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Standing Committees

  • Conference Planning Committee: This committee plans, organizes, and manages the annual NLASLPA Conference held in the fall of each year.
  • Education Committee: This committee addresses the educational needs of the membership.
  • Newsletter Committee: This committee electronically publishes and distributes the NLASLPA Signal- NLASLPA’s professional newsletter.
  • Public Relations Committee: This committee increases the visibility of the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, promotes the understanding of communication disorders to the general public and related professions, provides information to the NLASLPA membership, and maintains NLASLPA’s website and social media accounts.

Non-Executive Positions

  • Membership Coordinator: The Membership Coordinator facilitates professional membership with NLASLPA
  • Policies and Procedures Liaison: The position holder assists the Executive team to develop and organize NLASLPA's policies and procedures

Special Interest Groups

  • Cochlear Implant
  • Autism 
  • Job Evaluation System (JES) 
  • Audiology 

Advocacy

NLASLPA is dedicated to advocating for its professionals, as well as the public. NLASLPA works to ensure professionals are adequately supported, and believes that individuals who require services should be able to access them in a timely fashion.

Here is some information in NLASLPA’s most current advocacy work:

  • Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC):  Clients in Newfoundland and Labrador were not eligible to receive a Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC) for Speech-Language Pathologist and/or Audiology services.  NLASLPA advocated on behalf of the membership that our professionals be qualified as medical practitioners so that our services may be eligible for METC.  As of February 2015, Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologists have been added to the list of authorized medical practitioners and our clients are now able to receive a tax credit.
     
  • Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes: NLASLPA completed a submission to the task force in March 2017. Click here for more details. Click here to view the submission. 
     
  • Job Evaluation System (JES):  The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador introduced a new job evaluation system for unionized positions to determine “the relative value of jobs” (Click here for more information on the Job Evaluation Project).  Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologists (AUDs) were “red-circled” under this new system.  NLASLPA advocates on behalf of its members to government regarding the negative impact of the JES on SLPs and AUDs.
     
  • Meeting with the Minister of Health: In July 2016, members of the executive team met with representatives from the Department of Health. This meeting came from two letters written by NLASLPA, one being in response to Dr. Haggie’s comments during a February 2016 CBC radio interview, as well as a letter completed by the Adult Cochlear Implant SIG. At this meeting, we highlighted the following key issues:

·        2016 CBC Interview/ Pediatric Wait Times and Access to Service

·        Job Evaluation System (JES)

·        SLPs in Long Term Care

·        Adult Outpatient Wait Times

·        SLP Role with Autism Services

·        Disparity in Support for Adult Cochlear Implant Users

·        Provincial Newborn Hearing Screening Program

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