Speech Pathology Week 2019

This graphic displays one of the postcards from the Speech Pathology Week kit. It displays an eye chart that reads You cannot always see communication disability.In 2019, Speech Pathology Week is 25-31 August.

Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than 1.2 million Australians who have a communication disability that impacts on their daily life.

Communication is a basic human right and Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote this fact.

Speech pathologists work to ensure everyone can communicate with confidence. It is important that the broader community understands that:

  • 1.2 million Australians live with communication disability
  • Communication disability is largely invisible. Unseen and out-of-sight
  • More confident communication helps maximise educational, health and social outcomes
  • Communication is more than just speech.

Theme

The theme for Speech Pathology Week in 2019 is: Communicating with confidence!

Social media competition 

This photograph shows a young woman holding a sign with the Speech Pathology Week 2019 logo, as a person needs to do who wants to enter the Speech Pathology Week social media competition.Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition. Congratulations to the winner, Helena Giannoukas. 

Enter the Speech Pathology Week social media competition for a chance to win a $150 eftpos voucher. It’s as simple as ABC:

  1. Take a photograph of yourself holding a print-out of the Speech Pathology Week 2019 logo (download the logo nowThis graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..
  2. Upload your photograph to any or all of the following social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn. Make sure the post is tagged with the Speech Pathology Australia handle (@speechpathaus) and the hashtag #SPweek.
  3. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Tuesday 3 September.

Campaign Kits

Orders for Speech Pathology Week kits have now closed.

Media Release template (Member-only)

A media release template is available for members to use to promote Speech Pathology Week and the week's theme: Communicating with Confidence. Download the Media Release Template This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.. (NB. A reminder to members that they need to log-in to access this file.)

Digital Campaign Materials

The Association had made a range of Speech Pathology Week campaign materials available online, including:

Speech Pathology Week 2019 logo

This graphic displays the official logo for Speech Pathology Week. It has a yellow speech bubble with the words Communicating with Confidence in blue within it. The logo also carries the words 2019 Speech Pathology Week and the week's URL.The Speech Pathology Week 2019 logo may be download in high- and low-resolution formats. The former is best for printing purposes and the latter for use online, digital (including PowerPoint) or social media purposes. Contact Speech Pathology Australia if the logo is required in another format or resolution.

Download low resolution version (jpg format)

Download high resolution version (jpg format).

Tips for successful communication*

  • Always treat the person with the communication disability with dignity and respect
  • Be welcoming and friendly
  • Understand there are many ways to communicate
  • Ask the person with the disability what will help with communication
  • Avoid loud locations, find a quiet place
  • Listen carefully
  • When you don’t understand, let them know you are having difficulty understanding
  • If you think the person has not understood, repeat what you have said or say it a different way
  • Try asking the person yes or no questions if you are having difficulty understanding them
  • Ask the person to repeat or try another approach if you don’t understand
  • To make sure you are understood, check with the person that you have understood them correctly
  • If you ask a question, wait for the person to reply
  • Allow the person time to respond, so always be patient
  • Speak directly to the person and make eye contact. (Though be mindful that there are some people who may not want you to look at them, e.g. some people with autism spectrum disorder)
  • Speak normally. There is no need for you to raise your voice or slow your speech.

*Source: Adapted from SCOPE, Communication for All Booklet, http://www.scopeaust.org.au

Speech Pathology Week in past years

For information about Speech Pathology Week in past years contact the Association.