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Call for Papers for the ‘Conference on Communication Disabilities in East Africa’: July 2018

Conference on Communication Disabilities in East Africa:

Collaborative Service Development

12th-13th July 2018

This 2 day conference is being hosted by Yellow House Health and Outreach Services, in Collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Toronto.

 

Yellow House has been providing speech and language therapy services in Kenya for nearly 10 years. Our services are based on a community model of social inclusion with a focus on collaborative practices. This includes the collaboration of patients, carers, Community Chiefs, health and education professionals as a necessity to do the work we do.

 

We believe it is crucial for people to have a platform to share their knowledge. We invite you to share your stories of providing or receiving speech language therapy, education and/or disability services through collaboration, including the challenges and successes of your practice.

 

Our conference aims to provide professionals, patients and carers with an opportunity to develop new skills, consider varied methods of service delivery and network with like-minded individuals.

 

Please send us your 150 word abstracts to present at the conference. The presentations will be informal, facilitate discussion and enable time for problem solving.

We are also accepting Poster submissions – please contact us for more information.

 

Possible themes:

  1. Interdisciplinary practice – Collaboration across the professions
  2. Empowering people with disabilities – Collaborating with families and clients
  3. Collaborative community partnerships to strengthen services
  4. Global Collaboration – learning across cultural contexts
  5. Collaboration to create change – partnering with government at district and national levels.

 

It is a challenge for Speech and Language Therapists and other allied health and education professionals to access Clinical Professional Development (CPD) in East Africa. If you are interested in providing a 1 hour CPD workshop on your area of expertise/a strategy or intervention you have experience in, then please send a brief overview.

 

Important Dates:

 

Abstract and Poster Submissions Deadline: Friday 4th May 2018

Early Bird Fee Registration: 1st May 2018

Final Registration Deadline: 30th June 2018

 

Please send all submissions and enquiries to conference@yellowhouseoutreach.org

 

 

 

Working in Less Resourced Settings: new updated guide available

In a continuing collaboration between CTI, ADAPT and OT Frontiers, the new guide for allied health professionals working in less resourced settings has been published. It provides an invaluable guide for those thinking about or currently working overseas.

The guide is available to download as a pdf here and you can also download each section individually if you visit our Resources page.

Hard copies are also available for £8.50 plus postage – please contact us if you would like to order a copy.

Many thanks to all those who were involved with the project to update this guide!

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3 week volunteer SLT supervisor role in Ghana: January 2018

Ghana ma wo Akwaaba! Ghana welcomes you!

The University of Ghana, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences is one of a handful of African universities offering training in Speech and Language Therapy. The programme commenced in 2016, supported by a small local SLT faculty. It aims to dramatically increase rehabilitation services for people with communication and swallowing difficulties in the region.

The university is seeking three experienced Speech and Language Therapists with skills in clinical supervision of students in paediatric settings who may be willing to volunteer their time to assist with clinical education.

Volunteers would need to be available to commit for three weeks, from JANUARY 15 – 2 FEBRUARY 2018.

The position is voluntary and involves:
• Short term visit to Ghana (approximately 3 weeks) to work collaboratively with a nominated local speech and language therapist to offer clinical supervision in a community placement in Accra. Conditions are as follows:

  • All positions are voluntary (i.e. the University of Ghana cannot pay a salary)
  • Fixed funding is available to support living expenses while in country – basic guesthouse accommodation, local meals, ground transport, local calls etc.
  • Funding is available to reimburse a fixed amount for vaccinations, health/travel insurance and visa costs.
  • Funding for airfares is not available

A document containing more information is available here..

Personal Qualities:

We seek SLTs who are practical, enthusiastic, resilient, and flexible…. and who love a challenge. We are particularly interested in people who have experience working in cultures which are not their own.

If you have an interest in supporting development of speech and language therapy services for people with communication and swallowing disabilities in Ghana and feel that you may have relevant skills and qualities to offer, our team would be delighted to talk with you. Please send a brief summary of your experience and interests with a copy of your CV to publichealth.slt@gmail.com.

The University of Ghana, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). The DAP has provided grant funding to support living expenses of international volunteers to our programme.