2020 Code of Ethics - Final review

The Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics (‘the Code’) supports each member to undertake professional ethical practice. Members make a commitment to comply with the Code in their practice and it is reviewed regularly to ensure currency and relevance for the profession and broader community. Regular review also ensures that the role and function of the Ethics Board and the Association’s Ethics Procedures are linked with the Code.

A comprehensive review of the 2010 Code commenced in February 2019, to identify ethical issues in current and future speech pathology professional practice for development of the 2020 Code.

The penultimate draft is available for members to provide final comment This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

(NB, the graphic to represent the model of speech pathology ethical practice on page 3 includes the penultimate content, however it will have professional design of the visual element for the final version).

Actions to date include:

  • Appointment of an independent facilitator who completed a Scoping Review of other professional codes and review processes.
  • Member survey during March 2019, 750 individuals responded.
  • Australia wide face-to-face and videoconferencing focus groups with members; discussion and input into what works well in the current Code and what should be considered for the 2020 Code.
  • Input from key stakeholders, e.g. the the Speech Pathology Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee and other external stakeholder representatives.
  • Thematic analysis of all the data collected.
  • The Ethics Board then used the detailed information gained by these activities to revise the Code. Subsequent review has been undertaken by the Board of Directors, legal counsel, members of our profession experienced in the work of the Ethics Board.

The final 2020 Code will be launched at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in May 2020.

The 2020 Code will be an interactive document. Work is currently underway to develop extensive links throughout the document to resources that will support members to uphold the Code. Resources will include definitions, internal resources such as Speech Pathology Australia policies, podcasts, clinical guidelines, FAQs, PD opportunities, and external resources such as links to legislation, references and government websites.

The penultimate draft is available for members to provide final comment This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Members should email final comments Speech Pathology Australia by midnight, Sunday 23 February 2020.

View Code of Ethics Review webisode.