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SPA at the United Nations

Early Career Reference Group update

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Professional Development - Webinars, workshops and online learning

Aged Care Update

The Joint Conference round-up

Professional practice - NDIS and Ask SPA about Medicare.

Ethics - Communicating with parents

Ethics mailbag

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Cover image: Professor Sharynne McLeod, Derek Munn the Director Policy and Public Affairs, Royal College of Speech Language Therapists and Speech Pathology Australia Chief Executive Office Gail Mulcair, outside the UN building in New York.


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Amazing! Well, that’s the first word written at least. I need to start my first Speak Out introduction somehow, and that word seems to start things off perfectly. It’s something I tend to say a whole load in my everyday interactions within this profession, so perhaps let’s go with that. As you flick through this issue, you might realise that it’s a bumper sized one. And I guess my challenge to you is to find a page that you couldn’t describe the content as "amazing". There’s so much going on both within and outside of the Association, that a further eight pages has had to be crammed in. And fair enough that it’s a higher page count too. After all, our membership is continuing to grow. By the time you read this, we are close to nudging past the ten thousand strong mark. It’s fantastic to read about engagement in state and territory Branch meetings, and towards the end of this issue, you’ll find several examples of initiatives in which members making a real impact in their local contexts. Branch Chairs are making sure that everyone can link into meetings, in some cases using teleconferencing across multiple sites. It’s an exciting time to join in and become connected, with both ‘Communicating with Confidence’, and ‘Book of the Year’ on the horizon. With this many colleagues, the Association’s voice continues to build in strength and volume, and you will find out about the advances SPA has recently made for the profession, particularly in the areas of aged care and disability. Having this year’s joint conference shared between NZSTA and SPA, meant close to a thousand delegates were able to come together, and discuss their ideas and innovations for the future. This year I was intrigued by increasingly varied environments in which the profession is operating, and just how challenging it actually is to enumerate the outcomes our profession generates on a daily basis. And you didn’t have to be in Brisbane to gain from the conference. Again, our reach through social media meant that we interacted with members around the world. I would like to thank the conference convenors Alison Smith and Felicity Bright, along with their respective planning committees, and of course Pamela Richards. Those 18 months of planning paid off in spectacular fashion. The Association’s professional development calendar is still in full swing, with webinars and local workshops across a range of topics. And excitingly, the new podcast series Speak Up has now launched, with bite-sized conversations making Wednesday afternoon commutes much more palatable. I arrived home a few weeks ago, invigorated by Dr Mary Claessen and Dr Sharon Smart’s discussion of their research findings. While many of us were in “post-conference-information-assembly-mode” (surely that’s a real thing), Gaenor Dixon, Belinda Hill, Professor Sharynne McLeod, and Gail Mulcair, representing Speech Pathology Australia, jetted off to the United Nations. Joining with other international voices, they were able to advance the conversation about the rights of people with communication disability on a worldwide platform. This marks an exciting step forward for the Association, and one on which we will continue to build. And speaking of which, I would like to thank Gaenor for her leadership of the Association over the past four years. The impromptu standing ovation she received at this year’s AGM is indicative of how grateful we as members are for her work in moving the Association ever forward. In this instance, actually the word amazing doesn’t quite capture the impact she has made. Do we go with inspirational instead? Answers on the back of a postcard! How like a typical speech pathologist I’m being – agonising over the exact, "right" words to use. At least I’m in good company. Together with the Board, CEO, National Office staff, the Branch Chairs and their committees, we’ll continue to move towards realising the aspirations of SP2030. And we’ll be amazing while we do it. Don’t believe we can? Keep on reading.

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were no studies that investigated articulation and phonological processes in young children with mild hearing loss prior to school entry. The proposed project draws on data collected as part of the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) study. We aim to examine the influence of age at hearing device treatment and early enrolment in speech and language intervention on development of speech production of children with MHL at 5 years and to compare this with that of peers with normal hearing. The findings will increase knowledge about the effectiveness of early treatment for improving speech production of children with MHL. Outcomes for the Queensland Registration Board Legacy Grant will be announced following completion of the ratification process.

