Special Interest Groups

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Special Interest Groups may be listed on this website by completing the Special Interest Group Form This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format. and returning it to the Communications Officer.

The following Special Interest Groups are listed below in alphabetical order.

Autism Interest Group - Victoria  

We are a group of Speech Pathologist working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We work in private practices, pre-school, primary and secondary settings, specialist settings as well as in Early Childhood Intervention Services. We are interested in sharing knowledge around working with children with Autism. Topics cover any area related to Autism as requested by the memberships including (but not limited to) ASD and assessment, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, developing pragmatic language and early intervention. Attendees are encouraged to participate in case study group discussion. We invite a guest speaker for each meeting.

Meetings:
Date/s: 14 March, 16 May, 15 August, 14 November
Time: 7.00 - 9.00 pm
Venue: TBA - venues and speakers vary

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
$10 per meeting

Contact name/s:
Vanessa Poon and Samantha Radajic 

Telephone:
0425 822 513 or 0402 656 122

Early Onset Dementias

Aim of providing brief up-to-date information on research targeting identification, assessment, prognosis, management and advocacy of individuals with dementia related communication impairment

Meetings:
Date/s:
Time:
Venue: Online

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
None

Contact name/s:
Dr Adam Vogel and Matthew Poole

Telephone:
(03) 9035 5334

Kids Chat

Kids Chat is a free Scope program that exists to strengthen the abilities of children with complex communication needs. Delivered by experienced Speech Pathologists, Kids Chat aims to build the capacity of families, Speech Pathologists and other support workers to engage with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) principles and tools through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, workshops and individual consultations. Participants will increase their knowledge of non-electronic communication aids as an integral part of the AAC approach, learn how AAC can enhance existing therapy frameworks, and access support around developing non-electronic communication aids and prescribing them to children under the NDIS scheme.

Meetings:
Date/s: view the full calendar of upcoming workshops
Time: Various, refer to the calendar to find a workshop nearby

Venue:
Various, refer to the calendar to find a workshop nearby

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
N/A - this is a free service

Contact name/s:
Marion Van Nierop or Julie Kenny

Telephone:
(03) 9843 2000

Language-Learning Disability Special Interest Group

We are a group of keen Speech Pathologists, new graduates through to experienced clinicians, working with students whose language difficulties impact on their learning in academic settings. While this means that most of us work in primary and secondary education, there are many members who work in preschool settings as well. We are interested in interacting with and encouraging each other, sharing ideas and resources, discussing research and participating in PDs together. Topics cover any area related to education as requested by the membership, including (but not limited to) phonology, phonological processing, language, literacy, assessment and intervention, particular programmes, administrative and practical issues facing Speech Pathologists. Speakers drawn from ‘within’ or ‘beyond’ our membership regularly present or lead the discussions. Membership includes online access to the journal, Child Language Teaching and Therapy

Meetings;
Date/s: Tuesday evenings, 6 times per year. Dates set at meetings.
2017: 

Venue:
Rossbourne School, 131 Power Street, Hawthorn

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
$40 per year membership

Contact name/s:
Liz Chung (Co-ordinator)

Telephone:
Liz: 0409 956 156

Language and Literacy Community of Practice (Perth)

The Language and Literacy Community of Practice (Perth) has been created by clinicians for clinicians, aiming to to support speech pathologists working with school-aged children (5 years +) in the areas of language and literacy. The focus of the CoP is to create a community of speech pathologists who would like to discuss, share and learn about best practice intervention and assessment in the domains of literacy, expressive language, receptive language and social skills/pragmatics.  This CoP is not for phonology, motor speech or fluency related management. 

Meetings:
12 October 2017 & 13 December 2017 - more dates TBA 
6pm-9pm

Venue:
Dyslexia SPELD Foundation, 10 Broome St, South Perth WA 6151

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
n/a

Contact name/s:
Laura GlissonTina Kilpatrick Alison Perry , Jenny Baker 

NSW Dysphagia Interest Group

The NSW Dysphagia Interest Group is a professional development forum for Speech Pathologists with an interest and/or working in the field of adult dysphagia. It is run quarterly with a schedule of presentations designed to meet the educational needs of speech pathologists who want to gain further skills in assessment and management of dysphagia across a variety of caseloads. 2016 will see a change in the format of this group with the focus to provide education sessions of a more practical nature. This will be done utilising case studies and instrumental assessment footage within specific populations to achieve learning goals.

