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Dear ASSBI colleagues,

There are a lot of your colleagues out there wanting your help, have a look and see if you can help out. WFNR have also announced that the Franz Gerstenbrand Award 2020 is now open for entries worldwide

Seeking survey participants

As part of my Masters of Speech Pathology research project I am investigating what communication supports are offered to informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease. I aim to understand what support is being offered, at what stage of diagnosis communication support is offered and at what stage of disease. I will be making comparisons about supported offered in each state and between rural and metropolitan caregivers. I will also be gathering information about changes to caregiver's quality of life associated with communication challenges. 

If you know anyone caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease, I would be very grateful if you could forward the survey link.

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and answers are anonymous. Full participant information is included on the introduction page of the survey. Human Research Ethics Committe approval has been granted.

Please Click Here to view the survey.

Thank you so much!
Kate Cardwell


Developing programme of research and teaching in acquired brain injury and meuropsychology

I'm a senior lecturer at Otago University in Wellington, where we are looking to develop a programme of research and teaching in acquired brain injury and neuropsychology. I have a strong commitment to co-design/co-production and am keen to develop a stronger service user 'voice' in the brain injury/neuropsychology teaching and literature. To help with this, I'd be extremely interested in connecting with people with brain injuries who may have skills or passion in research, teaching or policy, who could help me develop this work. We are at a very early stage so don't (yet) have any funding for this, so I'm hoping that there are people out there who might be interested in helping me to build it from scratch. 

If that sounds like you or someone you know, please get in touch! You can reach me at paul.skirrow@otago.ac.nz

Many thanks,

Paul Skirrow

Designing Virtual Reality for Aphasia Therapy

We’re looking for people with aphasia, their family and speech pathologists to help us design Virtual Reality applications to practice communication. Short (15 minute) online aphasia-friendly survey and optional interview.

Who is doing the research?

Dr Lucy Bryant, Dr Emma Power, and Henry Keegan, a speech pathology student at UTS.

Who can participate?

Anyone with aphasia, or with a family member with aphasia, or any speech pathologist who works with people with aphasia.

Click Here for more information and to access the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Dr Lucy Bryant, Speech Pathology at Lucy.Bryant@uts.edu.au, or ring (02) 9514 7189.


Lucy Bryant

Speech pathology practice with spoken discourse after traumatic brain injury: survey

You are invited to participate in an anonymous survey to investigate speech pathology management of spoken discourse after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Spoken discourse, such as telling anecdotes, giving opinions or engaging in conversation, is one of the main areas affected after TBI. The research aims to increase knowledge of current speech pathology assessment and treatment of spoken discourse after TBI, to guide future research and help improve services for people with TBI. We are looking for speech pathologists (in Australia and internationally) to take part in the survey, which should take less than thirty minutes. After the survey, if you are interested there is a link to register your interest in further research, as we will be conducting interviews in the future with speech pathologists about discourse and TBI. We would also appreciate it if you could share this invitation and link widely with other speech pathologists with experience of working with adults with TBI.  Please note, you do not need extensive knowledge or experience in this area to participate, as we are seeking a range of perspectives.

The research is being conducted at the University of Newcastle, NSW, by Dr Joanne Steel, Dr Liz Spencer, and Ms Ivania Coluccio, as part of ongoing research into spoken discourse management after TBI. If you have any questions about this research, please contact Dr Joanne Steel at Joanne.Steel@newcastle.edu.au, or ring (+612) 40553011. This research has been ethically approved by the University of Newcastle. Full information about the study, and consent to participate, will be shown on the weblink prior to entering the survey. Click Here to access the Survey.


Dr Joanne Steel, Dr Liz Spencer and Ms Ivania Coluccio

The Social Brain Toolkit project: Online brain injury conversation skills training study

In the next phase of our icare-funded project, our team will be starting a study investigating an online TBI conversation skills training program. This study has been approved through the Western Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee. 

We are now looking for people with brain injury and their communication partners who would be interested in participating in this online conversation skills program.

What the study involves:

Volunteering for this study would involve both the person with brain injury and a family member, friend or carer participating together. The program involves:

  • Working through some weekly learning activities on an iPad about improving conversation skills
  • Having a weekly 1 hour telehealth session with a speech pathologist from the University of Sydney
  • Completing some different kinds of assessments about communication and conversations.
  • Giving feedback about the program.
  • This would continue for 10 weeks (September through to November 2020).

Who can participate?