Congratulations to the 2019 New Researcher Grant and Nadia Verrall Memorial Grant awardees. Nineteen applications for the New Researcher Grant and six for the Nadia Verrall were received. Applications spanned a wide range of areas relevant to the SPA strategic plan. All applicants are to be congratulated on their efforts to contribute to the evidence base. Following the review process, the two successful applicants for the New Researcher Grant were Alison Moorcroft (Qld) and Caroline Baker (Victoria). Artemi Vella is the recipient of the Nadia Verrall Memorial Grant. A brief description of each project is provided below. Alison Moorcroft Development of a decision aid for the introduction of AAC systems to parents of children with complex communication needs Reasons for AAC rejection and abandonment are multifaceted; however, one key contributor reported by parents of children with complex communication needs is speech language pathologists (SLPs) who did not use shared decision-making during the process of AAC introduction. Existing literature suggests that the use of decision aids (tools that provide evidence-based information about each option and scaffold decision-making) may promote family-centredness of the SLP and consequently reduce the likelihood of AAC rejection and abandonment. Therefore, this study aims to develop and pilot test a decision aid for use during the introduction of AAC systems. Caroline Baker Optimising mood and wellbeing with aphasia after stroke: a feasibility study of Prevention Intervention and Support in Mental health (Aphasia PRISM). Most people with aphasia experience negative impacts of depression and/or anxiety after stroke. However, there are many evidence-practice gaps and barriers to psychological care. Implementing an interdisciplinary framework, known as stepped psychological care, has the potential to guide collaborative practice and improve rehabilitation outcomes. This project aims to investigate the feasibility of Aphasia PRevention Intervention and Support in Mental health (Aphasia PRISM), an interdisciplinary intervention in communication support and ‘first line’ (level 1) stepped psychological care. This feasibility pre-post study will test Aphasia PRISM delivered by 5 stroke health professional dyads (n=10). Dyads will include one speech pathologist paired with a nominated other stroke health professional (e.g., psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist). Analysis will consider outcomes for both people with aphasia and health professionals. Artemi Vella Speech production of Australian children with mild hearing loss at 5 years of age: Preparing children for school Children with mild hearing loss (MHL) experience difficulties hearing soft or distant sounds, and especial difficulties when listening in noisy environments. These difficulties have far reaching consequences for communication, academic achievement and social participation. Although previous studies have reported that some school-aged children with MHL exhibited deficits in phonologic short-term memory and academic achievement, there

New Grant Announced Clinician-

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Research Grant We are delighted to announce a new research grant, offered for the first time in 2019. The grant, to a value of $30,000, will fund a project which involves a team consisting of clinician(s) and researcher(s) working in partnership to address an area which will add to the evidence-base for communication and swallowing disorders and is embedded in the clinical context. The question(s) addressed may arise from clinical practice or may extend a research study to a clinical context to provide external validity. Priority will be given to research applications that align with the Association’s Strategic Plan. Full details are available at www. speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/Clinician- Grants. Applications will close on October 21. If you have questions, please contact ebp@ speechpathologyaustralia.org.au


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Applications sought International Journal of Speech Language Pathology (IJSLP) Co-Editor Position Commencing January 2020 (with handover period from November 2019) Following six years as Editor/Co-Editor of the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology (IJSLP), Professor Kirrie Ballard will be concluding her term in December 2019. Speech Pathology Australia is now seeking Co-Editor applications from suitable candidates for a three-year term. This valuable and strategic role will continue to enhance the growth and international positioning of the Association’s journal. Working closely with the IJSLP Editor-in-Chief, Anne Whitworth (as of January 2020), Associate Editors and Executive Board, Speech Pathology Australia’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer and external publishers, the Co-Editor will assist in overseeing the direction, standard and promotion of the journal as well as ensuring high quality issues are published in accordance with policies and timelines. Applications are sought from members who have demonstrated experience and a passion for research and publications. The candidate should have achieved a higher degree, hold a rank of Associate Professor or above, experience and demonstrated skill in editing and writing, a track record of publishing research in international journals, and an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Previous experience in editing academic publications or being a member of journal editorial boards is highly desirable. An honorarium is paid to the Co-Editor (or employer if required) on an annual basis. A position description is available and applications (comprising a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, a current CV and two professional referees) are to be forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer via execassist@speechpathologyaustralia.org.au by COB Friday 27 September 2019. Enquiries can be made to the current IJSLP Editors, Professor Kirrie Ballard, via ijslp.editor@sydney.edu.au and Associate Professor Anne Whitworth, via ijslp.editor@curtin.edu.au or to Gail Mulcair, Chief Executive Officer, via gmulcair@ speechpathologyaustralia.org.au .

