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"From your own thinking you can't help us": Intercultural collaboration to address inequities in services for Indigenous Australians in response to the World Report on Disability

Lowell, Anne (2013). "From your own thinking you can't help us": Intercultural collaboration to address inequities in services for Indigenous Australians in response to the World Report on Disability. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology,15(1):101-105.

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ISI LOC 000313675800018
Title "From your own thinking you can't help us": Intercultural collaboration to address inequities in services for Indigenous Australians in response to the World Report on Disability
Author Lowell, Anne
Journal Name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1754-9507   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 101
End Page 105
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Inequity in service provision for Indigenous Australians with communication disability is an issue requiring urgent attention. In the lead article, Wylie, McAllister, Davidson, and Marshall (2013) note that, even in the relatively affluent Minority World, including Australia, equity in service provision for people with communication disability has not been achieved. In remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT) almost all residents speak a language other than English as their primary language. However, there are no speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the NT who speak an Indigenous language or who share their cultural background. Specific data on the prevalence of communication disability in this population are unavailable due to a range of factors. The disability data that are available, for example, demonstrating the high level of conductive hearing loss, indicates that the risk of communication disability in this population is particularly high. Change is urgently needed to address current inequities in both availability of, and access to, culturally responsive services for Indigenous people with communication disability. Such change must engage Indigenous people in a collaborative process that recognizes their expertise in identifying both their needs and the most effective form of response to these needs


Keywords Indigenous
Collaboration
Workforce issues
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/17549507.2012.725770   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Postprint 13 pages


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