A non-systematic review of evidence-based practice within speech pathology in Australia

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Abstract

In this non-systematic review, evidence-based practice (EBP) in Australian speech pathology research and practice is examined. Many Australian researchers are contributing to the theoretical evidence through systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, and other clinical research. Additionally, Australian researchers are integrating international theoretical evidence via speechBITE' and other initiatives. Australian speech pathologists' clinical expertise is supported via Speech Pathology Australia and an example of the implementation of EBP in clinical contexts is the NSW EBP Network. Within Australia, research attention has been directed towards the client's choice and the client's voice. This paper acknowledges limitations of implementing EBP in Australia: suggesting that inclusion of the client's voice could be formalised and that additional research needs to be undertaken to address practical differences in service delivery models between Australian and international contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-19
Number of pages4
JournalThe South African journal of communication disorders. Die Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir Kommunikasieafwykings
Volume55
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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