Call for Volunteers: 2024 Speech-Language Pathology Conference Working Group

The primary objective of the 2024 Speech-Language & Audiology Canada Conference Working Group and Sub-Working Groups is to work with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) to develop the education program and all other events and activities associated with the 2024 national speech-language pathology conference.

All members must be SAC members or associates during their term on the Working Group or Sub-Working Groups.

Please note: the working language of this working group is English.

For a full description of the working group’s mandate, please see the terms of reference.

Tune into CBC Radio in Your City to Hear Julia Kennedy, (SAC Director of Audiology) or Jerri-Lee McKay (Audiologist, former SAC Board Chair) Discuss OTC Hearing Aids

Some recent changes to regulations around OTC hearing aids in the US has created some buzz in Canada.

At SAC, we feel this topic is timely and deserves attention. We feel strongly that any coverage on the subject should be based on information sourced from experts in the field.

Audiologists are the leaders in hearing health, which may or may not include OTC hearing aids. SAC advocates for equitable access to hearing health care that is individualized, safe, and effective. This requires the expertise audiologists provide at the highest level of training and quality of care.

CBC Canada approached SAC for our feedback on this important topic. This afternoon (October 21st) tune into CBC Radio in your city to hear Julia Kennedy, (SAC Director of Audiology) or Jerri-Lee McKay (Audiologist, former SAC Board Chair) discuss OTC Hearing Aids and what this could mean for Canada.

2:30pm     

 

 

NEW BRUNSWICK – Shift
Vanessa Vander Valk – Host
Twitter: @ShiftNB
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-83-shift-nb
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2:40pm

 

 

HALIFAX – Mainstreet
Jeff Douglas – Host
Twitter(show): @Mainstreethfx (Halifax Mainstreet)
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-37-mainstreet-ns
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2:50pm

 

 

CHARLOTTETOWN — Mainstreet PEI
Matt Rainnie – Host/Producer
Twitter show/host: @mattrainniecbc
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-130-mainstreet-pei
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3:07pm

 

EDMONTON – Radio Active
HOST: Jessica Ng
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-52-radio-active
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3:30pm

 

 

CALGARY — Homestretch
Host – tba
Twitter: @CBCHomestretch
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-97-the-homestretch
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3:40pm

 

 

CAPE BRETON (SYDNEY) – Mainstreet
Wendy Bergfeldt – Host/Producer
Twitter: @Mainstreet_CB
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-36-mainstreet-cape-breton
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3:50pm

 

 

WHITEHORSE – Airplay
Dave White – Host
Twitter: @yukonradiodave
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-81-airplay
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4:07pm

 

YELLOWKNIFE – Trail’s End – Host Lawrence Nayally
Twitter: @lawrence316
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-195-trail-s-end
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4:20pm

 

WINNIPEG – Up to Speed
Host – Faith Fundal
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-111-up-to-speed
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4:30pm

 

 

SASKATCHEWAN – Afternoon Edition
Garth Materie – Host
Twitter: @afternoonCBC
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-103-the-afternoon-edition-sask
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4:40pm

 

LONDON/WINDSOR – Afternoon Drive
Host: various
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-80-afternoon-drive
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4:50pm

 

 

KELOWNA – Radio West
Host: Sarah Penton
Twitter show: @cbcradiowest
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-96-radio-west
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5:20pm

 

 

VANCOUVER – On the Coast
Gloria Macarenko – Host
Twitter: @CBCOnTheCoast
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-46-on-the-coast
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5:20pm

 

 

QUEBEC CITY – Breakaway
Host: Alison Brunette
Twitter: @cbcbreakaway
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-79-breakaway
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5:50pm

 

 

TORONTO – Here and Now
Gill Deacon – Host
Twitter: @CBCHereandNow
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-82-here-and-now-toronto
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6:07pm

 

 

WHITEHORSE – Airplay
Dave White – Host
Twitter: @yukonradiodave
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-81-airplay
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6:20pm

 

 

VICTORIA – All Points West
Host – Kathryn Marlow or Rohit Joseph
Twitter: @allpointswestbc
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-93-all-points-west

Kathleen Pichora-Fuller elected into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

SAC would like to congratulate SAC member M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller on her election as a fellow for the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2021 Kathleen Pichora-Fuller was the recipient of SAC’s Eve Kassirer Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was chosen for this award in recognition to her long history of distinguished and dedicated service to both SAC and the profession of  audiology. Her work has fostered the development and advancement of audiology nationally and internationally. She is also currently the Chair of SAC’s Audiology Services in Long Term Care Working Group.

