Current Research Projects


 
 The Comparative Efficacy of Community Aphasia Groups for Living Well with Aphasia:

Added August 2016

La Trobe University is trialing their second community aphasia group soon! They will test a peer-facilitated group in terms of its outcomes on participant communication, participation, mood, social networks, knowledge of stroke and aphasia, carer burden, and overall satisfaction of with living with aphasia.

The group will run for 12 weeks with one 1.5 to 2-hour session per week. Family members are invited to attend sessions as they wish.

The team aims to recruit participants who:

  • are living in or near Sydney, NSW
  • have aphasia as a result of stroke
  • had their stroke at least 12 months ago
  • are not currently attending a stroke/aphasia group or receiving speech therapy
  • have a family member or close other who would be available to participate in assessment as a minimum requirement.

For further information, you can:

  • access the research information sheet within the Aphasia Community forum thread on Research Projects
  • contact Michelle Attard, Speech Pathologist/Researcher: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 0421 227 785
  • download information about this study here

 

 

COMPARE is recruiting:

Added February 2016

COMPARE is an Australian national randomised controlled trial. It aims to compare two types of intensive speech pathology treatments (Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy & Multi-modality Aphasia Therapy) to usual care, for people with aphasia 6 months to 15 years following stroke. Current trial sites are anticipated in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Hobart, and Perth.   

 

Calling all speech pathologists! 

  • Are you a motivated, enthusiastic speech pathologist?
  • Based in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Hobart, or Perth?
  • Keen to take part in a national aphasia therapy trial?

 

The COMPARE clinical trial is currently seeking blinded assessors and treating clinicians to work within the trial. COMPARE provide training and support, with flexible work hours. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to build your skills and gain clinical experience while learning about the research process! Expression of interest are welcomed from new graduates for blinded assessor roles. If you are interested in joining the team, complete the attached Expression of Interest form (Download PDF) and forward to the staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

People with aphasia 

  • Are you living with aphasia following stroke?
  • Has it been 6 months to 15 years since your stroke?
  • Would you like to take part in a national aphasia therapy trial?

COMPARE is seeking people with aphasia to take part in the clinical trial.

To find out if you are eligible and to learn more about the trial, please visit www.latrobe.edu.au/compare

For all trial enquiries:

  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Visit www.latrobe.edu.au/compare

 

Past Research Projects


  

The Feasibility and Impacts of a Community Health Service Initiated Community Aphasia Group:

Added July 2015

A new community aphasia group study is recruiting now in Melbourne! Seeking people with aphasia to participate in a research project investigating the impacts of a community aphasia group run at Merri Health Service in Moreland, in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.  

For further information, you can: 

  • Access the research information sheet within the Aphasia Community forum thread on Research Projects
  • Or click here to download (PDF) 

 

The Comparative Efficacy of Community Aphasia Groups for Living Well with Aphasia:

Added April 2015 

As part of her PhD studies at La Trobe University, Michelle Attard will soon be running a controlled trial comparing 3 types of community aphasia groups (trained volunteer- and peer-led; speech pathologist-led; joint speech pathologist/social worker-led) in terms of their outcomes on participant communication, mood, social networks, knowledge of stroke and aphasia, carer burden, and overall satisfaction of with living with aphasia. 

Each group will run for 12 weeks with one 2-hour session per week. Family members will attend the joint speech pathologist/social worker-led group, and will have the option to attend the volunteer- and peer-led group.

Michelle aims to recruit participants who: 

  • are living in or near Sydney, NSW
  • have aphasia as a result of stroke
  • had their stroke at least 12 months ago
  • are not currently attending an aphasia group or receiving speech therapy
  • have a family member or close other who would be available to participate in assessment as a minimum requirement .

  

Austin Health ICAP

Added April 2015

La Trobe University and Austin Health in Melbourne, Victoria are collaborating to provide a multi-faceted group program to promote improved communication participation, quality of life, social networking and mood for people with chronic aphasia.

The program, called the Austin Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (Austin ICAP) will be led by a qualified speech pathologist with the assistance of trained volunteers and final year speech pathology students. The Austin ICAP will consist of a music group, communication group, art group, aphasia advocacy group, a technology group, and a carer’s information and support group; and will be conducted 2 days per week over 3 months. The participants will also attend pre- and post-assessment.

 

Are you interested in participating in research?

 

Please register your interest in participating in research through:

The Communication Research Registry

The Communication Research Registry

https://www.crregistry.org.au