports the representation of the Association at meetings, the writing of submissions, and fact sheets as required.
(Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
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Leila Medina

Finance Manager – Senior
Leila manages the Association’s financial activities, including management reports, payroll, audit, controls and procedures. Leila, in liaison with the Chief Executive Officer, oversees the development of the Association’s annual budget and ongoing budgetary processes.
(Tuesday and Thursday)
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Rosie Miller

Professional Self Regulation (PSR) Advisor
Rosie supports members with information regarding PSR requirements including requirements for transition from provisional to full CPSP status. Rosie also conducts Certified Practising member audits.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
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Ange Ortega

Reception and Administration Assistant
Ange is responsible for reception (member and public customer service), general administration, and teleconferences.
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Nicole Pantalleresco

Board and Executive Assistant
Nicole is responsible for providing executive administrative and project support to the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors and other subcommittees of the Association. Nicole is also responsible for maintaining the Association’s Policy and Procedures manual and liaising with the Board regarding required changes. In addition, Nicole coordinates communication with university programs, including Heads of Speech Pathology Programs and providing support to the COMPASS® Online licensing process.
(Monday, Tuesday and Friday)
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Lori Rainford

WA Professional Education Coordinator
Lori provides strategic guidance, plans and organises Western Australia’s professional education events in communication with the WA Branch to reflect member needs.
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Anita Rodricks

Professional Education Officer
Anita is responsible for supporting the Professional Education Coordinators in the execution of events, from initial event brief to successful execution. Anita also provides support to the Manager of Professional Education.
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
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Fiona Ross

Advisor Professional Standards
Fiona is part of the Professional Standards team that ensures speech pathologists wanting to join Speech Pathology Australia meet the required standards. Fiona’s role includes Professional Recognition/Eligibility Assessment of overseas qualified Speech Pathologists and provision of support and guidance to speech pathologists wanting to re-enter the profession via the Re-entry Program. Fiona contributes to the development and review of practice documents and processes in the Professional Standards area.
(Monday)
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Diana Russo

Senior Advisor Professional Standards
Diana is part of the Professional Standards team that ensures speech pathologists wanting to join Speech Pathology Australia meet the required competency standards. Diana’s role includes Professional Recognition/Eligibility Assessment with responsibility for the overseas qualified assessment program and the re-entry to the profession program, training and supporting assessors, developing competency-based documents and processes, contributing to the moderation of university accreditations, and the development and review of practice documents.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
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Airlie Smith

SA/NT Professional Education Coordinator
Airlie provides strategic guidance, plans and organises South Australia and Northern Territory’s professional education events in communication with the local Branch to reflect member needs.
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Mark Smith

Manager, Policy and Advocacy
Mark is responsible for the identification and management of key policy, advocacy and representational opportunities for the Association. He is responsible for building and maintaining stakeholder relationships within the political, government and community context that are of strategic importance for the speech pathology profession.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and  Thursday)
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Ryan Thomas

Learning Management System Coordinator
Ryan coordinates duties related to the Association's Learning Management System (LMS), including creating, implementing and maintaining LMS content; monitoring, supporting and responding to member and non-member enquiries regarding LMS access; and designing, developing, and implementing e-learning programs on the LMS.
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Kym Torresi

Senior Advisor Aged Care
Kym participates in the development and implementation of a strategic response by the Association to the Aged Care sector reforms, and the development and promotion of speech pathology services for older people. Kym also supports members providing speech pathology services in the aged care sector.
(Monday and Wednesday)
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Erin West

Professional Practice Advisor
Erin is responsible for providing advice for members and the community regarding issues around the NDIS. She also responds to professional practice related enquiries and provides support to members through development of website resources including guides, information sheets, and templates. Erin supports the representation of the Association at meetings, the writing of submissions, and fact sheets as required.
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
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Cori Williams

Senior Advisor Evidence Based Practice and Research
Cori provides support related to research and evidence based practice to the Association and its members. She worked with the Senior Advisor Professional Development and Certification to develop the Evidence Based Practice independent study resource. With administrative support from the Association’s National Office Cori manages the research grants process.
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Kelly Williams

Ethics Advisor
Kelly is responsible for supporting members with queries relating to common ethical issues, including appropriate content and strategies for members to advertise and market their speech pathology services informed consent, confidentiality, conflict of interest and other topics.
(Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
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Mary Woodward

Senior Advisor, Justice
Mary is responsible for progressing strategic activities and advocacy in the area of justice. She also supports members interested or working in these fields, providing specific advice when required, leading the development of practice documents, and collaborating to ensure there are professional development opportunities to increase members' knowledge and skills on related topics.
(Monday and Thursday)
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Pei-yi Wu

Communications and Marketing Officer
Pei-Yi is responsible for developing and maintaining the Association’s digital presence via a range of electronic newsletters and social media platforms. She also provides design and desktop publishing support for the Association’s communications and marketing team.
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Liz Young

Manager, Member Services and Operations
Liz is responsible for managing the Association’s member service functions: membership database; new members, re-entry, renewals, overseas qualification processes, member benefit programs and office operational matters.
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