Get involved

We have many different projects happening – please get in touch with us to be involved!

 

Our current projects include:

Conversation skills training for people with acquired brain injury

convers-ABI-lity is a 10 week program for people with ABI and their communication partners (family, friends and support workers) to develop skills for most conversations together. The program involves self-guided activities and videocall sessions with a speech pathologist.

We are looking for people with ABI anywhere in Australia to participate in the program for a research study.

For more information, contact Dr Rachael Rietdijk on rachael.rietdijk@sydney.edu.au or register your interest here.

Focus Group: Online Brain Injury Rehabilitation

We are creating an online treatment to improve communication skills between a person with a brain injury and the people around them. Our PhD student at UTS, Melissa Miao, is asking a range of people to take part in an online focus group to discuss what the most important issues are when using or providing this treatment online.

Who can participate? People:

  • who have a brain injury
  • who are communication partners of a person with a brain injury (family, friends)
  • with experience providing treatment to someone with brain injury
  • who are a stakeholders in healthcare services (e.g. managers, policymakers)
  • with research expertise in brain injury or digital health.

For more information, please contact Melissa Miao on melissa.miao@uts.edu.au.

Focus Group: Virtual Reality in TBI Rehabilitation

We’re looking for speech-language pathologists with experience in TBI rehabilitation to participate in online focus groups to discuss the potential use of virtual reality for managing cognitive-communication disorders.

If you are interested in participating in this study, click on this link for more information https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=XLKPYNRLFX.

If you would like to discuss this study further, please contact Sophie Brassel on sbra2357@uni.sydney.edu.au.

 

 

Survey: Social Media & Brain Injury Rehabilitation

We are looking for rehabilitation professionals who work with people after acquired brain injury (ABI) to share with us their experiences of working with people after their ABI and how they use social media after their injury.

If you are interested in participating, please click the following link to the survey (which contains the online information statement and consent form) https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=XF74HALFFE.

If you would like to discuss this study further, please contact Dr Melissa Brunner on melissa.brunner@sydney.edu.au.

Participate in Social Media Training

We are looking for people who have an acquired brain injury who are interested in learning more about using social media after their injury.

We are asking people to:

  • complete an online social media training course (2 hours), and
  • practice their social media skills in a closed Facebook group (for 12 weeks).

If you would like to find out more about the study, please contact Dr Melissa Brunner on melissa.brunner@sydney.edu.au.

You can review the information statement for this study here: Facebook Groups Information

Interview: Self-Representation on Social Media by People with Neurological Conditions

person holding smartphone, coloured lights reflecting off the phone

We are looking for people who have an acquired neurological condition (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia) to share some of their social media posts with us and take part in an interview to talk about their social media profile/s and posts.

Dr Melissa Brunner (University of Sydney) and Dr Catherine Talbot (Bournemouth University) are doing a research study to find out more about how people with a brain injury or dementia share their identity in social media.

If you are interested in participating, please click the following link to the survey (which contains the online information statement and consent form) https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=47AME8LJWN.

If you would like to discuss this study further, please contact Dr Melissa Brunner on melissa.brunner@sydney.edu.au.

Video Advocacy Project: Brain Injury Stories

We are looking for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their family members and friends to help us make educational videos about communication after brain injury.

For more information, contact Dr Rachael Rietdijk on rachael.rietdijk@sydney.edu.au

TBI Research Registry

If you would like to stay informed or be involved in our future research projects, please contact Professor Leanne Togher on leanne.togher@sydney.edu.au to be included in our TBI Research Registry.

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research Registry is a contact list to support our research to improve services for people with communication difficulties after a traumatic brain injury, their family members, and friends.