Meetings:
Date/s: 10 May; 9 August; 8 November
Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Venue:
Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Education Centre, Concord Repatriation General Hospital

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
Gold coin donation

Contact name/s:
Nicola Clayton

Telephone:
(02) 9767 7449


NSW Preschool Interest Group

A Speech Pathology support group for clinicians interested in the preschool population.

Meetings:
Date/s: Tuesday 15 March; Tuesday 21 June; Tuesday 6 September; Tuesday 22 November 2016
(subject to change depending on venue and speaker availability
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Venue:
TBA – venues and speakers vary

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
$10 per meeting

Contact name/s:
Vani Gupta

Telephone:
0434 553 428

NSW Stuttering Interest Group

This group discusses clinical practice and latest research in stuttering. The target audience includes clinicians who treat, or plan to treat people who stutter, and researchers of stuttering. Attendees are encouraged to participate in case study group discussion.

Meetings:
Date/s: 22 March; 26 July; 22 November, 2016
Time: 12 am–1 pm

Venue:
Australian Catholic University, North Sydney; Bankstown Stuttering Unit, and the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, University of Sydney Cumberland Campus. Teleconference option available if sought.

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
N/A

Contact name/s:
Michelle Donaghy, Stacey Sheedy, Olya Ryjenko

Telephone:
MD (02) 9739 2622, SS (02) 9780 2763, OR (02) 9351 9766

Private Speech Pathologists Association of WA

Meetings:
Date/s: Meetings usually held once a month
Time:

Venue:
The University Club, University of WA

Any cost or fee (if applicable):

Contact name/s:
Penelope Cromack

Telephone:
View online

Speech Pathology Brain Injury Interest Group (SPBIIG)

The aim of the group is to provide professional support to speech pathologists working with or researching brain injury caseloads. The group will provide opportunities for discussing clinical problems, sharing of information and resources, and learning from the expertise of others.

Meetings:
Date/s: 19 March 2018 (Westmead Hospital, Sydney ); 19 June 2018 (Royal Rehabilitation Centre, Sydney); 5 September 2018 (Liverpool Hospital, Sydney); 22 November 2018 (University of Sydney, Cumberland Campus, Sydney). 
Time: 2.30 – 4.00 pm (NB. may vary between sites)
Venue: See above for dates. Various sites across metropolitan Sydney

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
None

Contact name/s:
Elise Elbourn

Telephone:
0405 076 860

Speech Pathology Email Chats (SPECS)

An international online forum for Speech Pathologists working with adults in acute, rehabilitation, palliative care, community and/or academic settings to develop a collective body of knowledge and assist with the establishment of best practice and management.

Contact name/s:
Kate Baumwol (moderator)

Other
An invitation to join can be requested via the SPECS website.

Speech Pathology Head and Neck Cancer Google Group

Speech Pathologists interested in the treatment and management of clients with head and neck cancer. Members can post questions and contribute to discussions via their email address on topics related to head and neck cancer such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, voice prosthesis management and palliative care.

Meetings:
Date/s: Online – national and international
Time:
Venue:

Any cost or fee (if applicable): Nil fee – email contact with brief description of where you work and your specific interest in Head and Neck Cancer.

Contact name/s:
Penny Stabler or Bernadette Dutton

Telephone: (07) 5687 3151 Penny Stabler

Speech Pathologists in Adult Disability

Speech Pathologists who have an interest in adult disability. This community of practice discusses topics that range from communication, behaviour as communication, dysphagia and any other topics for adults with physical and/or intellectual disability. 

Meetings:
Date/s: Meetings will be advertised through the Facebook site during the year.
Time:
Venue:

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
None

Contact name/s:
Brooke Workman and Harmony Turnbull

Telephone:
(02) 9407 7753

Speech Pathologist’s in Adult Rehabilitation (SPAR) – Victoria

Speech Pathologists interested in the assessment and management of clients in the inpatient and community rehabilitation settings.

Meetings:
Date/s: Bi-monthly presentations.
Time: Various (usually afternoons)
Venue: Various metropolitan health services (teleconferencing available at times)

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
Department $40
Individual $20
Student $20

Contact name/s:
Caitlyn Roberts
(Convenor, Barwon Health)

Telephone:
(03) 4215 5540

Speech Pathologists in Vision Impairment Network

We are a National Network of Speech Pathologists, from early career speech pathologists through to experienced clinicians, working with children and adults who have vision impairments that impact on their learning and communication. We meet quarterly to share ideas and resources, discuss research and PD attended including National and International conferences. Topics cover any area related to vision impairment as requested by the membership, including (but not limited to) cortical vision impairment, use of visual communication aids, orientation and mobility, tactile communication options, and assessment and intervention. Speakers drawn from ‘within’ or ‘beyond’ our membership present or lead the discussions. We rotate responsibility for preparing the agenda, chairing the meeting and taking minutes.

