Speech pathology is being heard

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Alliance submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry into speech, language and communication disorders and speech pathology services highlighted the fact that awareness of speech pathology services, and the situations in which they can assist, is quite low outside the major cities. This lack of awareness, coupled with poor availability of speech pathology services in those areas, contributes to under-diagnosis and to underestimates of the prevalence of speech, language and communication disorders among rural people (including children). The result is less than optimal treatment of many of these disorders for people in those areas.

The 299 submissions to the Speech Pathology Inquiry, the first to pay specific attention to the role of an allied health professional group in multidisciplinary health care, have now been published and the Committee is due to report on 26 June 2014.

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