Assessment and outcome measures for Aboriginal Australians with communication disorders
Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
Speech Pathology Australia
School of Medical and Health Sciences
This paper reflects on issues surrounding clinical assessment and outcome measures with Aboriginal clients with communication disorders. The paper situates speech-language pathology assessment practices within a broader context of clinical assessment related to Aboriginal peoples accessing health services generally, and discusses what “assessment” could look like with a better understanding regarding an Aboriginal worldview, and incorporating notions of cultural security. It critically evaluates current measures used in speech-language pathology practice, their purpose, and processes involved in their application. Finally, the authors draw on their own clinical and research experiences to suggest ways of modifying existing tools if necessary, and using new methods to further the development of culturally appropriate and secure assessment practices within speech-language pathology.