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8. Diverse and dynamic workforce:

We will create, to

expand our perspectives and improve our client engagement,

a profession as diverse as the community we serve. We will

offer opportunities for long, rewarding careers, enhanced by the

support and mentorship of our peers.

The profession is aware the future never unfolds in a predictable

way. Through scenario planning, based on an understanding

of trends and drivers of change, the profession has readied

itself for a range of plausible futures. Thus, even though we can

never be certain what will eventuate, we are now able to:

• recognise, test and challenge our assumptions;

• improve the quality of shared conversations;

• build understanding of the mix of factors that may stimulate

particular types of change;

• explore and develop strategies resilient across different


• “rehearse” the circumstances in which different strategies

might be introduced;

• increase attentiveness to the early signs of change

indicating the need for a shift in strategy.

With this understanding, the speech pathology profession is

well-prepared to make this vision happen.

Speech Pathology


will shape and guide the actions of those who subscribe

to it and are motivated to bring it to reality.

2. Access for all:

We will redress inequities in service access

particularly affecting people in rural and remote communities,

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from culturally

and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who live an

itinerant life.

3. Timely services across the lifespan:

We will

provide timely access to supports for speech, language,

communication, fluency, voice, and eating and drinking

difficulties. To ensure access to advice, support or services

is available as early as possible to have maximum effect, we

will increase understanding in the community and among

our professional colleagues about the speech pathology role

and the benefits of early intervention and universal, whole-of-

population, programs.

4. Clients and communities driving service delivery:

We will ensure that

client and community aspirations, choices

and knowledge will guide our clinical practice as well as our

research, education, advocacy, capacity building, and policy

development. Clients and communities will make their own

decisions about services based on the best available evidence

and we will respond in ways that respect each person’s culture,

language, life experiences, and preferences.

5. Skilled and confident families and carers:

We will

ensure families, friends and carers have access to knowledge

and support, recognising that their needs are connected to,

but also unique and separate from, those of the client. We

will invest time to understand each family, their goals, their

strengths, their needs and their preferred ways of doing things.

6. Collaborative professional partnerships:

We will

collaborate and partner with a wide range of professionals to

deliver highly coordinated and integrated services, recognising

how important this is for clients, especially those who have

complex needs. We will coordinate with services from different

disciplines and multiple agencies and facilitate smooth

transitions for clients as their needs change or they move

through different life stages.

7. Quality services, innovation and continual pursuit

of knowledge:

We will work to rigorous, enforceable quality

and ethical standards to protect our clients and maintain

confidence in the profession. We will lead the development of

new knowledge and technologies with the potential to improve

outcomes in communication, and eating and drinking, and work

closely with those who can support us to bring new ideas to