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The Rural Clinical School has relocated to the WACRH building. They can be found upstairs in the main A frame.

Welcome RCS!!

  • WACRH Job Vacancy in Karratha!

    The WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) has opened a satellite office in the Karratha Central Health Superclinic and has created a unique opportunity for an academic to join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary academic team which is working to improve the health of rural, remote and Indigenous people in Western Australia. Read More
  • Neuro-education with Dr Judy Willis

    WORKSHOP: Understanding the brain's responses to emotion. Dr Judy Willis visiting Neurologist and Neuro-educational consultant from the US will be presenting two workshops at WACRH. Date: 1 & 2 June. Venue: WACRH, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Geraldton. Read More
  • Respiratory Clinical Update

    Respiratory Nurse Specialist Leanne Ross will be presenting her research on COPD screening and will cover the essentials of best practice for asthma and COPD management, including new therapies and guidelines. Date: Friday 29 April. Time: 6.30pm-8pm. Venue: WACRH, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Geraldton. Read More
  • Are YOU a Yamaji champion?

    Come and join us and show us how deadly you can become! If you are interested in being a Yamaji Champion please call Chonnie Bellottie on 9956 0236 for more information. Read More
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Missing Voices

Difficulties with yarning, thinking straight, understanding, reading, using hand signs and communicating are common after a person has a stroke or an injury to their brain. They might have trouble talking and doing simple things like asking for a cup of tea, calling out to their family, understanding shows on television or using the telephone. These difficulties are called Acquired Communication Disorders (ACD) and can really upset a person’s life and the life of their family and community.
Aboriginal people are experiencing more strokes and brain injuries than non-Aboriginal people each year. However, Aboriginal people don’t seem to be getting the same help for ACD after a stroke or brain injury than non-Aboriginal people. We would like to find out more about why this is happening.

WACRH, UWA and Edith Cowan University are exploring the topic in a bid to improve care for Aboriginal patients who experience communication difficulties after being affected by a stroke or other traumatic brain injury.

The Missing Voices project team is made up of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers from Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia/Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health and Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service.
The aims of the Missing Voices project are:
 
  • To find out how many Aboriginal people in Western Australia develop an Acquired Communication Disorder (ACD) after stroke or brain injury
  • Develop a culturally appropriate screening tool that can be used by Aboriginal Health Workers, Doctors and Speech Pathologists to identify people with ACD so they don’t miss out on help and services.
  • Describe the current state of services for Aboriginal people with ACD in Western Australia.
  • Develop alternative ways of giving services and help to Aboriginal people with ACD. These services would be culturally appropriate and easy for people to access. The ideas for services will come from what Aboriginal people with ACD and their families tell us. The ideas will also come from talking with the local Aboriginal Health Workers, the Doctors and the Speech Pathologists

A screening tool will be developed with the help of Aboriginal Health Workers and Aboriginal people with ACD. This tool will help to make sure that Aboriginal people with ACD are identified. They might then be able to get some of the help they need. Right now, their voices are missing. We want to hear their stories.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Upcoming Events

Friday
27
May
Starts at: 08:30

Health careers day for years 10 & 11.

for more information contact edsim-wacrh@uwa.edu.au

or phone 99560 210

Wednesday
01
Jun
WACRH
Starts at: 09:00

Dr Judy Willis presents" Understanding the brain;s responses to emotion and the strategies that promote the motivation & growth mindset"

This a 3 hour introductory workshop for those involved with children in their early years.

For more information see the flyer

RSVP to admin-wacrh@uwa.edu.au

or phone 99560200

Thursday
02
Jun
WACRH
Starts at: 18:00

This is an introductory presentation for clincians. For more information  see the flyer

RSVP to  admin-wacrh@uwa.edu.au

or phone 99560200