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?
National Office Staff and National Advisors
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.
Email Gail Mulcair
Senior Advisor, Professional Standards
Stacey is responsible for managing the Association’s programs to ensure new members meet the required minimum competency standards for practising membership. Pursuant to this, Stacey manages the accreditation of university speech pathology programs, the overseas qualified assessment program, the re-entry to the profession program; and the development and review of practice documents, including core Association documents (clinical guidelines and position statements).
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
Email Stacey Baldac
Susan is responsible for developing and maintaining the Association’s digital presence via a range of electronic newsletters and social media platforms. Susan also provides design and desktop publishing support for the Association’s communications and marketing team.
Email Susan Boyd-Skinner
Senior Advisor, Professional Education and Certification (CPD and PSR)
Sharon is responsible for managing the Association’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program, which includes the national CPD online program, the annual National Tour, and the Branch CPD program. Sharon is also responsible for managing the Association’s Professional Self Regulation (PSR) and CPSP program.
Email Sharon Crane
Membership and Administration Officer
Rebecca is responsible for the processing of membership applications and renewals, Overseas Qualifications and Re-entry applications, and liaison with eligibility assessors. Rebecca also provides administrative support across National Office in a range of areas, including: Branch liaison, event organisation, grant administration, reception backup and travel arrangements.
Email Rebecca David
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, Wednesday and Friday)
Email Dharshi Deegala
Sandy provides support, through research and investigative inquiry, for all policy and advocacy activities of the Association; including policy analysis and development, preparation of submissions and consultation responses.
(Monday, Thursday and Friday).
Email Sandy Fowler
National Advisor – Education, Early Childhood and Projects
Mary is responsible for leading and managing identified projects and opportunities in areas of early childhood and school years education of children. In consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Mary provides oversight and coordination to delegated projects and activities within the Association’s strategic plan.
Email Mary Gornik
Senior Advisor 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)
Email Nichola Harris
Membership and Administration Assistant
Beryl is responsible for the processing of membership applications and renewals, queries, Overseas Qualifications and Re-entry applications, and liaison with eligibility assessors. Beryl also provides administrative support across National Office in a range of areas.
Email Beryl Johnson
Senior Advisor, 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 – Thursday)
Email Trish Johnson
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.
Email Michael Kerrisk
Finance Manager – Senior
George manages the Association’s financial activities, including management reports, payroll, audit, controls and procedures. George, in liaison with the Chief Executive Officer, oversees the development of the Association’s annual budget and ongoing budgetary processes.
(Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Email Kylie Martin
National Advisor Disability
Cathy is responsible to provide advice and inform and contribute to the Association’s understanding of and engagement with the disability sector, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Cathy is also responsible to develop resources and provide direct support to enable members to continue to provide high quality supports for people with disability and communication and swallowing difficulties in the changing service delivery environment. In addition, Cathy provides support and coordination around the Association’s position and activities in relation access to justice for people with communication difficulties.
(Tuesday and Thursday, and Wednesday morning)
Email Cathy Olsson
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)
Email Nicole Pantalleresco
Professional Support Advisor
Meredith develops resources and processes to facilitate professional support for members. This includes managing the Association’s mentoring program and maintaining the supervision register. She responds to member queries regarding supervision, mentoring, peer support and other professional support options.
Email Meredith Prain
National Conference Manager
Pamela is responsible for the management and implementation of the Association’s national conference held in a different city of Australia each year. She has worked for the Association in this role since 2008.
(Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Email Pamela Richards
Professional Education Administration Officer
Anita is responsible for administering and managing the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events library, CPD events, CPD feedback and general administrative support to the Senior Advisor, Professional Education and Certification (CPD and PSR).
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
Email Anita Rodricks
Professional Standards Support Officer
Diana is responsible for supporting the Senior Advisor Professional Standards with the Professional Standards portfolio in areas such as university accreditation; developing and maintaining practice documents; professional recognition – re-entry and overseas qualifications and the Occupational English Test.
(Monday, Tuesday and every second Friday )
Email Diana Russo
Professional Self Regulation Advisor
Joanna is responsible for managing the Association’s Professional Self Regulation (PSR) audits.
Email Joanna Shorland
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.
Email Mark Smith
National Aged Care Advisor
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.
Email Kym Torresi
NDIS/Practice and Clinical Support 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.
Email Erin West
Senior Advisor Evidence Based Practice and Research
Cori provides support related to research and evidence based practice to the Association and its members. She creates monthly evidence alerts which are disseminated via email, Facebook and Twitter, and 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 she manages the research grants process.
Email Cori Williams
Donna is responsible for reception (member and public customer service), general administration, and teleconferences.
Email Donna Witham
National Advisor, Justice and Mental Health
Mary is responsible for progressing strategic activities and advocacy in the areas of justice and mental health.
Email Mary Woodward
Communications and Digital Media Specialist
Ian is responsible for the design and production of the Association's print and digital media content. This includes: Speak Out, the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, video production and podcasts. Ian also manages a number of the Association's social media platforms.
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
Email Ian Yorski
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.
Email Liz Young