Aphasia WA is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2006 to support people living with aphasia in Western Australia. Our members comprise of health professionals, trained volunteers, speech pathologists, members of the community, and most importantly, people with aphasia and their families.

Aphasia WA has established several support and conversation groups across Perth and regional WA, with current groups running in Inglewood, Floreat, South Guildford and Geraldton for one to two-hour sessions on a weekly basis. Our groups offer a welcoming and supportive space for people to practise their talking with trained volunteers and other members with aphasia. People are encouraged to socialise over a cup of tea, and practise their conversation with the guidance of trained volunteers who can assist the conversation to flow with effective communication strategies. The groups are free to attend and can be accessed whilst receiving therapy or post-therapy.

Our purpose is to..

Raise awareness of aphasia in Western Australia

Provide social settings and groups where people living with aphasia can practice their speech and conversation with trained volunteers and each other.

Share ideas & knowledge of treatment options

Provide access to research on aphasia

Advocate for people with aphasia to speak about communication difficulties in our community

Offer networking opportunities for all people in WA affected by aphasia

Aphasia WA Committee

Aphasia WA is led by an enthusiastic and experienced volunteer Executive and Committee.

Erin Godecke


Associate Professor Erin Godecke is a speech pathologist and clinical researcher, and is passionate about working with people with aphasia and their families.

Bruce Simcock

Vice President

Bruce Simcock is a retired chartered accountant, keen road cyclist, dad & grandad (Poppy) and lives with aphasia.

Deborah West


Deborah West is a speech pathologist who has extensive experience in aphasia rehabilitation with a particular interest in the benefits of group therapy.

Diane Franklin


Diane Franklin is a speech pathologist and educator. Diane manages the  Secretary role for Aphasia WA.

Sandy Coats

Volunteer Coordinator

Sandy Coats is a speech pathologist and strong advocate for the volunteer workforce. Sandy leads the volunteers who facilitate Aphasia WA’s conversation groups.

Robyn Simcock

Committee Member

Robyn Simcock is former business owner, events manager and key member of Perth’s healthcare and support community. Robyn is also a supporter of a person with aphasia.

Meaghan McAllister

Communications and
committee member

Meaghan McAllister is a speech pathologist and researcher with strong interests in aphasia and health care in Australia’s rural, remote and Aboriginal communities.

Committee members also include:

Diane Franklin – Secretary
Dr Emily Brogan – Fundraising & Social Events
Kathryn Ramsay – Communication Special Interest Group
Dr Britta Biedermann – Research
Kim Thompson – Committee Member
Jill Massee – Committee Member
Silke Highet – Committee Member

Andrew Highet – Committee Member


Aphasia WA would like to thank the following people and organisations for their support:

The wonderful Volunteers who facilitate the conversation groups each week. The groups could not run without your time, support and enthusiasm. We are deeply grateful to you all.

Connect Groups.This website was built with the generous support of Connect Groups (Grant Number:

Jenna Roussy for her beautiful photography and volunteering her time and talent to take photos for the website and at Aphasia WA events.

Meaghan McAllister for coordinating Aphasia WA’s efforts in building this new website

ABN: 50 470 649 928