University accreditation is a cyclical process. It requires universities to provide evidence against the Speech Pathology Australia accreditation

ACTIVITY Timelines A timeline for the submissionof documentation andapproximate site visit date is determined betweenSpeechPathologyAustralia and theUniversity.The schedule anddue dates for document submission and site visitare detailed below andnoted inFigures 1-3. Previously accreditedprograms The site visit for accreditations of programswhich have previously beenaccreditedwill typically be in the firsthalfof acalendar year. • Documentation shouldbe received atSPANationalOffice by 30September the previous year for programsbeing visited in January-March. • Documentation shouldbe received atSPANationalOffice by 30November the previous year for programsbeing visited inApril-July. Newprograms The site visit for accreditations of qualifyingprogramswill typicallybe in the secondhalfof the calendar year , in the yearPRIOR to the first cohortgraduating. Documentation should be receivedatSPANationalOfficeby30April in the yearof the site visit. Allprograms • Theaccreditation panel isagreed and appointed. • All panelmembers sign the confidentiality agreement (seePartC). Yearsprior to enrolments **Note:Programswithmid-year intake should contactSPA to discuss alternative timelines PreviousYearsJan March AnnualReportDue Jan 31 Reportdue if formally in Qualifyingphase University contactsSPA regarding thenew program as soon as possible following Program approval University andSPA negotiatea date for the site visit the following year

Feb Accreditationof SpeechPathology Degree programs PartA Background andProcesses April June July Aug Sept Oct Nov

May • The accreditationpanelpresents their recommendations regarding theAccreditation Classification toSpeechPathologyAustralia, through theBoardManagementGroup, ina written report. • TheBoardManagementGroup ofSpeechPathologyAustralia ratifies theaccreditation panel’s recommendations to either grant fullaccreditation, to grant provisional/conditional accreditation,or not to grant accreditation providing that it is satisfied that due process, consistentwith the stated accreditation procedures hasbeen followed. • SPAnotifies theuniversity of the ratified outcome of accreditation, through the final evaluation report. Dec Jan Feb March April May June July Year1ofProgram from thewritten documentation and the site visit. • Adraft final report isprepared and sent to the university for confirmation of factual accuracy. • The university responds to the draft report • SpeechPathologyAustraliamay request a final ‘clean’electronic copy of the documentation that incorporates all changesmade during theaccreditation processand uponwhich the accreditation panelwill base its recommendation.


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standards, which is evaluated by Speech Pathology Australia Accreditors (SPAAs). Speech Pathology Australia grants accreditation to speech pathology programs that meet the prescribed accreditation standards. The standards comprise the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) and the Core Standards, which include criteria relating to Governance, Students and Curriculum. The Accreditation of Speech Pathology Programs document is 12 SpeechPathologyAustralia 2019 -Accreditation ofSpeechPathologyDegreeProgramsPARTA University preparesAccreditation Documentation Students enrol in 2 yearGEMprogram Panel determined, confidentiality agreements signed University sends accreditation documents to SPA byApril 30 AccreditationPanel receives and evaluates documents InitialEvaluation report sent to university/additional docs requested/received bySPA Site visit occurs (Sept orOct ) Panel prepareDraftReportwithin 4weeks of all post site visit documentation and requests being received byAccreditation Panel University receiveDraftReport and respond reaccuracy (within 2weeks of receipt) SPABoard review/ratify recommendation University receives final reportwith accreditation classification and any conditions noted IfUniversitywishes toAppeal decision, see *Appeals timeline University addresses any conditions Students graduatewith eligibility for membership ofSPA ifProgram hasmet accreditation standards SpeechPathologyAustralia 2019 -AccreditationofSpeechPathologyDegreeProgramsPARTA 11 • Theuniversity prepares their accreditationdocumentation.Universities should liaisewith a member of theProfessionalStandardsTeam atSPAanduse the accreditationof speech pathology degreeprograms document throughout the preparation phase. • Theuniversity submits theiraccreditation documentatin by theagreed submission date. • Theaccreditation panel reviews andevaluates the documentation. • Following review of the documentation, the panelprovidean initialevaluation report to the universityand requests further information (if required)and themeans and timelines by which this information shouldbeprovided. • Theaccreditation panel conducts a site visit to review theprogramwithin the university context.Throughdialogue, interviewand observation, thepanel triangulate the evidence • Eachprogramprovides an annual report toSpeechPathologyAustralia aspreviously described.Continued accreditation is dependent onSpeechPathologyAustralia’s review andacceptance of each program’s compliancewith the accreditation standards. • programsare tobe re-accreditedwithin five years unless otherwisedeterminedbySpeech PathologyAustralia. • Ifaccreditation is not granted, or conditionalaccreditation is awarded, the universitymay appeal the decision.

