We regularly feature international stories about communication health. If you have a story you’d like to see featured, please email us. Here are some of the newest additions:
Who is Scope?
Scope is a not-for-profit organisation located in Victoria, Australia that supports over 6,000 Victorians and their families with physical, intellectual, communication and multiple disabilities to achieve their goals in life. Scope aims to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through instigating and acknowledging initiatives that advocate for the inclusion of individuals with communication difficulties in our community. Scope joined the International Communication Project as a Participating Organisation in July 2016.
How Many Speech Pathologists are in Vietnam?
The University of Newcastle offers a South East Asian stream for its students, where they complete an elective to learn about speech pathology in that part of the world. Students complete an individualised learning project and undertake a clinical placement abroad. In April 2016, speech pathology student, Chloe Jitts, travelled to Vietnam to complete her placement. From first-hand experience, Chloe learned just how few speech pathologists there are amongst the 90 million citizens of Vietnam.
The Icelandic Association of Speech Language Therapists
Swallowing Awareness Day was held on 11 May to draw attention to swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia (dis-fay-juh). Swallowing disorders affect a person’s ability to safely swallow drinks, food, and medication. People who have trouble swallowing are at risk of poor nutrition and dehydration. Speech pathologists can assist individuals with dysphagia.
Programme StimuLER: Supporting Language Development in Refugee Children
People across Canada have welcomed Syrian refugees to their communities over the past few months. In light of this influx, two Canadian speech-language pathologists, Andrea MacLeod, PhD, and Sabah Meziane, founded Programme StimuLER to support the language development of refugee children in Montreal.
Did You Know?
- In 2016, ‘Take a Stand Against Ageism’ is the theme for International Day of Older Persons. Research reveals that older people who have negative attitudes towards aging live 7.5 years less than those with positive attitudes, and have poorer recovery from disability and disease.
Source: World Health Organization
- ‘Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All’ is the theme for World Mental Health Day in 2016. Communication disorders frequently co-occur with mental health issues.
Source: World Federation of Mental Health
- The theme for World Stroke Day 2016 is, ‘Face the Facts: Stroke is Treatable.’ Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the 2nd leading cause of death globally. Around the world, there are 17 million strokes each year.
Source: 2016 World Stroke Campaign
Upcoming Events & Awareness Days Related to Communication
The XXXIII World Congress of Audiology of the Canadian Academy of Audiology, and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada. The event will include pre-congress workshops, roundtable plenary sessions, featured concurrent sessions, contributed papers and sponsor symposia. All sessions will afford delegates the opportunity to engage, share and learn in a highly collaborative setting.
October 1: International Day of Older Persons
October 10: World Mental Health Day
October 29: World Stroke Day