2017 National Conference

The Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2017 is on in Sydney at the International Convention Centre from 28-31 May 2017.

Online registration is closing!

Due to the fantastic, overwhelming response to the 2017 National Conference WiFi and the session selections now limited, the online registration will close at noon on Wednesday 24 May.

This is the official logo for the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2017

In 2017 we want the world to see that Speech Pathology Australia is Working and investing in Future innovations!

WiFi represents more than just a signal that connects us to the digital world… it represents hard work, innovation and investment in the future! We want you to think big, be creative, share your innovations and investments, showcase your work, and connect with colleagues to build a brighter future.

The 2017 Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is passionate about the theme of the conference and has aimed to link it to every offering in this registration brochure. You will notice that there are six concurrent sessions this year due to the overwhelming response to the call for papers which resulted in a large number of high quality submissions. We are fully embracing technology with the poster displays being ePosters this year. (More information on page 7 of the 2017 Online Conference Brochure).

In the program you will also find “PeP” sessions - Presented ePosters. These innovative PeP sessions give selected authors the opportunity to give an energetic three minute talk about their work to a targeted audience with the added advantage of also having an ePoster. For delegates this means you can get exposure to additional innovative work in your area of interest in a way we hope will avoid information overload, because you can talk with the authors.

It is recommended you read through the program before proceeding to the online registration process. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to view the sessions on offer each day prior to making your selection. Some sessions will be limited to room size and workshop/seminar presenters have set attendance numbers. View the Conference Program flyer This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

(F) denotes Forum, (S) denotes Seminar and (W) denotes Workshop.

The CPC is also thrilled to welcome you to Sydney’s newest conference facility! The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will be a beacon of innovation, learning and entertainment, connecting and celebrating leaders of invention, business, governance and the arts – how fitting that the first contracted conference to be held in “the Centre” will be Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2017!

Due to the fantastic, overwhelming response to the 2017 National Conference WiFi and the session selections now limited, the online registration will close at noon on Wednesday 24 May.

Register for National Conference via the 2017 Online Conference Brochure

Also available in PDF This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Terms and Conditions

Member Registration Fee
Remember to renew your Association membership (or if you are not a member, please consider doing so), to obtain the member registration fee. Our system automatically determines the registration fee according to your membership status. 

Trouble-shooting scrolling during selection of Conference Sessions
Conference sessions need to be selected during the registration process. Ensure you open each of the days to view the sessions available. If you click on the session title, you can view the session presentations. If you have made an incorrect selection, a red conflict notice will appear. Ensure you only select one session per timeslot and if a seminar is for 3 hours you will need to select both sessions.

Credit Card Payments
Credit Card payment is the only form of online payment offered (MasterCard & Visa). The tax receipt and confirmation of registration will be emailed to you within one hour of registration.

Sunday: 28 May – Private Practice & IAHA Workshops, and Keynote Masterclass

  • Full Practising member, Re-entry and Non-member registrations are offered entry to the Private Practice Workshop at no additional cost. There is a fee for day registrations or those who wish to attend the Workshop only.
  • IAHA Workshop is open to all Association members at no charge
  • The Keynote Masterclass is an optional extra to all registration fees.

Social events included within payment of your Registration Fee

  • Full Practising member, Re-entry and Non-member registrations automatically include a ticket to the Welcome Reception Sunday and Conference Dinner Wednesday.
  • Full registrations for Full-time post graduate students, non-practising and students (entry level ie: Graduate entry masters and UG bachelor students) automatically includes the Welcome Reception only.
  • Tickets for the Conference Dinner or additional Welcome Reception tickets can be purchased online with your registration.

Associate Professions may access Member rates
Associate Professions = A member of an associate profession.

If you have attended a previous Speech Pathology Australia Conference, you will already have a Username and Password. If you do not remember this information, select the “forgot my password or my username” and follow the process.

Associate Professions attending the Conference for the first time click the “Create a new account” and follow the process. Once completed you will be returned to the registration page, included in the conference information is a link to complete the “required information form”. Enter the relevant membership information. Once completed Associate Professions can register and will be offered the Member rates. Proof of membership must be emailed to conf2017@speechpathologyaustralia.org.au to finalise the registration.

If you require special assistance or have a dietary requirement
If you have completed the dietary requirement or accessibility issues section on the online registration form, details will be passed on to relevant parties. While all care is taken in relation to food allergies and intolerances advised to us by registrants, the Association cannot guarantee completely allergy free meals, nor held responsible for any adverse reaction. Any registrant who has notified of a food allergy or intolerance is to make themselves known to the staff at the Conference registration deck upon arrival. We will endeavour to provide your request but this cannot be guaranteed as the venue might also have restrictions.

Participants List
A list of conference participants, which will include each attendee’s name, workplace (if provided), State/Territory and email address will be provided to each delegate and exhibitor/sponsor at the Conference. Some delegates and exhibitors/sponsors are based or reside overseas. If your details are included on the list, you might be contacted after the Conference by anyone who receives the list. If you do not wish to appear on the list of participants, you should tick the relevant box on the Conference registration form.

Further information regarding the Conference is available from the following links:

So come join us in 2017 for our National Conference, WiFi

2017 Conference Planning Committee

  • Harmony Turnbull (2017 Conference Convenor)
  • Andy Smidt –Scientific Program Chair (SPC)
  • Amy Freeman-Sanderson
  • Cathie Matthews
  • Celine Pascual
  • Kate Smith
  • Pamela Richards, National Conference Manager.

National Conference 2016

The Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2016 was held in Perth (Crown Perth) from 15-18 May.

Learn more about the National Conference 2016.