Issue 1
Monday, 02 March 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Speech and Language Therapy Lecturer Dr Hamid Karimi will guide the student delivery of speech pathology services
Speech and Language Therapy Lecturer Dr Hamid Karimi will guide the student delivery of speech pathology services

Speech pathology boon for Territorians

College of Health and Human Sciences students will deliver much-needed speech pathology services to Territorians, under the guidance of Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy, Dr Hamid Karimi.

Dr Karimi, who has extensive experience teaching and supervising speech pathology students in Australia and overseas, recently took up the position within the College. 

He said a significant percentage of the population was affected by communication disorders that negatively affected self-esteem, health, well-being and social relationships. Children who lived in very remote Australia or those living in the most socioeconomically disadvantaged locations were found to be even more vulnerable to language or cognitive disorders. 

“There are about 2500 new cases in Australia each year where people experience moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Most suffer a communication disorder,” Dr Karimi said.

“As the population continues to age, communication and swallowing problems will become more pronounced.”

Dr Karimi said more than 1% of the population and up to 8% of pre-school children experienced disfluency disorders such as stuttering or cluttering (speaking too fast).

“There is a lot of stigma around stuttering,” Dr Karimi said. 

“Many people who stutter are not aware that good evidence-based treatments are available. Instead they accept it as something they must suffer.”

Dr Karimi said speech pathologists could work in many different areas: hospitals, private clinics, aged care services, rehabilitation services, and in schools.

“Medical science improves length of life, but our work adds quality and I’m pretty happy that I’m part of this journey.”

He said Bachelor of Health Science / Master of Speech and Language Therapy students would provide speech pathology services at the CDU Wellness Centre in Darwin, and telehealth services to Alice Springs and other regions.

Dr Karimi also plans to collaborate with health providers and other organisations to provide additional services across the Northern Territory.