Information on this page may change with new directives and advisories. This page was last updated on 31 March 2020.


SALTS is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working closely with the Ministry of Health and other professional associations here to provide support for speech and language therapists and students. We have put together our position on common concerns and some resources that you can look to in this time.

If you have concerns that are not addressed below, please contact us at enquiry@salts.org.sg or through the form at the bottom of this page.

 


Speech Therapy Students


I am a Singapore student studying speech therapy overseas, should I return home?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages Singaporean students studying overseas to return home. Your health and safety is our priority. In view of the evolving global situation and travel restrictions, we encourage your return as soon as you can make provisions to do so.

See: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Advisory for Singaporean Students Studying Overseas


Should I stay in my host country to continue with my clinical placements?

Many clinical placements have been cancelled. Your university should have made arrangements for you to earn your course credits in another way or to complete your clinical placements in another time.

As university recommendations and personal considerations vary, SALTS does not take a position on continuation of overseas clinical placements. However, if you have questions do raise them and seek clarification from your university.


Are there opportunities to complete my clinical placements in Singapore?

Clinical placements are typically arranged through institutional agreements between universities and placement centres. We suggest that you check with your university’s clinical placement coordinator about the feasibility of completing your placements in Singapore.

At present, most clinical institutions in Singapore are also not accepting student placements.


I’ve decided to stay in my host country for now. Is there anything else I should do?

We recommend that you register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and keep up to date with health and travel directives and advisories from your host country and Singapore. Find out where if your nearest Singapore Overseas Mission is should you need consular services.

In this time, SALTS is keeping an informal voluntary registry of speech therapy students currently overseas. This is to keep you updated of any advice specific to speech therapy students. Please email us* at enquiry@salts.org.sg or with the form below with your name, institution of study, year of study, and email address to keep in touch.

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*Do note that by submitting your information to the informal registry, you are consenting for SALTS to keep a record of your personal information for the purpose of information dissemination.


How can I take care of myself at this time?

It is a challenging time for many of us. Remember to take some time for yourself even as you are keeping up with changes in your course, and the many health and travel advisories. Here are some avenues for support you may find helpful.

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Speech and Language Therapists


I am considering moving to telepractice, where can I find guidelines for practice in Singapore?

There are currently no national allied health-specific guidelines for telepractice in Singapore. Despite this, as with any adoption of new service delivery methods, we strongly encourage careful consideration of client suitability and safety, personal data confidentially and protection, and accurate documentation should you wish to commence telepractice.

The safety of your clients should be paramount when considering telepractice (or in any case!). Do not proceed with telepractice should you or your client be concerned in any way about the safety of care delivery on remote platforms.

If you work with a parent institution, such as a hospital or social service agency, we strongly recommend that you discuss your telepractice plans with them, and practice only under the guidance and governance of your institution.

SALTS has put together some references on telepractice that you may find useful in this time. If you have specific concerns for your practice, please contact at enquiry@salts.org.sg or through the form at the bottom of this page.

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Where can I get the most updated advisories and directives relevant to my practice?

It is important to keep updated on the latest Singapore advisories and directives as they can have a direct impact on your practice. You can find the latest advisories here:

Advisories from the Ministry of Health are also disseminated to registered speech and language therapists through your email registered with the Allied Health Professions Council.

SALTS may send additional information through our members mailing list. However, we recognise that it is important for all speech and language therapists to receive important information in this time, whether they are SALTS members or not. We will continue updating information on this page, and on our social media platforms to ensure that information is accessible for everyone.


I am unsure of how to interpret some of these measures detailed in the government advisories. What can I do?

If you work with a parent institution, such as a hospital or social service agency, we strongly recommend that you discuss interpretation and implementation of government advisories with your institution.

If you do not receive support from a parent institution and are concerned, please contact at enquiry@salts.org.sg or through the form at the bottom of this page. SALTS can and will raise your concerns to relevant authorities for their advice.


I am concerned about personal protective equipment (PPE). Should I follow published guidelines from overseas speech and language therapy or medical associations?

The considerations of different countries and professions in recommending appropriate PPE can vary. We recommend that you interpret these guidelines in the context of Singapore and your own clinical practice.

If you work with a parent institution, such as a hospital or social service agency, we strongly recommend that you discuss interpretation and implementation of these guidelines with your institution.

If you do not receive support from a parent institution and are concerned, please contact at enquiry@salts.org.sg or through the form at the bottom of this page. SALTS can and will raise your concerns to relevant authorities for their advice.


NEW | Does the Ministry of Education’s advisory on suspension of centre-based services affect my speech therapy service?

Referencing advice from the Ministry of Education’s FAQ:

“Regardless of location (e.g. centre, home or other settings), therapy services provided or directly supervised by registered Allied Health Professionals, or those offered by early intervention providers registered with the Ministry of Social and Family Development for children/students with special education needs, are not covered by the suspension.”

See: Ministry of Education COVID-19 FAQ


How can I take care of myself at this time?

It is a challenging time for many of us. Remember to take some time for yourself even as you are looking out for your clients safety and keeping up with the many health and travel advisories. Here are some avenues for support you may find helpful.

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SALTS is here to support our members, as well as all Singapore speech and language therapists and students. If you should have any difficulties or concerns, do reach out to us at enquiry@salts.org.sg or through the form below.