Survey: Swallowing Problems in Fibromyalgia – The Practice and Experiences of Healthcare Professionals

Credit: Trinity College Dublin

Are you currently working within one of the following professions?  

• Rheumatologist, Neurologist, Physiotherapist, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist 

Please consider taking part in our international research study: 

Ellen Carroll is a final year undergraduate Clinical Speech and Language Studies student at Trinity College Dublin. As part of her thesis, Ellen is carrying out research in the area of swallowing problems in fibromyalgia- specifically the practice and experiences of healthcare professionals (both with and without clinical experience with this population). This research study has been granted ethical approval by the Research Ethics Committee, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin 

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact:

Ellen at or her supervisor Dr. Órla Gilheaney at 


To complete the anonymous survey, click here

The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is Now Accepting Applications for the Master in Healthy Ageing and Rehabilitation Program

Credit: Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

This innovative, online learning programme focuses on interprofessional issues related to healthy ageing and rehabilitation.

You will get the knowledge and skills necessary for healthy ageing and rehabilitation practice, research and policy development from a global and interprofessional perspective. Upon completion you will be a competent scholar capable of leadership and interprofessional practice in the field.

You will learn about:

  • Globally relevant theories, practices and research in the field of healthy ageing and rehabilitation
  • Critical approaches to challenges of healthy ageing and rehabilitation locally, nationally and globally with reference to socio-cultural, economic and political contexts
  • How to collaborate in interprofessional and intersectoral teams and with various stakeholders in the field of healthy ageing and rehabilitation
  • How to use innovation, technology, and leadership in rehabilitation for shaping services and policies to address capabilities and well-being in everyday life for ageing populations globally
  • How to conduct research and use of evidence in policy and service development
  • How to direct focus to health promoting and reabling measures, ranging from older adults’ functioning and their living conditions, to the environmental contexts

Click here to learn more


Call for Study Participants – Public Health Preparedness for Older Adults with Hearing and Vision Loss by Addressing the Barriers to Health Services and Health Information During and Post COVID-19


Credit: University of Montreal

Project goal:

The study aims to explore the challenges faced by healthcare professionals and other care providers (including those who provide rehabilitation care in a team) during COVID-19 while working with older adults with combined hearing and vision loss (or dual sensory loss/DSL). We aim to identify the service delivery and training needs to provide optimal care to older adults with DSL.

To participate, you must:

  • Be either a health care professional or a care provider working with seniors (65 years and older) living with combined hearing and vision loss
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a Canadian resident
  • Be fluent in French or English
  • Have access to a reliable internet connection, via a smart phone, tablet or computer

The nature of your participation:

  • Complete an online survey (15 minutes) on the challenges faced by professionals and other care providers in providing care to older adults with combined hearing and vision loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Participate in an optional online interview (30 minutes) to elaborate on the survey responses.

Duration of participation:

A total of 15 minutes for the survey or 30 minutes if you agree to participate in the optional interview.


Virtually. The questionnaire can also be mailed or made available by phone, if you wish.

The Ethics Committee for Clinical Research (CERC) at the University of Montreal has approved this research project.

The survey deadline is November 7, 2021.

For any questions, please contact a member of the University of Montreal team:
Responsible researcher and over-manager:

Walter Wittich
School of Optometry
University of Montreal
Phone: (514) 343-7962

Postdoctoral fellow:

Atul Jaiswal
School of optometry
University of Montreal
Phone: (514) 343-6111 – 29913


NIHB Update: Unit Price Change for Cochlear Implant Rechargeable Batteries and COVID-19 Changes Extended to March 31, 2022

Credit: NIHB

As published in the Fall 2021 NIHB Newsletter, effective May 5, 2021, the unit price for rechargeable batteries for cochlear implant processors (codes 99401250 [RT] and 99401251 [LT]) has been revised. Providers are required to bill according to the manufacturer price indicated in the price file for each battery type. This information can be found on the NIHB Provider and Client Website at > provider > medical supplies and equipment > forms. These batteries continue to be covered as an open benefit i.e. no PA is required.

NIHB has also announced that temporary COVID-19 changes have been extended until March 31st, 2022. This includes coverage of delivery charges where delivery of an item is not usually a benefit (prior approval required), coverage for some services provided through tele-audiology as well as laryngectomy and tracheostomy supplies.


Study: Assessing Cognitive-Communication Skills in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Return to Work Population

Credit: Metro South Health

You are invited to take part in a study that aims to understand how to assess cognitive-communication skills in the return to work (RTW) population after Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Change in the ability to communicate is a common consequence of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). These changes can have an impact on a person’s employability. A body of evidence points to assessment and treatment processes that may better support people with cognitive-communication disability RTW. Despite this, there has been limited translation of this evidence into clinical practice. While assessing cognitive-communication earlier and developing a personalised goal driven approach is considered best practice in ABI rehabilitation, therapists do not have specific clinical tools to do this for vocational rehabilitation clients. 


This project aims to systematically understand the current knowledge base around changes in cognitive communication following ABI and the impact on vocational outcomes.  It aims to develop a clinically driven assessment resource and / or a client and employer self-assessment resource for gathering information about workplace communication needs. Once developed future areas of enquiry will look at validation and clinical use.