divided into three separate parts: Part A - Background and Processes Part B - Reporting Requirements and Core Standards Part C - Documents and Templates

Speech Pathology Australia appointed 16 SPAAs for the 2019-2021 term. Fourteen SPAAs attended an accreditor training forum in June, which included a presentation by the Accreditation Manager of the Australian Dental Council, as well as presentations by Dr Anne Hill and Associate Professor Sally Hewat. SPAA training forums are held annually, in addition to three video- conferenced meetings each year. A training forum for nominated university staff was held on 24 July 2019. This is an annual event and serves to ensure all Australian universities offering speech pathology programs have an opportunity to liaise face-to-face with Speech Pathology Australia staff regarding accreditation, and to discuss content with like-minded colleagues. Members with queries related to the CBOS review or accreditation should direct these to Simone Arnott, the Association’s Senior Advisor Professional Standards sarnott@speechpathologyaustralia. org.au . Revised university accreditation information and documentation is now publicly available from the Association’s website: www. speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/accreditation

Stephanie Ashworth recently joined the Professional Standards team at Speech Pathology Australia, providing administrative support for the unit in the areas of university accreditation, professional recognition, clinical guidelines and strategic projects. Steph has over 12 years’ experience in administration, having previously worked as an executive/board assistant and also in the areas of professional accreditation, continuing professional development, editing and publishing, for a not-for-profit member based association in the resources sector.


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Alice Robins Alice is a proud Yuin woman who grew up in Victoria. Alice has been a member of Speech Pathology Australia since 2016, when she joined the Association as a student member. Since 2017, Alice has demonstrated dedicated service to Speech Pathology Australia as an active member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee and the Reconciliation Action Plan Committee. Within these committees, Alice provides positive, strength-based guidance

The Board of Directors was extremely proud to present awards in the following categories at the 2019 Annual General Meeting held in Brisbane during the joint confrence. The Board’s appreciation goes to the many people who took the time to research and prepare the nominations that assist the Association in recognising some of our outstanding colleagues. Early CareerAward The Early Career award is granted by the Association to an early career- practising member in recognition of ongoing, valuable and voluntary service to the Association at either a National or Branch level. Anna Green

Anna Green is a Darwin based early career speech pathologist, employed within the Children’s Development Team. In 2018 Anna joined the Northern Territory Branch Executive to take on the challenging public affairs portfolio. Anna accepted the responsibilities related with this portfolio, with a high level of enthusiasm. The public affairs role within the Northern Territory branch has been constantly evolving to reflect the new ideas of members and ensure a presence in the community.

relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She provides an Aboriginal voice to support Speech Pathology Australia in their commitment to valuing and recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and connection to land. Alice’s roles within Speech Pathology Australia have been widely recognised within the speech pathology and broader health communities. Alice is committed to the Speech Pathology Australia reconciliation journey, having been quoted as saying: “They are my people and if I don’t make a difference, who will? Aboriginal people helping other Aboriginal people makes a huge difference and ensures better health outcomes”. Alice is passionate about improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This includes increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health care, providing culturally safe and responsive services, and ensuring identified community needs are met. Service to the Association Award The Service to the Association award is granted by the Association to members in recognition of ongoing, valuable and voluntary service to the Association at either a National or Branch level. In 2019 the Association recognised two highly deserving members of

During her time on the public affairs portfolio, Anna was involved in coordinating the Branch’s participation in the Northern Territory Careers Expo, ‘Smile-A-Mile’ and ‘Fun bus’ initiatives. In addition, Anna prepared a submission to the historical deck chair cinema, presented to members of the Preschool Teachers Association of the Northern Territory and contributed to the Branch Annual General Meeting planning and presentation. In 2019, Anna has taken on a new challenge in the form of the Northern Territory Branch Continuing Professional Development portfolio. This is a position which Anna has embraced with energy, arranging three professional development events in a short timeframe, while supporting the new public affairs representatives. The time, care and skill with which Anna has pursued her volunteer responsibilities, in addition to being a regular attendee and contributor to Branch meetings, Annual General Meetings and planning events is exemplary.

the Association. Erin Coonan Erin Coonan has demonstrated dedicated and significantly productive service to Speech Pathology Australia as a member of the Northern Territory Branch Executive for the past seven years. Within the relatively small speech pathology community based in Darwin, Erin consistently steps up to organise Speech Pathology Australia events and meetings, as well as generate enthusiasm around the profession and the unique contextual practices.


