Staff Knowledge and Use of Evidence Based Practice (Griffith University)
Staff across SALDA’s services participated in a questionnaire style study, which investigated evidence based practice in the work environment, knowledge and use of intervention practices and their own attitudes towards intervention. This study is important, because Language Disorder continues to be an underfunded area of research. In fact, there are three times more studies on dyslexia and ten times more studies on speech sound disorders, which impacts practitioner’s abilities to provide evidence informed treatment for Language Disorder. Over many years this has resulted in a wide range of interventions being utilised by staff.
A high correlation between the interventions used and the staff member’s knowledge of these interventions was found. Further work is planned to review the evidence underpinning these interventions. It is positive to note staff felt there were resources, cultural expectations and supervisory expectations to utilise evidence based practice. Overall, staff at SALDA believe there is a great need to utilise research when working with children and young people with Language Disorder. These findings were presented at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in Sydney and a manuscript is being written for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in 2018.