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Thursday, 14 March 2013
Page: 2152

Primary Language Disorder

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Primary Language Disorder (PLD) is a lifelong disability which affects many children in Australia;

(b) families of children with PLD face great uncertainties and vagaries due to the obscure nature of PLD and therefore the difficulty of reaching a diagnosis of their child’s disability;

(c) children with PLD have the best chance in life if they receive treatment for their condition as early as possible;

(d) without intervention, there are profound long term implications for affected individuals in terms of gaining an education and employment, leaving them feeling isolated and despondent and at a high risk of developing depressive and anxiety disorders; and

(e) an April 2012 report by the Australian Institute of Criminology highlights the high incidence (50 per cent) of oral language dysfunction in youth offenders;

(2) recognises that:

(a) the CHI.L.D. Association’s Glenleighden School is the only school in the southern hemisphere which caters specifically to the needs of children with PLD and other language disorders;

(b) for over 30 years, this school has achieved significant results for thousands of children;

(c) the CHI.L.D. Association:

   (i) through both its outreach program and direct clinical services, provides support for children with PLD and their families and schools across Queensland; and

   (ii) provides quality specialised early intervention services through its clinic, but is limited to those families who can pay for services as PLD does not fulfil the criteria for funding under the Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative; and

(d) there are currently no consistent eligibility criteria across Australian States and Territories for children with PLD to access specialised educational resources; and

(3) calls on the Government to consider PLD as part of a review of the Better Start for Children with Disability Program.

Question agreed to.