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Professor Kirrie Ballard Professor Kirrie Ballard first qualified as a speech-language pathologist at the University of Queensland in 1983 and spent the first ten years of her career in paediatrics. When she moved to the United States, Kirrie was required to repeat her clinical training, completing a Masters in Speech Language Pathology in 1994 at the prestigious Northwestern University. Kirrie stayed on to complete her PhD in 1997, investigating the efficacy of linguistically grounded intervention

During her time on the Northern Territory Branch Executive, Erin has contributed in a number of roles including Branch Speak Out and e-News Editor, Book of the Year Judge, Branch Continuing Professional Development Portfolio Coordinator, Branch Vice President and most recently Branch Chair. While undertaking her role as Branch Chair with energy and a high level of professionalism, Erin also provides mentoring support to eight members recently appointed to the Branch Executive. In 2019 alone, Erin has coordinated a highly successful advocacy planning workshop and member engagement event. Erin serves as an exemplary representative of the Association, bringing energy, creativity and intelligence to her various roles.

for syntactic deficits in Broca’s aphasia after stroke. Kirrie was then awarded a NIH funded post doctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa, where she began to study treatment of acquired apraxia of speech after stroke and shifted her attention to learning about speech motor control and principles of motor learning. Kirrie has been well funded for her research through funding agencies in Australia, America and Qatar. In 2012 she was awarded a prestigious four year ARC Future Fellowship to focus exclusively on her research into speech motor control and disorders, working with Professor Frank Guenther at Boston University. Kirrie has in excess of 95 peer reviewed journal articles, well over 100 conference presentations, and in the past five years has been invited to give seven keynote lectures. Kirrie was elected as only the second Australian to serve as Program Chair for the International Conference on Motor Speech, the leading conference in the field. Kirrie’s unwavering commitment to instilling a passion for life long learning is evident in both her clinical and research teaching. Kirrie has taught at a University level for 19 years, including serving six years as Course Coordinator for the Graduate Entry Masters program at the University of Sydney and three years as Head of Discipline. She is currently primary supervisor for five PhD students, two research masters and two honours students and auxiliary supervisor for a further five higher degree students. Kirrie has been an editor of IJSLP for the past six years, introducing a number of innovations to grow the quality of submissions and published works and expanding the editorial team to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape of scholarly publishing. Kirrie is well-regarded for her mentorship of both the editorial team and junior researchers.

Jenny Moody Jenny Moody is a long-standing member of Speech Pathology Australia, having joined soon after graduating. Commencing work as a speech pathologist in the Education Department of South Australia in 1980, Jenny has progressed into senior roles and currently holds the role of Channel Manager, influencing policy development and implementation at the highest levels of the department. Jenny has had extensive and consistent involvement in the

activities of the Association at both a Branch and National level. Jenny commenced on the South Australian Branch, volunteering within the Practice, Workplace and Government Portfolio, before becoming the South Australian Branch Portfolio Leader. In 2009 Jenny was appointed to the Board of Directors as National Councillor, holding joint responsibility for the Practice, Workplace and Government Portfolio, before being elected in 2011 to the office bearing role of Vice President Operations. Jenny undertook these roles with her high level of commitment, always dealing with issues in a timely manner and supporting less experienced Councillors as a leader and mentor, whilst also maintaining her links with the State Branch. Following her retirement from the Board of Directors, Jenny continued to have an active role within the Branch, again leading the Practice, Workplace and Government Portfolio. While Jenny stepped down from this role in 2018, she continues to be involved with this group, consistently attending Branch meetings, and contributing to publications, including Speak Out and e-News. Jenny has been an exemplary member of the profession and the Association. She continues to work collaboratively with staff and members of the Association, as well as external stakeholders, particularly in the field of Education and its links with Health, Disability and private practice. Jenny works across metropolitan and country regions and has a great understanding of issues relevant to both. Jenny continues to work hard to represent and advocate for the needs of the Association, its members and clients. Fellowship Fellowship of Speech Pathology Australia is one of the highest public professional honours the Association awards to a member demonstrating outstanding, significant and sustained contribution to the speech pathology profession. In 2019 the Association is proud to bestow Fellowship on four very worthy members.

