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New Speech Pathologist Standards in Australia

Published: 28 Aug 2020 Tagged: SLPspeech language pathologistspeech pathologistSpeech Pathology AustraliaSpeech Pathology Week 2019Speech Pathology Week 2020standards
New Speech Pathologist Standards in Australia

The Speech Pathology Week 2020 is reaching its end on August 29th, after a whole week of debates, rewards and presentation of innovations for the improvement of speech and language pathologists’ practices, which will cause very positive outcomes to people receiving SLP therapy sessions.

The most important event during the Week was the release of the new Professional Standards for Speech Pathologist in Australia, which will take effect from January 1st 2021 on. The new Standards present the following highlights:

  • The increased effort from Speech Pathology Australia to support services and initiatives which respect and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders’ languages and cultures. Traditional English will not be used to suppress local languages and dialects, cherishing communities’ traditions while speech and language pathologies are treated with professionalism and respect.
  • The expected skills and knowledge for a Speech and Language Pathologist to have in order to provide an effective and standardised service.
  • The new organisation of role and responsibilities of Speech and Language Pathologists, divided in Domains, Standards and Elements for better identification of areas to develop the SLPs’ capabilities.
  • The importance in using the new Standards along with relevant legislation, Speech Pathology Australia policies and the Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics.

If you want to read the entire document, you can simply click here and visit the page from Speech Pathology Australia which explains the entirety of the Standards.

All the Speakable Team is studying the new Standards to be in line with them even before 2021, just contact us to see how we can help you solve any speech and language pathology needs!

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