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Aust Health Rev. 2010 Mar;34(1):25-9. doi: 10.1071/AH09737.

Talking EPC - speech pathologists' views of the Enhanced Primary Care items four years on.

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  • 1Healthy Development, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Level 2, Gantry Building, Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia. jemma.skeat@mcri.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Allied health professionals have provided services under Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) since 2004; however, the experiences and views of AHPs about the initiative and how it has been utilised have not been well explored.

OBJECTIVE:

We examined speech pathologists' views and experiences under EPC.

METHODS:

A survey of speech pathologists in private practice who provide services under EPC was undertaken.

RESULTS:

Speech pathologists provide EPC services to a wide range of clients with communication and swallowing disorders. The five EPC sessions provide a 'starting point' for therapy for some clients, and supplement existing therapy for others. Speech pathologists expressed concern about the accessibility of the program, and its understanding and use in practice, but noted that the program can be valuable for clients who are able to negotiate the hurdles, and for themselves in terms of increased referrals and collaboration with general practitioners.

CONCLUSIONS:

Education around eligibility, access, and reporting requirements is needed for clients, GPs and allied health professionals in order to reduce the frustrating aspects of this program, and support its ongoing use.

PMID:
20334752
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