Services for people with communication disability in Fiji: Clinical insights

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Abstract

In Fiji, the government has recognised the importance of services for people with communication disability (PWCD); however, the need for services still exceeds supply, and it is unclear who is providing services to this population. It has been suggested that agents of delivery of intervention can comprise seven groups: qualified speech-language pathologists (SLPs), mid-tier workers, already qualified professionals trained for an additional new role, disability care workers, traditional healers and other professionals or family members guided by SLPs. In this paper, the role of each of these groups in the provision of services to PWCD in Fiji was reviewed. Results revealed that qualified SLP services in Fiji are restricted to those provided by international volunteer programs. Numerous other agents of delivery of intervention are available; however, their skill base and intervention methods remain largely unknown. There is a need to identify the skills and practices of non-SLP agents and to consider the potential for future direct SLP input, to ensure timely and adequate services are available to people with communication disability in Fiji.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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