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Speech Pathology 2030 - making futures happen

project has presented a unique opportunity to shape an

aspirational vision for the future of speech pathology in

Australia. The strength and relevance of the vision would not

have been possible without bringing together the experiences,

insights and wisdom of many people from many contexts.

We thank the clients and their family members who so

generously gave their time and shared their personal stories

so honestly and openly. Their contributions provided a strong

and clear foundation on which to build this vision. Clients who

were happy to be formally acknowledged include Virginia

Hortis (Victoria), Stephen and Tracy Ward (New South Wales),

Sean and Kate (New South Wales), Janet Waddell (New South

Wales), Geoff Johnston (South Australia), Vicki Robinson

(Victoria), Greg (New South Wales), Yarraka Bayles and Quaden

Georgetown (Queensland), Mark and Tracey (New South

Wales), Caroline and Tony (New South Wales), Wally Bak (New

South Wales), Fiona Bell (New South Wales) and Robert Hurren


We recognise the numerous speech pathologists who

shared stories highlighting practice at the cutting edge of

developments in our field. In particular we thank the speech

pathologists who contributed to the case studies included

in the following pages, including Dr Barbara Solarsh (Scope,

Communication and Inclusion and Resource Centre, Victoria),

Ms Kylie Web (Literacy and Young People’s Services, State

Library of Queensland), Ms Clare Burns (Royal Brisbane and

Women’s Hospital, Queensland Health), Professor Liz Ward

(Centre for Functioning and Health Research, Queensland

Health and School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The

University of Queensland), Dr Annie J Hill (Centre for Research

Excellence in Telehealth, School of Health and Rehabilitation

Sciences, The University of Queensland), Ms Lynell Bassett

(Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Queensland Health),

Ms Helen Sargison (Deadly Ears Program, Queensland

Health), Ms Jo Gerangue (Department for Education and Child

Development, South Australia), Ms Pamela Thuan (Mahogany

Rise Primary School, Victoria), Dr Janet Beilby (Curtin University,

Western Australia), and Ms Kylie Stothers (Indigenous Allied

Health Australia).

We also acknowledge our professional colleagues who

supported this work by sharing knowledge from a wide

range of fields across which the speech pathology profession

works. Each of you provided powerful and thought provoking

perspectives to help us understand a wider range of future

possibilities for speech pathology practice.

Many thanks to the

Speech Pathology 2030


Committee; Gaenor Dixon (SPA National President), Chyrisse

Heine (SPA Board representative), Robyn Stephen (SPA Board

representative), Gail Mulcair (SPA CEO), Trish Johnson (SPA

staff representative), Michael Kerrisk, (SPA staff representative)

and Christine Lyons (SP 2030 Project Lead). Their commitment

and desire to ensure that the project outcomes represented

the profession was greatly appreciated.

This project would not have been possible without the hard

work and expertise of the project consultants; ably led by

Gretchen Young (Project Manager and Senior Consultant) from

Young Futures; Katy O’Callaghan, Project Consultant from

Outpost Consulting and Jane Haswell, Project Assistant. The

team’s strong project management skills, attention to detail

and dedication to the project was much appreciated.

We also acknowledge the considerable support to the project

consultants and diligent planning and coordination provided by

Project Lead, Christine Lyons.

A special thanks also to the SPA National Office staff whose

“behind the scenes” work supported the smooth running of

the project.

Finally, we thank the many hundreds of speech pathologists

from across the country who brought an extraordinary amount

of energy, enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to shaping

this vision that will guide how the profession serves the

community into the long-term future.