Fri, 18 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.
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Wed, 20 Jun 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.
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Wed, 7 Aug 2019
Important announcement from the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program
New NIHB policy that may impact Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP)
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.
Inquiries to the NIHB Program can be sent by email to NIHB-SSNA@hc-sc.gc.ca.