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.

For more information, contact Dr Rachael Rietdijk on

Participate in training to improve social media skills after brain injury

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 8 weeks).

If you’d like to do the course you can sign up for access on the social-ABI-lity page.

If you would like to find out more about the course or the Facebook groups, please contact Dr Melissa Brunner on

A tool to improve your interactions with people with a brain injury

interact-ABI-lity is a free short course designed for family members, friends, support workers, and professionals working in brain injury.

  • Hear from people with a brain injury and their family members
  • Learn about communication changes
  • Learn how to support people with their communication
  • Gain a certificate of completion

Read more about the course and sign up for access on the interact-ABI-lity page.

For more information, contact Dr Rachael Rietdijk on


Try out some Virtual Reality apps & tell us what you think: Virtual Reality in TBI Rehabilitation

two people wearing virutal reality goggles

We’re looking for people with traumatic brain injury and speech pathologists in Sydney to trial and provide feedback about using virtual reality (VR) for assessing conversation skills. Participating in this study involves:

  • Completing some communication assessments via Zoom (participants with TBI only)
  • Testing VR apps with the research team at The University of Sydney Camperdown campus
  • Providing feedback about the VR apps and tasks.

If you would like more information about this study, please contact Sophie Brassel on

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)

If you would like to discuss this study further, please contact Dr Melissa Brunner on

Survey for speech pathologists: Discourse elicitation after TBI

We are asking Australian speech pathologists to tell us their views on visuals used in discourse elicitation tasks for adults after traumatic brain injury.

The survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete and can be accessed here (which includes all study information and consent form):

Please share this link with other Australian speech pathologists you feel would be interested in contributing to this research.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact Dr Joanne Steel at

TBI Research Registry

If you would like to stay informed or be involved in our future research projects, please contact Professor Leanne Togher on 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.