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First Speech Pathology Seminar held at ECU

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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In July, more than 30 clinicians from Perth and surrounding regions attended the first Speech Pathology Seminar held at ECU.

Visiting scholar Dr Ray Wilkinson, Clinical Reader in Language and Communication Science at the University of Manchester, spoke about research into a new treatment where families and other conversational partners of people with aphasia are trained to enable everyday interactions with each other.

Aphasia is a communication disorder which affects approximately 20 per cent of people who suffer a stroke. It is a socially debilitating disorder, restricting participation in family activities, employment and a general social life. People with aphasia have difficulty with all aspects of communication such as speaking, understanding, reading and writing.

During his visit to ECU, Dr Wilkinson and Professor Beth Armstrong, Foundation Chair in Speech Pathology, planned a collaborative project in this research area, comparing practices and outcomes in Australia and the UK.

Professor Armstrong has received strong positive feedback from speech pathologists attending this seminar and is planning on developing a regular schedule of similar events at ECU for clinicians across the state.

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