Speech Pathology Australia Encouraged to Clarify Lidcombe-Only Proposal (Ep. 509)

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Peter Dhu

Peter Dhu joins Peter Reitzes to discuss a recent proposal by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) which has many professionals, people who stutter and consumer advocates concerned. In an ASHA blog post, Craig Coleman explains this serious issue:

“Recently, Speech Pathology Australia (the national speech-language pathology association of Australia) submitted a proposal to the Australian Government Department of Treasury that would require Medicare rebates be made available for children who stutter, but only if they are treated using the Lidcombe Program.”

Peter Dhu is a person who stutters and is passionate about helping people find their voice so that they can contribute to society in the way they wish to. Mr. Dhu was a Consumer Representative on Speech Pathology Australia’s Professional Standards and Ethics Board, has previously been president of the Australian Speak Easy Association (ASEA) for six years and is a life member of the ASEA. Mr. Dhu is currently president of the Western Australian Speak Easy Association.

StutterTalk covered this issue at length on Episodes 502 and 508. For a brief and creative background on this issue, check out Katie Gore’s amazing summary The Australian Budget Lidcombe Proposal Debate: A Primer in Memes. Today, Peter Dhu discusses these issues from his self help and consumer advocacy viewpoint.

Related Links:

  • Kathy Viljoen’s letter to Speech Pathology Australia – link
  • Janet Beilby’s letter to Speech Pathology Australia – link
  • Speech Pathology Australia’s proposal/budget submission to the Australian Government for 2015-2016 – link
  • The Stuttering Foundation’s Response/Statement titled Another Blunder from Down Underlink
  • Craig Coleman’s post/petition – A Dangerous Precedent from Australia: What It Means and What Happens Nextlink
  • Speech Pathology Australia’s Response/Statement – link
  • Problem with “One Size Fits All” – link
  • Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children letter to Speech Pathology Australia – link
  • Craig Coleman’s ASHA blog post, A Controversial Proposal on Stuttering Treatment from Speech Pathology of Australia: What It Means and What Happens Next – link
  • ASHA blog post by Ann Packman, Mark Onslow and Deborah Theodoros – link
  • International Fluency Association Press Release – link
  • Lidcombe the only effective treatment in Australia? – link
  • Submission to the Community Affairs References Committee of the Senate – “An inquiry into the prevalence of different types of speech, language and communication disorders and speech pathology services in Australia” – link
  • A very important question to Onslow and Packman – link
  • Deborah Theodoros has been misinformed about the efficacy of Lidcombe – link
  • The Australian Budget Lidcombe Proposal Debate: A Primer in Memes – link
  • Chickens are Coming Home – link
  • StutterTalk Episode 502 – link
  • StutterTalk Episode 508 – link