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Project tackles communication disorders in rural settings

Date posted: 26 May 2014

The Missing voices project aims to examine the impact and extent of Aquired Communication Disorders (ACD) across Western Australia (WA) Aboriginal communities in Kalgoorlie, Albany, Perth, and Geraldton with sites to be confirmed in the Kimberley and Pilbara.

Founding Chair of Speech Pathology at Edith Cowan University and lead researcher Professor Beth Armstrong says little is known about Aboriginal Australians' experiences of communication difficulties after brain injury, relating to the impact on everyday life and social relationships.

A culturally sensitive communication tool has been developed in consultation with Aboriginal Health Workers, Language workers and Speech Pathologists to help with the research. But rather than being based on testing particular skills, it engages the person with ACD in a two-way conversation.

The assessor then rates the person's communication skills on a varitey of scales, Professor Armstrong said.

The research team is hoping to gain these insights by talking with Aboriginal people who have suffered from either condition, and their families, as well as a variety of health professionals.

Source: Medical Xpress


Last updated: 23 May 2014
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