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Awareness of local services

Speech pathologists should develop an awareness of local Aboriginal health services and Aboriginal specific social services.

Reference: Armstrong, Hersh, Hayward, Fraser and Brown, 2012
NHMRC level of Evidence: Qual.

Knowing what services are available can help in discharge and therapy planning as well as advocacy.  For example it may be that the Aboriginal health service offers a chronic disease service/clinics and the speech pathologist could facilitate the client's access to this and offer to assist the clinicians in their understanding of aphasia.


  1. Armstrong, E., Hersh, D., Hayward, C., Fraser, J., & Brown, M. (2012). Living with aphasia: three Indigenous Australian stories. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 14(3), 271-280. doi: 10.3109/17549507.2011.663790


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