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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. Deadline for entries is now 31st December.

WFNR FRANZ GERSTENBRAND AWARD 2020

Closing date 31st December 2020


The deadline for this year’s WFNR Franz Gerstenbrand Award, worth £3000 to the winner, is the 31 st December 2020.


The Award, named after Professor Franz Gerstenbrand in recognition of his contribution to neurorehabilitation, recognises and rewards a neurorehabilitation project that has benefitted patients. It is open to WFNR members and non-members worldwide.


The entries for the WFNR Award must demonstrate a difference to patient outcomes and can involve any aspect of neurorehabilitation, such as a patient or clinic management initiative, research project, best practice development or the use of a new technological development. Entries are encouraged from individuals under the age of 35 years who are clinicians, researchers or allied health professionals and currently working in neurorehabilitation. The work described must be completed and have already produced results, or been published in the last 12 months.


The Award is for a travel bursary to a clinical/scientific conference, professional development course or research project. For further information and an application form please Click Here.


Survey of rehabilitation professionals' experiences of social media use after acquired brain injury (ABI)


Dr Melissa Brunner and Prof Leanne Togher are conducting a survey and are interested in hearing from health professionals who work with people in rehabilitation after ABI, who are willing to take part in research about the use of social media.


This survey specifically aims to determine:

         How social media is used during rehabilitation after ABI;

         Any problems people with ABI experience in using social media;

         Barriers and facilitators to using social media in ABI rehabilitation; and

         The role of health professionals in supporting the use of social media in ABI rehabilitation.


The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will provide information about the current and future scope of practice with regards to using social media after an ABI, as well as the enablers and barriers to supporting people in its use.


Findings from this research will further inform rehabilitation pathways, including the design and development of online tools and resources, to support people with ABI in their use of social media as a form of communication, and to provide guidance for rehabilitation professionals in clinical practice.


The participant information statement and consent form are available by Clicking Here


Please contact Melissa if you have any questions about the study.

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: 2020/510

Contact Name: Melissa Brunner 

Email: melissa.brunner@sydney.edu.au

Have you ever wondered whether older adults’ performance on cognitive testing reflects their actual abilities?  


Dear ASSBI members,


My name is Giverny Parker and I am completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, under the supervision of Professor Tamara Ownsworth. My research seeks to understand the various factors that might contribute to older adults’ performance on cognitive tests and practices which may help to facilitate their optimal performance. Such insights may contribute to practice recommendations for health professionals conducting cognitive assessments with older adults.


To help us achieve this important objective, please consider participating in a 15-minute survey on your perceptions and practices regarding cognitive assessment of older adults. Any health professional with experience in conducting cognitive assessments with older adults is eligible to participate. The study has received ethical clearance by Griffith University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (GU HREC Ref No: 2020/636).


Participation is voluntary and your responses will be anonymous. You will be invited to enter a random prize draw to win 1 of 5 x $50 Amazon.com.au eGift Cards.If you are interested in learning more and taking part, please Click Here


Thank you for your time.


Yours sincerely,


Giverny Parker

Psychologist and HDR Candidate – Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University

Mt Gravatt, Australia

Email: giverny.parker@griffithuni.edu.au


Latest updates from the co-designed CyberABIility CyberABIility Project

While cyberscams can happen to anyone, people with ABI may be more at risk. Social restrictions due to Covid-19 have led to people spending more time online, and unfortunately, reports of cyberscams have soared during this time. This year, Dr Kate Gould and her research team at Monash University have been listening to the stories of people with ABI and their family members who have generously offered to speak about their cyberscam experiences. Thank you to everyone in the ASSBI community who has taken part. The findings reinforced that romance scams are one of the key scam types for people with ABI, and that they cause both financial loss and distress for the person with ABI as well as conflict with their families. Family members said they struggled to help the person with ABI recognise the scam and stop engaging with the scammer. A clear need was identified for tailored ways to help people with ABI learn about staying safe online. The CyberABIility team is grateful to receive funding from the TAC Small Grants program which will enable the creation of an online cybersafety training program designed with and for people with ABI. The inclusion of videos of individuals sharing their lived experiences of scams after ABI will be a powerful and relatable method to help people understand and connect with the importance cyberscam prevention. There will be opportunities for people with ABI to help with the design and trialling of the online resources.

If you would like to know more about the project, stay up to date, or get involved, please register your interest at www.cyberability.org.au.

You can also follow Dr Kate Gould on twitter: @THINKFULLY_ and follow our hashtag #CyberAbility

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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