A critical piece of SAC’s strategic plan is to advocate on behalf of our professions. SAC is actively involved in a number of advocacy and government relations’ activities to ensure that the unified voice of communication health professionals is considered as part of public policy discussion/decision-making both for the health and wellbeing of Canadians and for the benefit of practice and education in speech-language therapy and audiology.
Pre-Budget Submissions is an opportunity for the SAC to participate in pre-budget consultations with an aim to influence federal spending towards programs and priorities related to the work of our profession.
SAC participates in public consultations on government studies, programs, research etc. Our participation may include appearances at the federal health committee, federal standards, and federal studies.
That the government establish a fund to assist speech-language pathologists and audiologists working in private practice to expand their use of virtual care, access personal protective equipment and adapt to provincial and territorial health protocols. This includes reconfiguring office space in order to continue to provide services to their patients/clients and respond to emerging pressures from COVID-19.
Speech, language, communication, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders are prevalent in people with dementia. As such, speech-language pathologists and audiologists are integral to achieving optimal care and quality of life for people with dementia and, in turn, their families and caregivers. This submission provides evidence-informed recommendations from the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology to help address the needs of Canadians with dementia and the formulation of a National Dementia Strategy.
Our recommendations are based on the needs of Canadians with dementia as identified in the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s 2016 report, Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia Friendly Communities.