National Conference 2020

This graphic is the official logo for the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference for 2020 to be held in Darwin. The graphic in coloured text carries the words Local Contexts, Global Practice24 – 27 May 2020
Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory, Australia

Call for papers

The online abstract submission is now live and the 2020 Conference Planning Committee (CPC) invites members to put forward oral, poster and workshops presentations.

The Darwin 2020 conference theme is Local Contexts, Global Practice.

The theme Local Contexts, Global Practice was chosen to get Australian speech pathologists thinking and talking about their local work contexts as well as the broader global practices we may engage in. This is a theme selected to consider how the profession might move towards culturally sensitive and evidence-based practices that promote multiculturalism, multilingualism, equitable service provision and communication rights locally and globally.

Members in their submission are asked to consider their work, as it relates to theme, and the aspirations outlined in Speech Pathology Australia 2030.

  • Communication accessible communities
  • Access for all
  • Timely services across the lifespan
  • Clients and communities driving service delivery
  • Skilled and confident families and carers
  • Collaborative professional partnerships
  • Quality services, innovation and continual pursuit of knowledge
  • Diverse and dynamic workforce.

The online submission procedure involves a two-step process. Initially a selection must be made between either 1. an oral or poster presentation, or 2. a workshop presentation, before completing the submission.

Before submitting an abstract please read the following instruction about the procedure.

Instructions for oral presentation proposals This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Instructions for poster presentation proposals This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Instructions for workshop presentation proposals This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Submit for an oral or poster proposal (external website)

Submit a workshop proposal (external website)

The CPC warmly invites you to Darwin in 2020 to share, engage, showcase, challenge, problem-solve, create, look to the future and innovate around speech pathology practices locally and globally. When the rest of Australia is getting chilly, Darwin's weather is guaranteed to be perfect with clear evening skies and warm days. The committee looks forward to seeing you there!

Important dates

Thursday 12 September 2019: closing date for submissions

Monday 16 December 2019: Notification regarding the success of the submission

Submissions accepted by the Scientific Program Sub-committee will be grouped under nominated themes for presentation at the conference. This will assist delegates to plan attendance at sessions that match their professional needs.

2020 Conference Planning Committee (CPC)

  • Dr Bea Staley – Conference Convenor
  • Rebecca Amery – Scientific Program Chair
  • Franceska (Fran) Edis
  • Amanda O’Keefe
  • Edwina Pursehouse
  • Melissa (Melba) Ridd