Boosting the recruitment and retention of new graduate speech-language pathologists for the disability workforce

06 March 2017

New graduate speech-language pathologists (SLPs) will play an integral role in meeting the anticipated growth in demand for a highly skilled disability workforce under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Despite the promise of the NDIS for making a real difference to the lives of people living with disability in Australia, implementation will have major implications for factors known to support new graduate recruitment and retention in the disability sector. In this article, we consider how the NDIS is likely to affect (a) clinical placements in disability while at university, and (b) access to clinical supervision and continuing professional development (CPD) in the workplace, and propose strategies to address these challenges.