She is also joined by SAC member Susan Rvachew, who has received national and international recognition for outstanding professional achievements in the field of speech-language pathology practice and research.

Fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community. This announcement has important implications for audiology and SAC because it provides an opportunity to lead new initiatives on various policy deliberations concerning hearing in later life, including the national dementia strategy, ageism, new models of inter-professional primary health care delivery, LTC, etc.

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences brings together Canada’s top-ranked health and biomedical scientists and scholars to make a positive impact on the urgent health concerns of Canadians. The fellows have been drawn from all disciplines across our nation’s universities, healthcare and research institutes, evaluate Canada’s most complex health challenges and recommend strategic, actionable solutions.

 

Click here to learn more and see the full list of 2022 fellows.

March of Dimes Canada Tech for Impact Fund and Webinar about Unlocking Accessibility on Your Smart Devices (IOS)

Credit: March of Dimes Canada

Tech for Impact Fund

March of Dimes Canada’s Tech for Impact Fund is providing $50,000 towards purchasing and delivering mobile devices, laptops, and adaptive aids that support the independent use of accessible technology.

Eligible participants who enter our draw by October 28, 2022 will have a chance to win.

To learn more, click here

 

Webinar: Unlocking accessibility on your smart devices (IOS)

This webinar covers accessibility features on iPads and iPhones for vision, hearing, physical access and memory/cognition categories. Delivered by our team of assistive technology specialists at March of Dimes Canada.

To view the webinar, click here

 

Survey: Assessing Dysphagia Readiness in Recent S-LP Graduates

The Aging Swallow Research Lab and the Oral Health and Swallowing Research Lab are seeking speech-language pathologists who currently work with adults in Canada, to participate in a student research project titled “A Survey to Determine Readiness for Clinical Management of Adults with Dysphagia After Completing Graduate School in Canada Among Speech-Language Pathologists.” This survey is being conducted by undergraduate student Christine Lee, under the supervision of Dr. Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald from McMaster University, Dr. Rebecca Affoo and Juliana McLaren from Dalhousie University and Zuleikha Wadhwaniya from University Health Network.

The purpose of this study is to determine the readiness and competency of Canadian speech-language pathology students in clinically managing dysphagia, immediately following their graduation. We aim to recruit currently practicing speech-language pathologists, who have graduated from a Canadian program within the last 5 years (Classes of 2018-2022). We are not collecting any identifying information and only aggregate-level data (i.e., data that summarizes the results) will be made public.

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Please note, there will be no financial benefits associated with the completion of the survey.
If interested, please click here

If you have any questions about this study, please do not hesitate to contact Christine Lee via email at leec128@mcmaster.ca.
Note that this study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) under Project #15267. The HiREB is responsible for ensuring that participants are informed of the risks associated with the research, and that participants are free to decide if participation is right for them. If you have any questions about the rights of research participants, please call the Office of the Chair, HiREB, at 905.521.2100 x 42013.

 

SAC and Extended HealthCare Professionals Statement for Parliamentarians

As part of the return to Parliament, SAC alongside our coalition of Extended HealthCare Professionals released the following statement for Parliamentarians :

As Members of Parliament return to Ottawa for the House of Commons fall session, the Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) looks forward to collaborating with federal leaders and policy makers to address some of the most pressing healthcare issues facing Canadians. 

First and foremost on the agenda: Canada is in the middle of a healthcare human resource crisis. While much attention has been paid to hospital closures and access to primary health care, the issue is much broader and affects all parts of the healthcare delivery system, across the public and private sectors. EHPC members are committed to providing innovative solutions to address longstanding systemic pressures noting that current system challenges extend beyond physicians and nurses.
 
