FAQ

MASH MEMBERSHIP

Who can join MASH?

Anyone who is certified to be clinically fit to practice as a SLP or Audiologist can join MASH. The EXCO will do a background check on the applicant’s academic qualifications to ensure that the applicant has the necessary qualifications to practice as a clinician.Student members must be currently pursuing a degree in speech pathology/audiology and have their current enrolment certified by a lecturer at their university as proof of studies. 

What are the benefits of joining MASH?

  • you will receive MASH's newsletter every three months & if you put in any articles, your contributions will be paid for.
  • you will receive updates on any workshops/conferences & you will also be eligible for sponsorships from MASH to attend these workshops and conferences if you meet the sponsorship criteria
  • you will be allowed access to our MASH FB as long as you are a member. If you are not a member, you will be removed from this group.
  • you will have voting rights during the AGM (ordinary members only)
  •  your working contact details will be put up on the MASH directory so the public can access it and seek you directly for assessment/therapy (ordinary members only)

How do I join MASH?

The full details on membership application guidelines can be found here:http://mash.org.my/no-access-page/

What should I do if I can’t access the form online or the online application hangs?

You can directly email the Secretary for assistance at mash1995@yahoo.com

How do I know if my application is successful?

You will receive an email from the Secretary to notify you if your application has been received. The Secretary will then discuss with the EXCO as to approving your application and email their decision within 2-3 weeks (for local graduates) and 4-6 weeks (overseas graduates)

How do I renew my membership?

The full details on membership renewal guidelines can be found here:http://mash.org.my/no-access-page/

I’m a lapsed member. How much do I need to pay for the membership renewal?

Lapsed members will have to pay RM130 (including a RM 50 admin fee for re-registering their membership)

I’m a student member who has just completed my studies. I’m interested in registering as a normal member. How do I go about this?

Student members who register as normal members before the dateline set by the Student Affairs Portfolio can register at a discounted rate of RM80. However, if your student membership has lapsed beyond the dateline, you will need to pay RM130 (with the additional RM50 being the admin fee for re-processing your membership).

When is the renewal dateline?

Renewals are due by July 1st each year. Past this dateline, your membership will be considered as lapsed.

Education and Careers (for students)

How do I become an Audiologist?

You will need to obtain a Bachelor of Audiology (or equivalent) from a university which offers a recognized audiology program. If you already have a bachelor degree in another field and are interested in becoming an audiologist, you will need to take a clinical Masters of Audiology program. This Masters program is offered overseas, there are none in Malaysia at the moment.

Local University Courses

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

– Bachelor of Audiology with Honours

– Master of Health Science (Hearing and Speech) – by Research

– Doctor of Philosophy (Hearing and Speech) – by Research

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

– Bachelor of Audiology with Honours

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

– Bachelor of Health Science (Audiology)

What are the job prospects of an Audiologist?

Graduates of Audiology are able to be employed at the following organizations:

– Government (under Ministry of Health) and private hospitals

– Special education classes or schools (under Ministry of Education)

– Special School of the Deaf

– Hearing Service Centres

– Private Practice

– Universities

– Rehabilitation Centres

– Industries

-Military

How to become a Speech-Language Pathologist/Therapist?

You will need a Bachelor of Speech Sciences (or equivalent) from a university which provides a recognized undergraduate speech pathology program. However, some countries like USA provide only a basic science undergraduate program majoring in speech language pathology which does NOT allow you to practice as a SLP.

If you already have a bachelor degree from another field and are interested to become a SLP, you can obtain a Masters of Speech Language Pathology to practice as an SLP. However, these clinical Masters program are not available in Malaysia.

Local University Courses 

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

– Bachelor Speech Science with Honours

– Master of Health Science (Hearing and Speech) – by Research

– Doctor of Philosophy (Hearing and Speech) – by Research

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

– Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology)

What are the job prospects of an SLP/T?

Graduates of Speech Sciences are able to be employed at the following organizations:

– Government and private hospitals

– Special education classes or schools

– Speech Language Therapy/Pathology Clinics

– Rehabilitation Centres

– Early Intervention Centres

– Non-Governmental Organizations

– Lecturers in public or private institutions of learning

PUBLIC

What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are health professionals who evaluate, diagnose and treat hearing disorders such as tinnitus, hearing loss and balance disorders in babies, children and adults.

Where can I find an Audiologist? 

Audiologists work in hospitals, private hearing clinics or centres as well as non-governmental organisations. 

Find a MASH Audiologist

You can find a MASH audiologist closest to you by logging on to our members directory at http://mash.org.my/?page_id=38

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A SLP, or speech therapist as we are commonly known in Malaysia, is a qualified health professional specializing in assessing and providing therapy for people with communication disorders such as stuttering, speech-language difficulties and social skills issues.

SLPs also work with patients who have feeding and swallowing difficulties due to a congenital condition or from other medical conditions such as stroke and cancer. SLPs are also involved with providing intervention for voice disorders.

SLPs often specialize in different client groups or in terms of specific disorders. Some SLPs work mostly with children while others work only with adults. There are some who are able to do a mixed caseload as well.

Where can I find a SLP/T? 

SLP/Ts work in hospitals, special schools, private clinics or centres as well as non-governmental organisations. 

Find a MASH SLP/T

You can find a MASH SLP/T closest to you by logging on to our members directory at http://mash.org.my/?page_id=38

What to expect when you see a SLP/T?

A SLP will have to do an initial assessment for all cases, regardless of whether it is an eating difficulty, voice issue or communication difficulties. This is to determine the patient’s baseline and identify if the patient requires therapy and if so, which areas should therapy target first.

Depending on what the results of the assessment are, the SLP will then recommend an intervention plan best suited for the patient. This can include:

  1. One-to-one, individual therapy
  2. Group therapy
  3. Patient/caregiver training

 

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