Innovation Awards

As a professional body, Speech Pathology Australia aspires to provide quality services, innovation and continual pursuit of knowledge. It is committed to promoting innovation in the speech pathology profession in Australia.

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The Association’s Strategic Plan 2017-2019 states that ‘Speech Pathology Australia and members embrace innovation and are “on the forefront” of emerging trends and opportunities’ and strive to ‘explore new opportunities for innovative practice, support knowledge and skill development, and showcase examples of success’.


This graphic displays the official logo of Guild Insurance. The graphic carries the words " Guild Insurance" in black against a white background.The Association provides two awards to the value of $2500 to promote and support innovation. Each award covers one year’s membership of the Association; and in addition, registration, airfares, accommodation, transfers and incidentals to attend the Association’s National Conference in 2020. The Innovation Awards are proudly supported by Guild Insurance.

This is an ongoing award.

Inaugural winners (2019)

Nominations for these new awards closed on 31 May 2019. After all the received nominations in the two categories were rated, the two recipients were notified at the end of July. The winners were publicly announced in Speech Pathology Week.

Professional Practice

In the professional practice category, the winning innovation, submitted by Bronwyn Sutton was titled: The Learning App Guide to Autism and Education.


A number of high-quality and impressive research articles were submitted. When considering nominations in this category, the judging committee prioritised the innovative nature of research, as well as the quality of the research undertaken.

After much deliberation, the committee awarded the prize for innovation in research to Rebecca Amery for her nomination, titled: Collaborative design and development of aided AAC system prototypes for Yolŋu living with Machado-Joseph Disease.

While Rebecca was the nominee for this award, she was the member of a wider research team, including referencing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory group. The research also satisfied the requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council Guidelines for ethical conduct in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Communities.

Speak Out

Both winners are required to provide an article for Speak Out about their innovation and to provide a short presentation to the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in Darwin in May 2020.

2020 Innovation Awards

Nominations for the Association’s Innovation Awards for 2020 will open in the new year. Members are urged to consider nominating for these awards, and helping build the vision of our profession over the next decades to come.