Senate debates

Monday, 9 December 2013


Community Affairs References Committee; Reference

4:10 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

by leave—I move:

That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 March 2014:

(a) the prevalence of different types of speech, language and communication disorders and swallowing difficulties in Australia;

(b) the incidence of these disorders by demographic group (paediatric, Aboriginal and Torres Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities);

(c) the availability and adequacy of speech pathology services provided by the Commonwealth, state and local governments across health, aged care, education, disability and correctional services;

(d) the provision and adequacy of private speech pathology services in Australia;

(e) evidence of the social and economic cost of failing to treat communication and swallowing disorders; and

(f) the projected demand for speech pathology services in Australia.

Question agreed to.


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