The key inclusion criteria for this study are:

  • Moderate-severe brain injury (either traumatic or non-traumatic) at least six months previously
  • Significant social communication deficits
  • Have a communication partner (family member, friend, or carer) who is able to participate in all sessions
  • 18-70 years old
  • Adequate English proficiency to complete assessments and intervention sessions without an interpreter
  • Functional reading skills in English

If you have a client who would like further information about the program, they can get in touch with me on 0402 159 516 or rachael.rietdijk@sydney.edu.au

Many thanks,

Rachael Rietdijk, Post-doctoral Research Associate / Project Manager (The Social Brain Toolkit) 

Recruiting for CREST Concussion Study 

The Neurotrauma team at Curtin University and the Perron Institute, led by Professor Lindy Fitzgerald, are currently recruiting participants for an exciting new study on concussion- the CREST Concussion REcovery STudy. This study is the largest of its kind in Western Australia and involves a range of techniques that are at the forefront of concussion research.

The aim of the study is to identify factors which may predict individuals at increased risk of delayed recovery following concussion to better manage treatment and improve recovery. 

Within the past 7 days have you sustained a concussion injury from any cause (e.g. falls, transport accidents, sports-related concussions), been diagnosed by a medical doctor and aged between 18-65 years? 

For more information or to see if you are eligible, please email concussionstudy@curtin.edu.au or phone 0466 526 849. 

Memory-SuSTAIN program

Referrals are now open for stroke survivors experiencing memory difficulties anywhere in Australia to participate in a telehealth memory group  as part of the Memory-SuSTAIN study being run through La Trobe and Monash Universities. This includes:

  • A FREE 6-week memory skills group run by a clinical neuropsychologist via Zoom
  • After completing the memory group, participants will receive either:
    • Booster sessions with a clinical neuropsychologist using Zoom
    • SMS/email reminders of helpful memory strategies OR
    • No further treatment (i.e., usual practice)
  • Participants will also complete a series of assessments over Zoom to measure outcomes.

If you have anyone you would like to refer, please contact Dr David Lawson (research officer) on d.lawson@latrobe.edu.au or principal investigator Dr Dana Wong on d.wong@latrobe.edu.au

Speech pathology for adults following traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Our research team are exploring the lived experiences of adults when receiving speech pathology services in community settings (e.g. community-rehabilitation services, day hospital, private practice). The study is open to adults following TBI and/or their significant others who received services in Australia or New Zealand and involves a one hour interview using video conferencing. All participants can go into a draw to win a $50 Coles/Myer or Farmers voucher.
For more information about the study go to 
https://sites.google.com/griffithuni.edu.au/speechpathologystudy/home  or contact Crystal Kelly (crystal.kelly@griffith.edu.au). GU ref no: 2019/512

Light Therapy for ABI Study

We are currently seeking referrals for a randomised controlled trial evaluating the impact of in-home light therapy on post-brain injury fatigue, as well as daytime sleepiness, sleep quality and mood. The study entails 7 study visits over a 5-6 month period in the participant's home and exposure to a tailored light therapy program. Ceiling lights and lamps are installed by a certified electrician, using participant's pre-existing fixtures. 

It is for adults aged 18+ who:

  • Have had a TBI (mild, moderate or severe) OR
  • Stroke
  • Reports experiencing significant fatigue
  • Is 3+ months post-injury (participants may also be many years post-injury eg. 20-30 years).
  • Lives within the greater Melbourne area (up to 2 hr drive).

The study has been developed at Monash University in conjunction with the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre (MERRC) by Professors Jennie Ponsford, Shantha Rajaratnam, Steven Lockley and myself. The project has been approved by the Epworth HealthCare Human Research Ethics Committee.

If you would like any further information or would like to refer a potential participant, please don’t hesitate to contact me at laura.connolly@monash.edu or 0419 372 468. Download the flyer here

Monash University is seeking the views and experience of health practitioners who have treated and supported individuals recovering from major trauma injury. 
Many people have long-term ongoing rehabilitation needs after they sustain major trauma injury. There are a number of rehabilitation services that may be needed. The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of practitioners delivering services to people who have returned to the community following major trauma and require ongoing assistance.

How can you help?

If you are a practitioner who has helped at least one person to ‘get back on track’ after a major trauma injury, we’d like you to complete a 15-minute online survey about your experience. The survey is completed anonymously, and will ask you questions about:

  • The types of services you provide to major trauma survivors
  • Your confidence in providing these services
  • What training, education and/or support you have when treating major trauma survivors
  • Whether there are difficulties in providing access to your services, and
  • The methods you use to provide any of your services (e.g. telehealth)We are keen to hear from a wide range of health practitioners, including:
    • Allied Health Assistants
    • Counsellors
    • Exercise Physiologists
    • General Practitioners
    • Neurologists
    • Nurses
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Personal Care Attendants
    • Physiotherapists
    • Psychiatrists
    • Psychologists
    • Rehabilitation Consultant/Physicians
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellors
    • Social Workers
    • Speech Therapists
    • AND any other practitioners who are assisting individuals with major trauma injury

How do you participate?

To go to the survey, follow the link:  http://tiny.cc/yc1jdz

To complete the survey by telephone, call (03) 9902 0272 when ready, or email injury.ruralresearch@monash.edu to arrange a time for call-back.

The project has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC). Project ID number: 18016.



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