Dr R Elisabeth Harrison Dr R Elisabeth (Lis) Harrison has made a substantial, varied and sustained contribution to speech pathology in Australia since entering the profession in 1986. As one of the creators of the Lidcombe program treatment for early childhood stuttering, Lis has been a leading figure in the development of its evidence-base, and in facilitating the program’s use in speech pathology

clinical practice worldwide. Lis was awarded a PhD in 2003 for a project exploring the components of the Lidcombe program that mediate treatment effects.

Alongside her sustained work on the Lidcombe program, Lis has generated new knowledge about the measurement of stuttering, the interaction between phonological development, phonological disorders, stuttering and responsiveness to treatment, the relationships between personality, mental health conditions and stuttering and the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological bases of stuttering.


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Barbara is a highly committed speech pathologist with a distinguished career of service to both her profession and to Speech Pathology Australia. She brings integrity, energy and generosity of spirit that has earnt her both respect and admiration. Barbara has demonstrated great skill in managerial roles which have impacted speech pathology services to preschool and school aged children, in South Australia. She has also championed life long professional learning at both a local and national level, through a range of roles and activities for Speech Pathology Australia. Barbara is known as a collaborator, an outstanding advocate for the profession and a strategic leader.

Lis’ successful applications for funding have enabled projects, provided research infrastructure and supported aligned learning activities. She has a long track record of publishing in high quality high impact journals in speech pathology, communication disorders, linguistics and psychology. Lis’ publications have received over 600 citations. Lis has been an invited speaker to prominent research forums worldwide, including the ASHA Annual Convention and the World Congress on Fluency Disorders. Lis is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, teaching in the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program and conducting research on the nature, assessment and treatment of stuttering. Lis was the Program Director of the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program between 2009 and 2017. Lis has been involved in the accreditation of speech pathology professional-entry degree programs, since 2007, acting as Panel Chair for the accreditation of several programs. In addition to her accreditation activities, Lis has been an invited advisor and examiner for professional- entry speech pathology education programs at three individual universities. Dr Elisabeth Harrison has made a unique and profoundly meaningful contribution to speech pathology in Australia as her career has developed over the past 40 years. Her achievements as a researcher, as a clinician, as an educator, and as an accreditor are compelling. Barbara Lyndon

Professor Patricia McCabe Professor Patricia (Tricia) McCabe has made a sustained and outstanding contribution to Speech Pathology Australia, the education of speech pathologists and progression of the evidence base for speech pathology practice in childhood motor speech disorders. Achieved through world class research, clinical practice and her mentoring and development of speech pathology academics and clinicians. Tricia’s contribution to the Speech Pathology community, both in

Australia and internationally is demonstrated through her sustained commitment and active participation. Tricia embodies the values of Speech Pathology Australia nat a national level and through her ongoing involvement in the NSW branch. In particular, Tricia’s leadership in the areas of University accreditation and Scientific Affairs have been outstanding. Tricia is an internationally renowned leader in the area of Childhood Apraxia of Speech and her foundational and continued research in this area has transformed current diagnostic and treatment processes. Her commitment to the translation of her research is demonstrated through the development and delivery of her freely accessible ReST treatment website, which is utilised by speech pathology communities across the globe and through her commitment to providing education, mentoring, coaching and support for clinicians and students to facilitate them to provide evidenced based services to the community. Tricia is deeply committed to ensuring the communities served by Speech Pathologists, and in particular, those children with CAS are provided with culturally appropriate services that reflect the best use of evidence, and she models these values in her practice, research and teaching. Across an extensive research career, Tricia has 84 career publications including 8 books and book chapters, 63 peer reviewed journal articles with 12 as first author, 6 conference proceedings papers and 7 published conference abstracts. Her contribution to research has spanned a range of speech pathology practice areas, including child and adult motor speech disorders, voice, and the translation of evidence based practice. Tricia was invited to present the prestigious 2017 Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award Lecture. The topic of her lecture and the companion article that was published in the 2018 special conference issue of IJSLP was ‘How do we change our clinical practice?’, which explored themes about behaviour and practice change including exemplars of effective and ineffective research translation in our profession. In line with Tricia’s commitment to evidence translation, she has been a member of the SpeechBITE board since 2008, a project initially funded by Speech Pathology Australia and has additionally led research to demonstrate the efficacy of the database in clinical practice.

