Community Aphasia Advisors (CAAs)

Our Community Aphasia Advisors (CAAs) are aphasia experts providing support services, resources, and information to people with and affected by aphasia in New Zealand’s main centres.

CAAs coordinate local AphasiaNZ activities, facilitate Kōrero (conversation) Clubs, run support groups, provide one-on-one home and community visits, and facilitate education sessions and workshops in communities to increase awareness and knowledge of aphasia.

Our CAAs are trained in supportive communication techniques, skilled at facilitating groups, and passionate about communication accessibility for those adjusting to reconnect after acquiring aphasia. Please note that AphasiaNZ does not provide Speech-language Therapy (SLT).

We currently offer a face-to-face CAA service in the following locations: Auckland, Waikato West and Hamilton, Hauraki Plains and Thames, Western Bay of Plenty/Tauranga, Whakatane, Rotorua, the Central North Island (Taupō and Turangi), the Hawke’s Bay (Napier and Hastings), Wellington and the lower North Island, Christchurch, Dunedin, Central Otago and Invercargill. 

We also have telephone support and a range of online support services available for people who live in other parts of the country. These include online Kōrero Clubs, carer support groups, supported conversation training and progressive aphasia support.

Referrals to the CAA Service

We accept referrals in a variety of ways. Referrals made by health professionals should be completed on our referral form.  Contact us to enquire about making a referral, or complete a referral form. We accept referrals from anyone, and people can also self-refer.

Our Community Aphasia Advisor (CAA) Team

J Hunter-Wilson
Hibiscus Coast

Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) North and West

L Mains-Barnett
Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) Central and Franklin

Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) South

C Grbin
Waikato West and Central

B Robb
Hauraki Plains and Thames

K Milford
Tauranga Moana

H Al Jawad
Te Puke to Whakatane

N Zwarts

M Dakin
Central North Island (Taupō and Turangi)

M Bevin
Hawkes Bay (Napier and Hastings)

J Buckley
Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and the lower North Island

L Gibbs
Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) Hutt Valley and Porirua

K Drayton
Aphasia Speaks Christchurch (Ōtautahi) Kōrero Club Facilitator (group meets in Papanui)

C Wyles
Christchurch (Ōtautahi)

M Jones

C McCully
Dunedin PPA group facilitator

F Couldstone
Central Otago

A Miller

For any enquiries about our CAA service, please contact us.

Updated March 2022

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