The incidence of brain injury from stroke and trauma is higher in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples than in non-Indigenous Australians, however there is under-representation of Aboriginal people in rehabilitation services. This research will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with an acquired communication disorder following brain injury to
- develop an understanding of individual’s perceptions of rehabilitation services; and
- test the feasibility and acceptability of a culturally tailored model of rehabilitation delivered via one of two modes: face to face or using telehealth technology.
The participant (and family members if appropriate) will be interviewed about their experience of stroke and services provided, their ACD, and expectations and priorities for therapy.
The impact of the research for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the study will be measured by gaining the perspectives of the participant and their family members on the therapy provided, the mode of service delivery used, i.e. face to face or using telehealth technology, and their thoughts on any change in everyday communication. We will also be looking to see if individuals in the study are able to communicate more effectively following their participation in the study.
The study is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019 and aims to contribute to the development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce through the employment of an Aboriginal Research Assistant and the formation of a reference group that includes people who have a disability or have a family member with a disability. Through knowledge translation activities we aim to contribute to building the capacity of speech pathologists, and other health professionals, in providing cultural secure health services.