Barbara Lyndon has been a long-term and contributing member of Speech Pathology Australia, having held a variety of roles since 1984, including Branch Chair, Branch Secretary, Branch Continuing Professional Development Portfolio Leader and National Conference Convenor for two Speech Pathology Australia National Conferences, including the highly successful 2018 National Conference. Most recently, Barbara was appointed to the Professional Standards

Advisory Committee, providing advice on a number of vital strategic areas including the CBOS review, practice documents and eligibility assessment. Barbara is currently the Principal Speech Pathologist in the Department of Education in South Australia. She has held various titles since her appointment to Senior Speech Pathologist in 1987, but always in a position of clinical seniority. Barbara is committed to life-long learning and instilling this in others, consistently fostering professional development opportunities for junior and senior clinicians in her agency. Since taking up her position in the State Office of the Department of Education in 2004, Barbara has increased the number of student placements offered by the department by supporting clinicians, through the development and delivery of tutorial packages to students on placement. This has made the student’s experiences more consistent and lightened the load on individual clinical educators. Barbara has always championed the role of the speech pathologist being a collaborator with principals and teachers, and she has pioneered the way for South Australian speech pathologists to start conversations with other professionals, and develop programs and resources across all tiers of intervention.


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topics, including broad areas of voice, transsexual issues, teacher and occupational voice disorders. Professor Oates has written and co-authored book chapters in the areas of voice and communication therapy, transsexualism, international perspectives on voice disorders and evidence based practice. She has co-authored numerous research articles in national and international publications and has been an invited editor for special journal issues. Jenni has been awarded significant research grants by several funding bodies, including the Australian Research Council, in areas including transsexual voice training, voice care for teachers, voice disorders in children, voice analysis, laryngeal function and laryngectomee. Outside of the university Jenni has been Honorary Speech Pathologist in the ENT Voice Clinic at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Speech Pathology Practitioner and Co-Director at the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre. Jenni has initiated and developed online voice care programs. She has raised public awareness of Speech Pathology particularly in areas of voice, laryngectomy and transgender issues through presentations at conferences and in-services in associated professions, including teachers, actors, singers and others at the Victorian College of the Arts. Jenni has promoted the needs and rights of the transgender community at local, national and international levels. With the many professional hats Jenni has worn over the past four decades, and continues to wear, she is a true ambassador for the profession. Professor Deborah Theodoros

Tricia has demonstrated sustained excellence and impact through educational leadership and teaching of speech pathology students spanning two decades. Her Discipline and Course leadership has provided strong governance and developed the skills of her teaching and research teams. Tricia’s several national, university and faculty teaching awards demonstrate both her outstanding skills in curriculum development and teaching, and the esteem with which these skills are viewed. Life Membership LIFE MEMBERSHIP IS THE HIGHEST PUBLIC PROFESSIONAL HONOUR THE ASSOCIATION AWARDS TO MEMBERS AND IS AWARDED TO SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTED SERVICE TO THE ASSOCIATION AND PROFESSION OVER MANY YEARS. In 2019 the Association was proud to award Life Membership to two exceptional members of the Association. Professor Jennifer Oates Professor Jennifer (Jenni)

Oates has been a member of Speech Pathology Australia for more than forty-two years and has demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment, dedication and contribution to the speech pathology profession since graduating as a speech pathologist in 1976. From the inception of her professional career Jenni has been a clinician and an academic educator. With her dedication to learning and research, her reputation as a teacher has grown exponentially.

Graduating as a speech pathologist in 1973 and completing her Honours in Audiology in 1974, Professor Deborah (Deb) Theodoros joined as a member of Speech Pathology Australia in 1977 and has held consistent membership for over forty years. Following almost 20 years working in clinical roles, Deb returned to academic study in the late 80s completing her Doctor of Philosophy in 1994.

Professor Oates has had extensive involvement in managing health and education services at LaTrobe University. Since commencing as a Senior Tutor in the School of Communication Disorders in 1982, Jenni has held several diverse academic roles, including Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, School Graduate Research Coordinator, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Deputy Chair – LaTrobe University Higher Degrees by Research Committee, Chair of the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee and Head of the School of Human Communication Sciences. Jenni is currently Professor and Head of the Discipline of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. It is a bold but true statement to say that almost every speech pathologist trained in Victoria since 1978 knows Jenni. She was instrumental in establishing voice and transgender clinics at La Trobe University and the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre. Her work within and across faculties has benefited Speech Pathology Students and clients. Internationally, Professor Oates has been an Invited Faculty Opponent for doctoral theses in both Finland and Sweden and has maintained relationships as Adjunct Professor in Speech Language Therapy at the University of New Zealand. Jenni’s extensive conference presentations, invited papers, invited plenary papers and keynote addresses cover a very wide range of

