Rural and remote speech-language pathology service inequities: An Australian human rights dilemma

Rural and remote speech-language pathology service inequities: An Australian human rights dilemma Journal Article

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

  • Author(s): Jones, Debra M., McAllister, Lindy, Lyle, David M.
  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Volume: 20
  • ISBN: 1754-9507

Abstract: Access to healthcare is a fundamental human right for all Australians. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledges the right to freedom of opinion and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas. Capacities for self-expression and effective communication underpin the realisation of these fundamental human rights. For rural and remote Australian children this realisation is compromised by complex disadvantages and inequities that contribute to communication delays, inequity of access to essential speech-language pathology services and poorer later life outcomes. Localised solutions to the provision of civically engaged, accessible, acceptable and sustainable speech-language pathology services within rural and remote Australian contexts are required if we are to make substantive human rights gains. However, civically engaged and sustained healthcare can significantly challenge traditional professionalised perspectives on how best to design and implement speech-language pathology services that seek to address rural and remote communication needs and access inequities. A failure to engage these communities in the identification of childhood communication delays and solutions to address these delays, ultimately denies children, families and communities of their human rights for healthcare access, self-expression, self-dignity and meaningful inclusion within Australian society.

  • Urls: https://doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2018.1400103
  • Keywords: Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, Australia, civic engagement, inclusion, rural and remote, service-learning, speech-language pathology

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Jones, Debra M., McAllister, Lindy, Lyle, David M., 2018, Rural and remote speech-language pathology service inequities: An Australian human rights dilemma, Volume:20, Journal Article, viewed 16 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14284.

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