Meetings:
Date/s: Every 3 months, Wednesdays
Time: 2 pm AEST
Venue: Virtual meeting room hosted by Vision Australia

Any cost or fee (if applicable): None

Contact name/s:
Meredith Prain

Telephone: 0416 753 433

Victoria Dysphagia Interest Group (DIG)

DIG is a fantastic way of keeping up to date with current issues and developments in dysphagia, as well as giving you and/or your health network the opportunity to network and share information with others. DIG holds regular events which include presentations and forums of current areas of interest in dysphagia management. Communication of events and presentations are distributed via email to members. DIG welcomes individuals, health networks and students to become members of DIG to further enhance the community of Speech Pathologists working in dysphagia management across the continuum of care. We also welcome members from interstate and always aim to distribute presentation slides post an event for those who cannot attend in person.

Meetings:
Date/s: Varies – usually about 6 events per year
Time: Varies – usually held in the afternoon

Venue:
Various sites across metropolitan Melbourne

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
Joining fee per year ($15 student, $25 individual, $50 single site facility or $150 health network)

Contact name/s:
Adrianna Griffiths (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Meg Keage (University of Melbourne), and Kelly Belnick (Western Health)

Email group

Victorian Independent Speech Pathologists Network (VISPNet)

This group is for independent (private) practitioners and meetings focus on issues relating to running a business.

Meetings:
Date/s: Four dinner meetings per year
Time:
Venue: The Manningham Hotel, Bulleen

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
$48 (includes dinner)

Contact name/s:
Betty Mihelakos

Telephone:
(03) 9383 7733

Victorian Stuttering Interest Group (STIG)

STIG meetings focus on a specific topic related to current issues/ controversies in stuttering. Each meeting is planned and facilitated by a speech pathologist who is experienced in the field of stuttering. Attendees are expected to actively participate in meetings, and must have some knowledge or experience in stuttering assessment, treatment or research.

Meetings:
Date/s: Five meetings per year on a Monday evening. One of these meetings is open for attendance by speech pathology students.
Time: 7.30-9.30 pm
Venue: Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic, 662 Elgar Road, Box Hill North

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
A $30 contribution per attendee, per calendar year. All money collected is used to purchase thank you gifts for guest speakers and our venue host.

Contact name/s:
Elaina Kefalianos / Monique Amato Maguire

Victorian Voice Interest Group (VVIG)

Speech Pathologists interested in assessment and management of voice clients. Membership is now also open to final year speech pathology students.

Meetings:
Date/s: Tuesday 17 October
Time: 7 pm

Venue:
Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic, 662 Elgar Road, Box Hill North. (Limited parking on site, free parking on Peter Street, which is the closest side street.) The aim is to offer video conferencing at all meetings.

Topic (optional):
We have presentations from expert speech pathologists and other health professionals, review and discuss journal articles, share feedback from professional development events, problem-solve challenging client cases as a group and discuss resources and voice therapy techniques. So far in 2017, VVIG has covered topics including paradoxical vocal fold movement, timing of voice therapy and transgender voice therapy. We have had feedback from a laryngology workshop and Christina Shewell's workshop. ENT Dr Amanda Richards will present on a topic of our choice at our final meeting. Please email Nicola to find out how you can nominate your topic of interest (closing Wednesday 27 September)!.

Cost or fee if applicable:
Nil for membership. Gold coin donation for each meeting attended (for use of room, tea/coffee, etc.).

Contact name/s:
Nicola Anglin

WA Dysphagia Interest Group

DIG welcomes all practicing and student Speech Pathologists interested in the area of dysphagia across acute, rehabilitation and disability settings. DIG meetings are also accessible via videoconferencing.

Meetings:
Date/s: The first Wednesday of every second month
Time: 4- 5pm

Venue:
Joske West, 8th Floor, G Block Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hospital Avenue, NEDLANDS WA 6009

Any cost or fee (if applicable):
Nil

Contact name/s:
Belinda Morrell

Telephone:
(08) 9346 2044