Since this time, Deb has made numerous outstanding contributions to the evidence-base of the profession and is recognised globally as a research leader. Professor Theodoros has published prolifically over the past 25 years, amassing three text books in areas of speech pathology practice, 38 text book chapters relating to various assessment, management and service delivery models in speech pathology practice, and published more than 140 refereed journal articles in leading journals. Deb has an established program of research across two distinct but intersecting areas, “The management of motor speech and voice disorders, involving the use of intensive treatment protocols” and, “The development and validation of telerehabilitation applications in speech pathology.” The global standing of Professor Theodoros is supported by numerous research metrics. Deb is recognised within research databases to be the leading speech pathology researcher in the world in the area of telerehabilitation, based on number of publications. According to the Web of Knowledge Citation database, six of her articles are represented in the top ten most cited articles for “telerehabilitation and Speech


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was also instrumental in leading the development of simulated learning activities within the curriculum at the University of Queensland. Deb’s encouragement of other staff to embed simulation has ensured that simulation has become an important component of academic training in speech pathology. Professor Theodoros was the Head of Speech Pathology at The University of Queensland for a decade, from 2004 to 2014. Deb served as National President of Speech Pathology Australia between 2013 and 2015. During this time she was actively involved in the National inquiry into the prevalence of different types of speech, language and communication disorders and speech pathology services in Australia. Professor Theodoros is currently the Director of the RECOVER Injury Research Centre, within the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science at The University of Queensland. She is co-founder and co-director of the multidisciplinary Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland and holds a leadership role in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth. Deb also serves on the Research Advisory Committee for the Machado-Joseph Disease Foundation and is a strong supporter of the team within Parkinson’s Queensland. Professor Deborah Theodoros has dedicated her career to improving speech pathology services, speech pathology training and professional leadership, while being an active patient advocate. Do you want to be involved in the awards process? Nominations are now being called for the Association’s Fellowship and Awards Committee The Fellowship and Awards Committee comprises seven members including the Vice President Communications, three Speech Pathology Australia Esteemed (Life or Fellow) members and three Ordinary Voting Members, who are appointed by the Board of Directors for a three year term. The Committee’s purpose is to review award applications and make recommendations to the Board, as well as to promote Speech Pathology Australia’s awards to members. The Committee generally meets two or three times per year via teleconference. Nominations for the Fellowship and Awards Committee are sought frommembers who have considerable experience, over a period of time in the profession, through such avenues as clinical practice and leadership, clinical education and supervision and/or academic teaching. The consent of the person who is being nominated must be obtained before the nomination is submitted. Each nominee should include a current CV detailing their professional qualifications and experience.

Pathology”. Deb’s work has been cited a total of 2,132 times, averaging over 200 citations per year. Deb is dedicated to disseminating her research globally, with her research presented at more than 170 international and national conferences. She has been the invited speaker or keynote speaker at more than 40 national and international conferences. Professor Theodoros has received a career total of $11 million in competitive grant funding, with these grants achieved through the highest level of competitive funding, as well as through key government funding initiatives. Deb has been awarded eight NHMRC project grants, receiving the first in telerehabilitation. In 2013 she led a team of University of Queensland telehealth researchers in a successful tender for a National Broadband Network Telehealth Enabled Pilot Project. Professor Theodoros has contributed to the development of a multi-media videoconferencing system, eHAB® for rehabilitation consultations, specifically speech pathology services, within the home. Although her work in rehabilitation for dysarthia and neurodegenerative disorders has been significant, it is the research impact of her work in telerehabilitation that will be the most significant legacy of Deb’s work. Her research has impacted significantly on telehealth policy by providing much of the evidence to support the implementation of telerehabilitation in speech pathology. Over the course of 25 years working in academic roles, Professor Theodoros has demonstrated the highest standards in academic education and training. In her role as a university educator, Deb was responsible for introducing a number of new initiatives into the speech pathology program within the University of Queensland. In 2000, she was one of the first teaching staff within the faculty to introduce online learning modules, incorporating case examples and multimedia. She Looking to SELL Your Speech Pathology Practice or have it VALUED and don’t know where to start? We value, market and sell Speech Pathology practices everyday. We’ll be with you through the entire process from valuation to settlement! Call one of our expert team today for a FREE market appraisal! Healthcare Practice Sales has been selling Allied Healthcare practices and clinics exclusively for over 8 years. Our dedicated sales team focus on the needs of our healthcare clients. We take the hard work and stress out of selling your practice so you can focus on what you do best – working in your practice. Let us sell your practice for the best price with minimal involvement from you.

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