During National Stroke Week in early September, I had the honour of presenting a talk about strokes and aphasia to the members of the Rotary Club of Concord. The Rotary Club of Concord has a long and proud history of doing fantastic work to support our local community in a host of ways, including running the Concord Farmers’ Market every fortnight at Cintra Park – a big hit with my family.
We discussed some facts about stroke, the main signs of strokes and what to do if you experience them, the possible impacts of stroke (including on speech and language), tips to reduce your risk of stroke, and where to find more information about stroke prevention, rehabilitation and other services. The talk benefited greatly from the participation of members who had either recently survived strokes or were caring for people living with stroke.
I’d like to thank Concord Rotary publicly for their generous donation of $500 to the National Stroke Foundation. In particular, I’d like to thank those members of Concord Rotary and Concord Golf Club staff who helped me to set up for the talk – never my strong suit!
I’m passionate about stroke awareness and am happy to speak with community groups of any size about it, free of charge. If you would like me to speak with your group, please get in touch.
- Stroke and aphasia awareness talk. Thank you Concord! (for more information about aphasia)
Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.
David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).