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Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to parts of the brain that are responsible for language. It usually occurs suddenly, often due to a stroke or head injury, but may also develop slowly, as the result of a brain tumour or a progressive neurological disease. The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. Adapted from  www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/aphasia

A personal connection with a guest speaker suffering from aphasia saw her and her husband invited to speak at a Rotary meeting. Past President Gerry shares “ My first reaction was extremely poor.  As a retired police officer with 35 years experience, I did the opposite to all the advice that I have since read.  I spoke too quickly (even though I was asked to slow down my speech).  After a while I would forget to keep it slow and would go back to my normal speed. When it was obvious to me that the guest could not keep up with me and thus understand me, I started talking to her husband, thus leaving her isolated.”

Neil and Gerry realised that Rotary’s welcome space needed some education and resourcing. 2022-2023 Rotary District 9800 Governor Amanda Wendt is assisting with promoting Aphasia awareness in Rotary Clubs.


  • promotes community awareness of Aphasia through Rotary meetings and other community opportunities
  • actively encourages people with aphasia to participate in our social and volunteering fun and break down barriers to participation
  • promote Aphasia Victoria and their resources within Rotary
  • promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion    

         CONTACT US

         Gerry Lambourne E: northbrightonrotary@gmail.com


Aphasia Victoria


info@aphasiavic.org.au   0498 481 158

  • Aphasia Victoria helps people with Aphasia find information and support
  • We inform the community about aphasia
  • We promote aphasia research
  • We liaise with national and international organisations


Production of this video and associated material was made possible with the support of a Bayside City Council Grant