Uncovering a “hidden” disability affecting one million Australians

There are 1.2 million Australians currently living with a communication disability, which can affect relationships, employment, education and social inclusion. Speech Pathology Australia is putting a spotlight on this “hidden” disability during Speech Pathology Week from 25-31 August. Speech Pathology Australia’s Acting National President, Belinda Hill, said successful communication is the key to quality of life across all ages, which is why this year’s theme is Communicating with Confidence. “Communication disabilities are commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed, often because they...
Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Speech pathologists are university trained allied health professionals with expertise in the assessment and treatment of communication and/or swallowing difficulties.


What will new quality standards mean for those who can’t speak for themselves?

When new quality standards are introduced across the Australian aged care industry next year, they will give residents an increased opportunity to have their say and make choices about the care they receive. But with up to 95 per cent of residents in aged care living with at least one communication difficulty, what will this mean on the ground? How can we ensure that those who require assistance to communicate will have access to the supports they need to make...

Max’s story: Finding the power of speech again

During Speech Pathology Week, Speech Pathology Australia is raising awareness of the prevalence of communication disabilities among older people, often leaving them feeling vulnerable and isolated, and cut off from the world around them. Being able to communicate with our fellow humans satisfies one of our most basic human needs - the ability to be understood and the ability to understand others. When communication is taken away, people can feel alone, helpless, and even, eventually, desperate. Max’s story reveals the...
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When words fail: communication is still crucial

Communication is an intrinsic part of everyday life. It’s how we connect with family and friends, it’s how we interact with our community. Indeed, communication is a key part of our identity. Beth Armstrong, Professor of Speech Pathology, Edith Cowan University, says, “The way we relate to our families, friends and carers is crucial to having an engaged life. It’s really central.” Yet some people develop difficulties communicating later in their lives. A video produced by Speech Pathology Australia...
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