The research is being conducted as part of the requirements of a Clinical Fellowship, which is funded by The Hopkins Centre.  

For more information, please click here

Survey on how clinicians in different countries assess and diagnose the language skills of multilingual children

Credit: International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP)

The members of the Multilingual-Multicultural Affairs Committee of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) recently launched an international survey to find out how clinicians in different countries assess and diagnose the language skills of multilingual children.

The researchers are seeking participants with significant skills and experience in assessment of multilingual children.

Participate in the survey now.


Introducing Team Audiology!

SAC has a new Director of Audiology, Lynda Gibbons, and has recently welcomed two new members to the Audiology Team, Charlotte Douglas and Yinda Liu. They are thrilled to be part of the SAC team and look forward to supporting our members and associates.


Lynda has been working for SAC since 2014. Prior to her current position, she worked for several years as SAC’s Audiology Advisor. During that time, she assisted with the development of several audiology resources, including position papers and statements, Speech & Hearing Month materials, and the Professional Development program. Lynda completed her M.Sc. in Audiology in 2003 from Dalhousie University. She spent several years working as a clinical audiologist providing services to children and adults at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton, NB, as well as a brief time in private practice in Charlottetown, PE. She is thrilled to be taking on this new role within the association, and she really enjoys connecting with SAC members and associates.


Charlotte completed her M.Sc. in Audiology in 1988 at UBC and moved to Saskatoon where she worked in the hospital setting until opening a private practice in 2018. Over the course of her career she has been involved in program development and implementation including The Saskatchewan Cochlear Implant Program and the Saskatchewan Newborn Hearing Screening Program. Areas of special interest include early hearing detection and intervention, tinnitus and sound tolerance, central auditory processing disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Service delivery to northern/remote communities. Charlotte completed her Au.D. in 2011 through Central Michigan University. She has volunteered for audiology organizations at the provincial and national level and is actively involved in clinical teaching and mentoring of audiology students and new professionals. She looks forward to this new role as an audiology advisor with SAC.    


Yinda received her Au.D. in 2011 from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently works as a clinical audiologist at Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility. The centre is a B.C. based, multi-service, registered charity that aims to reduce communication barriers by providing access and inclusion for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Yinda provides diagnostic hearing evaluations and treatment solutions to the adult population. In addition to her clinical work, she actively participates in research initiatives at the centre. Yinda is recognized as a Clinical Assistant Professor with UBC and is committed to taking students regularly for clinical placements. She has also volunteered for the UBC Clinical Faculty Advisory Committee. Yinda provides Audiology services in English and Mandarin.


Resource for Post COVID-19 Condition (Long COVID) Guidance for Canadian Rehab and Exercise Professionals

Credit: The Interdisciplinary Long COVID Advisory Panel

The Contributors of the Interdisciplinary Long COVID Advisory Panel have released a resource entitled Rehabilitation for Clients with Post COVID-19 Condition (Long COVID): Guidance for Canadian Rehabilitation and Exercise Professionals.

The purpose of this living document is to consolidate resources that will serve to inform clinical decision making. Long COVID is an emerging health condition for which evidence is still emerging regarding the safe application of exercise.

This resource is for health care professionals who may have had clients referred to them for rehabilitation or exercise to manage the symptoms of Long COVID.

Access the resource.

If you have questions about this resource or wish to share additional resources with this group that may serve to evolve the document, please contact


Call for Volunteers: Audiologists in Long-Term Care Working Group

SAC has been engaging in advocacy regarding the role of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in long-term care and would like to have a voice in the development of national standards for long-term care.

In order to better understand and address concerns of limited audiology services in long-term care, SAC is organizing an Audiology Services in Long-Term Care Working Group.

This working group will be tasked with gathering information from each province and territory to develop a resource for effective national advocacy.
Apply now!

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2021.
For more information about this working group, please see:

Working Group Details

  • Name: Audiology Services in Long-Term Care Working Group
  • Purpose: To develop a national advocacy proposal for audiology services in long-term care.
  • Length of Term: Approximately 12-18 months
  • Number of Vacancies: At least 1 SAC member or associate from each province and territory.
  • Working Language: English
  • Deadline to Apply: September 30, 2021

For a full description of the working group’s mandate, please see the terms of reference.

Eligibility and How to Apply

If you would like to apply to serve on SAC’s Audiology Services in Long-Term Care Working Group, please ensure you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an SAC member.
  • Be available for the duration of the project.
  • Maintain your SAC membership throughout your term.

For more information about the requirements, please see the working group terms of reference.

Interested candidates should complete a Volunteer Expression of Interest Form (Word | PDF) and submit it to by September 30, 2021.


Lead Change with the UBC Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care

Credit: University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

The UBC Faculty of Medicine, in conjunction with Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, has recently launched a new certificate.

This part-time Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care was developed to support working health care professionals for the transformation to patient-centred, team-based care. Navigate the complexities of interprofessional teams, integrate and apply your skills in context, and lead change in your organization.

Apply for the January 2022 cohort.