Dear SASLHA Member
The Inter-professional Rehabilitation Indaba (IRI) is a grouping of representatives of professional associations and other interest groups for Audiologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Orthotists & Prosthetists and Optometrists. The IRI was established due to concerns about the low profile of the Rehabilitation professions in NDOH (National Department of Health) policy documents, with the possible resultant difficulty in accessing our services by the general population, especially those in rural and underserved areas.
Two IRI meetings have been held, the first in October 2017, hosted by OTASA (Occupational Therapy Association of SA) and the second hosted by SASLHA on 18 May this year. SASLHA will also host the next meeting, in November this year, and hosting will rotate to SASP (SA Society of Physiotherapists) in 2019.
The first meeting set the scene and examined the issues and processes affecting the inclusion of Rehab in NDOH policies and some of the possible areas where the IRI could impact on these processes and issues. The second meeting confirmed who the regular stakeholders in the IRI would be: the professions named above, representatives from their professional associations, HPCSA boards, the Joint National Rehab Forum and other stakeholders, such as Rural Rehab SA (RuReSA) and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). The heads of two task teams, one to develop guidelines for an integrated comprehensive rehabilitation service within the priority programmes from primary to tertiary and specialised health care levels, and a second one to improve Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of disability and rehabilitation services, were also identified. During the second meeting a Skype conversation was held with Dr Steve Reid about the possible mandatory exit survey that the IRI would like to conduct with all Community Service therapists, linked to their registration as independent practitioners by the HPCSA.
The second meeting also determined which of the many possible activities of the IRI should be prioritised and which should be deferred until later. At the conclusion of the meeting a letter was drafted that will be sent out by the heads of the associations to Dr Yogan Pillay, the Deputy Director for Health in the NDOH, to request access to the reports by CHAI and the Health Systems Trust that detail what information about Rehab services is not available, so that the IRI can support the government in collecting this information.
Since the meeting a Memorandum of Understanding and Terms of Reference have been drafted and agreed to. The hosting association will represent the IRI for the duration of the calendar year of it hosting the Indaba, so SASLHA will represent the IRI until the end of this year.
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Dear members of Affiliated Society with the IALP,
We have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 29th Congress of Union of the European Phoniatricians to be held in Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland from 13-16.6.2018.
The congress will focus on the main four topics of our specialty: the study and treatment of voice, speech and language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. As a multidisciplinary specialty, we would like to welcome phoniatricians,speech and language pathologists, laryngologists, otorhinolaryngologists, audiologists, vocologists, acousticians, singing teachers and all those with interest in communication disorders.
Attached you can find a brochure of the congress and we hope you forward it to the members of your organization along with the website of the congress www.uep2018.com. Also, kindly find from this link the latest newsletter of the congress.
On behalf of the organizing committee,
|Ahmed Geneid||Anu Jyrkkä and Miia Ruuskanen|
|President of the congress||Secretary of the congress|