About ‘US’

We are people who understand life with a voice disorder, because we either live with one, or have close experience of supporting someone who does.

Why the Network?
The Australian Dysphonia Network Inc, was established in 2016 to support people whose lives are impacted by a voice disorder because.

  • Voice disorders may affect relationships.
  • Voice disorders may change the way we relate to each other.
  • Voice disorders may change our ability to participate in broader social circles.
  • Voice disorders also have the potential to impact on careers.

Yet, they are poorly diagnosed, and even more poorly understood by the general population.

This completely independent site is created by people affected by dysphonia,  who want to create a multidisciplinary resource that can help change that, and make life a little easier for the vocally challenged here in Australia.

We aim to:

Support: individuals, family and close friends who are affected; to share experiences and support each other.
Educate: the general population, GPs and other health practitioners.
Advocate: for voice disorders to be considered in terms of occupational risks, disability or sickness benefits; and for noise reduction in public spaces, restaurants and cafes in order to reduce voice strain.
Lobby for, and Fund Research: there has been very little local research into the causes, management , or the psycho-social impact of voice disorders. ADN wants to address this

So, whether you live with one yourself… are a friend or family member of someone who does… or provide treatment and care people who experience living with a voice disorder, we hope to provide an informative and supportive place for you.

No matter what the ‘label’ or the underlying cause, life with dysphonia is difficult. We welcome contact from anyone who is affected, because regardless of the medical diagnosis, the impacts on daily life will be very similar.

Please have a poke around and see what we have been up to so far, but  bear with us as we continue to build the site and get things running smoothly.

If you have any suggestions , or just want to say ‘Hi’, please drop us a line on the contact form.

5 thoughts on “About ‘US’

  1. I have just found your network whilst looking to see if there are any singing groups for people with spasmodic dysphonia. There are singing groups for stroke victims but perhaps it is impossible for spasmodic Botox affected voices? Sometimes I feel the loss of singing almost more than the loss of a good talking voice. I have had Spasmodic dysphonia for nearly twenty years now but Botox does help. I am at present really feeling the need for contact with others who have this bizarre condition. Sue Olsen (Blackheath)

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for stopping by and dropping us a line.

      I love the idea of a singing group for the voice disordered … perhaps we could call it “The Dysphonics” 🙂
      The truth is, as you know, botox does make singing rather difficult, especially in the early ‘breathy weeks’ ….While the alternative (singing with spasms) is not particularly melodious. BUT Singing is about so much more than sounding good… so maybe it is something to explore.
      Personally I joined a choir when I was first diagnosed … more out of determination than anything, it FELT great. But after about 4 years it had become tricky, and very hard to keep up the social side of the large and noisy group.

      You could certainly put out some feelers on our public or private facebook pages, to gauge interest (?)
      Regards Louise

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    2. Hello Sue- I have recently been diagnosed with SD after 7 years of not knowing what was wrong with my voice. I live in Taree, but my daughter is in Blue Mountains, and I often spend time there. Would you like to meet for a cuppa next time I am there? Sorry, can t help you with singing- never could sing, certainly can t now 😦 !!

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  2. Hi, Louise, one of my sisters in NZ emailed an article out of a NZ magazine which had your story & this website. I live in Melbourne & about 9 years ago I was training up to do a half marathon when over a period of 3 – 4 weeks I suddenly became very breathless. I was lucky that my GP understood that I had something strange wrong & after 33 trips to 3 different hospitals for numerous test I was told I have Vocal Cord Dysfunction. I became a part of the botox experiment at Monash Medical Centre and have had 7 injections, 1 helped for a short time, 5 did nothing and 2 made me a lot worse, the last one left me with no voice at all for 3 months and after 9 months I am still not right. I am not having anymore. I have also for the last 6 months been seeing a speech pathologist and neurologist, they gave up a couple of weeks ago as they could not help me. I had already decided a long time ago that this was something that I was just going to have to get use to & live with. It is not going to beat me & I still do as much exercise I can even though it is not much.
    It is so great to see the work you are doing, keep it up as there are a lot of people with this condition who have just given up, I have met some.
    I will be contacting my surgeons to let them know of this website.
    All the best,
    Gordon Fidler

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    1. Thanks for your lovely feedback Gordon… (and thanks to you Sister for reaching out from NZ).
      I’m sorry to read of your own frustrations. Looking for solutions can really ‘do your head in’ sometimes…. it seems that only consistency with voice disorders…is their variation and inconsistency.
      We are proud to be building the network and bringing together those professionals who are passionate about understanding more, and finding some answers …at the same time as connecting with, and supporting those of us who are affected and as you say ‘giving up’.
      I appreciate you sharing our progress and the website amongst your own networks.
      Warm regards Louise

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