Equity and access to services for children with language difficulties

Reilly, Sheena, Law, James, Conway, Maya, and Krahe, Michelle (2022) Equity and access to services for children with language difficulties. In: Lawson, James, Reilly, Sheena, and McKean, Cristina, (eds.) Language Development: Individual Difference in a Social Context. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 539-560.

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Care injustice, sometimes termed the ‘postcode lottery’ arises when individuals cannot access services simply because of where they reside. The distribution and access to health and education services for children with language difficulties is explored in this chapter. There is a body of literature demonstrating that service availability and accessibility can differ markedly between metropolitan and rural settings. Here, we draw on available evidence to discuss the relationship between health inequities and inequalities, proposing a place-based approach as a potential solution, which encourages the location and distribution of services based on community need. This chapter also addresses the way in which many services have been historically developed, that is, along the traditional ‘clinical’ model rather than a model which considers and reviews the needs of a community from a population health perspective and likely needs of the child population. We conclude by highlighting some key steps that need to be taken to ensure the design and delivery of services to meet the future needs of the population, and outline some of the challenges in adopting this approach.

Item ID: 81282
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9781108643719
Copyright Information: © Cambridge University Press 2022
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2023 23:57
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420110 Speech pathology @ 40%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420305 Health and community services @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440706 Health policy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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