About the Association

The ASLP was launched in 1985 and was immediately recognised as a professional association by the Federation of Professional Bodies, now Malta Federation of Professional Associations (MFPA). It is also registered with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations (VO / 0301) and in line with the Voluntary Organisations Act (Act XXII of 2007).

It is a recognised professional association of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in Malta. It is the only professional body, which brings together qualified SLPs in Malta and students studying to qualify in the field of Communication Therapy.

The ASLP provides a forum for members to meet, share knowledge and develop professionally. It is a vehicle through which professional views can be disseminated to other organisations and public institutions. ASLP also creates opportunities to raise public awareness regarding Speech-Language Pathology.

It was set up with four main aims which are still valid today:

  • Safeguarding the profession
  • Safeguarding the professional code of ethics
  • Keeping up with standards and current developments
  • Creating public awareness

The first committee was made up of almost all the Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in Malta, at that time, referred to as Speech Therapists. Over the years, as the number of qualified SLPs increased, the association has kept growing and developing to meet current challenges.

Our Mission

The mission of the Association of Speech-Language Pathologists Malta (ASLP) is to promote the profession and ensure highest quality services through safe guarding the code of ethics, updating professional standards and creating opportunities for continuous professional development.

It is a vehicle through which professional views can be disseminated to other organisations and public institutions. It creates opportunities to raise public awareness regarding Speech-Language Pathology.

Our Vision

To Promote
the interests of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) by providing a voice locally amongst other recognised professional organisations, public institutions and general public
To Raise Awareness
on areas related to the profession and individuals with communication and eating or drinking difficulties to ensure optimum and timely care
To Safeguard
the code of ethics, to protect professionals and public as well as professional standards in line with current developments and professional practice through the use of evidence-based practice
To Encourage
continuous professional development of members by providing opportunities allowed, given financial, infrastructural and human resource limitations as well as international relations to keep professionals in line with global standards
To Build
a sustainable, member-focused, organisation with the capacity to deliver our mission effectively and efficiently

The Association Committee

All members of the association shall be eligible for election as officials. The officials are elected during the Annual General Meeting by a vote amongst the members present. For the purpose of voting on all matters during the general meeting, each full-member is entitled to one vote. All full members and student members will be entitled to participate in the debate. Student members do not possess any voting power.

Affiliations

MHN

Malta Health Network

mhn_logoASLP an affiliated member of the Malta Health Network (MHN). MHN represents the interests of patients and community health in Malta, in the European Union and internationally. The aim of MHN is to focus on the empowerment of best practice among health-related NGOs, health-related non-profit organizations and patient representation groups while striving to develop better coordination, collaboration and capacity building among these organisations.

MFPA

Malta Federation of Professional Associations

mfpa_logoASLP is also an affiliated member of the Malta Federation of Professional Associations (MFPA). MFPA constantly works to create the right atmosphere in which different professions can meet and develop an inter-disciplinary approach to their work by organizing different activities.

IALP

International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics

ialp_logoASLP is an affiliated to the International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics. IALP aims to enable better understanding, knowledge and care of those with communication, swallowing and hearing disorders. It is the mission of IALP to strive in improving the life quality of these individuals.

CPLOL

Comité Permanent De Liaison Des Ortophonistes-Logopedes de l’Union Européenne (Standing Liaison Committee of European Union of Speech and Language Therapists and Logopedists)

cplol_logoIn May 2007, ASLP has become an affiliated member of CPLOL. CPLOL aims to constantly contribute to the development, the practice and the sustainability of the profession.