“The EHPC represents over 100,000 of Canada’s regulated healthcare professionals who are grappling with these challenges and have a crucial role to play in terms of identifying and implementing solutions,” said Ondina Love, Chair of the EHPC. The EHPC looks forward to working with key federal decision makers in the coming weeks and months to improve timely access to care and overall system performance for all Canadians.”
The four key recommendations which EHPC will be advancing this Fall are:
 
Address the health human resources crisis by investing in short and long-term retention and recruitment strategies for all healthcare practitioners. This includes expanding the Canada Student Loan Forgiveness Program, supporting provincial and territorial recruitment strategies, and expanded funding for educational institutions.
 

  • Ensure the long-term resiliency of the healthcare sector by improving the collection of workforce data to identify and understand labour trends and challenges within and across the public and private sectors.
  • Reduce the reliance on in-hospital care by improving access to preventative and early intervention interdisciplinary community-based primary care that includes the services provided by EHPC members such as Audiologists, Chiropractors, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Denturists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Social Workers.
  • Explore models that require Canadian employers to provide their employees with health and dental benefits to cover their health and wellness needs that are not covered by Canada’s public healthcare system.

 
“We encourage decision makers to broaden their understanding of Canada’s healthcare landscape and bring extended professionals into the conversation”, said Ms Love. “Addressing the many challenges facing healthcare in Canada, including the human resources crisis, will require all hands on deck, and our members offer the expertise and perspective needed to keep Canadians healthy and productive.”

Durham College CDA Program Teaching Opportunity

Durham College is seeking an experienced and motivated professional who shares our commitment to quality and student success. The Faculty of Health Sciences requires a part-time professor to teach an Introduction to Audiology course for the Communicative Disorders Assistant program in the fall semester.

Interested candidates should send a resume to Gillian Dunn Associate Dean Faculty of Health Sciences gillian.dunn@durhamcollege.ca

 

Recruiting: Speech-Language Pathologists with Experience with Speech Amplification Devices for Clients with Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department at the University at Buffalo are looking for speech-language pathologists who have experience using speech amplification devices with clients with Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism to participate in an online interview study. By “using speech amplification devices”, we mean trialling, demoing, and/or prescribing these types of devices for the treatment of speech symptoms. Specifically, this study is looking to gather information about the experiences, perceptions, and opinions of the use of speech amplification technology for people with Parkinson’s disease and/or parkinsonism. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University at Buffalo.

You are eligible to participate if you: 

1) Are currently practicing as a registered speech-language pathologist in the United States or Canada
2) Have experience assessing and treating clients with Parkinson’s disease and/or parkinsonism
3) Have ever trialed, demoed, and/or prescribed a speech/voice amplification device (example: Chattervox) for a client with Parkinson’s disease.

The interview will be conducted remotely and is expected to take 30 to 60 minutes during which a researcher will ask you questions about your experience assessing and treating clients with Parkinson’s disease/parkinsonism and your experiences using a speech amplification device. Participants will be compensated for their time.
If you are interested in participating and/or have additional questions, please email casa.lab.ub@gmail.com 

 

Speech-Language Pathology Interview Recruitment

University at Buffalo - SUNY

Researchers in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department at the University at Buffalo are looking for speech-language pathologists who have experience using speech amplification devices with clients with Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism to participate in
an online interview study. 
 

You are eligible to participate if you:
1) are currently practicing as a registered speech-language pathologist in the United States or Canada,
2) have experience assessing and treating clients with Parkinson’s disease and/or parkinsonism,
3) have ever trialed, demoed, and/or prescribed a speech/voice amplification device (example: Chattervox) to for a client with Parkinson’s disease.

 

The interview is expected to take 30 to 60 minutes during which a researcher will ask you questions about your experience assessing and treating clients with Parkinson’s disease/parkinsonism and your experiences using a speech amplification device. Compensation is available for participants. 

 

For more details, click here.

Survey: Use of the DLD Label by Francophone Speech-Language Pathologists

Do you use the DLD label in your assessment reports? There is a great deal of variability among S-LPs in the use of a specific term, a label, to identify children with persistent language impairment. Help Laurentian University understand your challenges and needs in French minority language settings nationally (outside of Quebec) by completing a survey. Please note, the survey is only available in French. 

Click here for more information and to complete the survey

 

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