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What is aphasia?

Aphasia is an acquired language difficulty.

It can affect any area of communication, including:

  • speaking,
  • understanding,
  • reading,
  • writing, 
  • using numbers, and
  • using gestures.

Aphasia is caused when the language areas of the brain are damaged – because of a stroke, brain injury or other damage to the brain.

Aphasia impacts language and communication.
It does NOT impact intelligence!

Learn more about aphasia

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Aphasia Association would like to acknowledge the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are the Traditional Owners of the land we live on across Australia and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

Australian Aphasia Association recognises the importance of language as a way of connecting people to each other and to their lands, and that sustaining culture through stories, song, art and practices strengthens the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities so they can continue to thrive.

Our Values: Respect, Inclusivity, Access, Community

Our Vision: To promote awareness and informed understanding of aphasia to enable full participation

Our Mission: To be an effective national voice for people with aphasia in Australia

Our Slogan: Be heard, be seen, be part of it!

How we can help you

The AAA is the national voice for people with aphasia, and their families, friends and supporters in Australia.

We provide:

  • An aphasia hotline – 1800 APHASIA (1800 274 274)
  • Conferences, camps, and zoom groups
  • Links to state and local aphasia services
  • Information about aphasia


By becoming a member you will be heard, be seen, and be part of it!

Become a member

Support the AAA

The AAA is a volunteer organisation! There are many ways that you can support us.

Donate to the AAA