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August, 2019 New NIHB Policy That May Impact Speech-Language Pathologists

The NIHB Program provides clients (registered First Nations and recognized Inuit) with coverage for a range of health benefits including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, dental and vision care, medical supplies and equipment, mental health counselling, and transportation to access health services not available locally.  Information about the NIHB program can be found at www.canada.ca/NIHB.

The NIHB Program is pleased to announce that, effective September 1, 2019, a recommendation or an assessment report from an SLP will be accepted for the coverage of voice prostheses (both indwelling and non-indwelling) and accessories; voice amplifiers; speaking valves; electrolarynx; and a select group of laryngectomy products.

In addition to the assessment report, SLPs are asked to ensure that the following information is provided when recommending MS&E items:

  • The client’s full name and surname, and date of birth;
  • The item being recommended, including applicable details such as make/model, size, quantity, and frequency;
  • Date of the recommendation;
  • The SLP printed name, professional designation and title, and hand-written signature;
  • The SLP provincial licence number.  If there is no provincial regulatory body in the province/territory, the SLP  should provide their membership number with another provincial college or with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC);
  • The SLP Business coordinates including phone number and email address;
  • Additional information that is specific to the benefit recommended, as per the Guide for Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefits;
  • The SLP recommendation should be dated and signed within the past 6 months.

Please refer to the attached Questions and Answers document for more information on this policy.  A list of items that SLPs can recommend can be found on the Government of Canada Website on the Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefit Lists.  Information concerning the medical supplies and equipment policies can be found on the Guide for Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefits.

FAQ English SLPs
FAQ French SLPs

Inquiries to the NIHB Program can be sent by email to NIHB-SSNA@hc-sc.gc.ca.

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July, 2018 Did You Know That Audiologists...
 

  • Must have completed 6-8 years of university level course work and practicum, leading to a Master’s degree or Doctor of Audiology degree in order be registered with SASLPA and to practice in Saskatchewan;
  • Receive extensive training in counseling and (re)habilitation;
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage individuals of any age (newborns to adults);
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage hearing disorders involving both peripheral and central pathways of hearing;
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage hyperacusis (an exaggerated response to certain sounds), and tinnitus (the perception of sound, such as ringing, buzzing, or hissing, in the ears);
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage Auditory Processing Disorders;
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage balance disorders
  • Provide services to individuals with implantable hearing devices such as cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing devices; 
  • Along with physicians and nurse practitioners, fill out and sign applications to receive the disability tax credit for hearing loss; and
  • are the only hearing professionals that some third parties will reimburse hearing services for?

Please see https://www.sac-oac.ca/sites/default/files/resources/scope_of_practice_audiology_en.pdf for more information about audiologists.

 

June, 2018: CAASPR Approves National Competencies


The Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators Approves National Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Competency Profiles

The Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR) is proud to announce that the National Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Competency Profiles, in both official languages, were approved by the CAASPR Board at their meeting in Edmonton, Alberta on April 29, 2018.

Purpose of the National Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Competency Profiles

The National Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Competency Profiles are a key component of CAASPR’s Centralization and Capacity Building Project, a project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The goal of this ambitious project is to harmonize the registration processes of audiologists and speech-language pathologists across the regulated jurisdictions in Canada to provide standardized outcomes, enhanced public safety, and improved labour mobility. Each competency profile includes a preamble to the profession as well as a set of essential competencies and their related sub-competencies. Together, the components of the competency profiles detail the professional competencies required of each clinician upon entry-to-practice in Canada, with the goal of safe and effective practice.

May, 2018: CAASPR Introduces National Entry-to-Practice Exams

Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators Introduces National Entry-to-Practice Examinations

     It is with great pride and excitement that the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR) announces an agreement with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) to develop and administer entry-to-practice examinations for the registered professions of audiology (AUD) and speech-language pathology (SLP) in Canada.

     These professions will now join the ranks of other regulated health care professions in Canada that require successful completion of a national entry-to-practice examination as a necessary, non-exemptible condition of licensure. The examinations, with an anticipated first administration in the fall of 2020, will be based on essential competency profiles recently adopted by the CAASPR Board of Directors.

To see the full document, please click here

March, 2018: Policy and Procedures Manual Revisions

The SASLPA has revised many of its policies and procedures. Please read the full document, which can be found in the Resources/Documents/Reference Documents section of the SASLPA website.

August, 2017: Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists are Regulated in Saskatchewan

Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists are regulated in Saskatchewan (The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Act, 1992)

The Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists’ (SASLPA) goal is to “license, regulate and guide the practice of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists in the interest of the public”.  

Regulating in the public interest means making sure that all Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists work with the public in a safe and ethical way.  SASLPA does this by:

  1. Setting rules for who can have a licence to work as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist.  For example, members must have at least a Master’s degree in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology;
  2. Setting rules and guidelines for the members to follow.  For example:
    1. Code of Ethics;
    2. Rules of professional conduct;
    3. Standards of practice; and
    4. Continuing competency rules.
  3. Keeping a list with the names and work information of members.  The public can ask to see this list. 
  4. Looking into complaints about members.
  5. Carrying out discipline when members do not follow the rules for ethical and safe practice.

June, 2017: AIT Replaced

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) entered into effect on July 1, 2017, replacing the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The CFTA incorporates all AIT elements requiring that workers in regulated occupations be able to work anywhere in Canada without having to undergo significant additional training, experience, examinations or assessment. For more information, including a news release, backgrounder, and technical briefing deck, please see the CFTA Announcement. If you have any questions regarding the labour mobility provisions under the CFTA contact your Labour Mobility Coordinator. In the near future, we will be updating documents on this website to reflect the CFTA.

Excerpt from the "Labour Mobility Coordinating Group" website, workersmobility.ca. More information regarding the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) can be found  here

March, 2017: Policy and Procedure Manual Updates

The SASLPA has revised many of its policies and procedures. Please read the full document, which can be found in the Resources/Documents/Reference Documents section of the SASLPA website. 

May, 2017: Lunch and Learn Webinars

Recorded webinars are available on the SASLPA website in the Members Only Section.
Ethics: recorded on February 3rd, 2017 available now.
Listening & Spoken Language Development: Working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing: March 10th, 2017 coming soon
Alternative & Augmentative Communication for Adults: April 28th, 2017, available now.

November, 2016: Mission, Vision, Values Poster

The SASLPA Mission, Vision, and Values poster was developed to increase and improve communication with the public and can be posted in any public area.The poster is available here.

September, 2015: College vs Association

What's the Difference Between a College and an Association?

 

Important Resources