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  • Be part of our Aboriginal Health Working Group

    We are seeking interest from Aboriginal people to be part of our working group. We want to ensure Aboriginal people are empowered partners who contribute to research that meets local and national health priorities and needs. We also hope that the working group will increase research ownership by the Aboriginal community and ensure research findings get to the right people to make a difference. Read More
  • Rural Student Vocational Experience

    Rural Health West and the WA Centre for RuralHealth are offering a fully funded rural vocational experience for first or second year students.The experience will focus on learning about interprofessional rural practice in Geraldton and will include a visit to the Mt Magnet community,health service visits, simulation education opportunites and clinical observation. Register here Read More
  • Better Heart Health

    Our team, in partnership with UWA and the WA Heart Foundation has recently released one of the most comprehensive reports that aims to further narrow the gap between rates of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heart disease deaths. 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

Wednesday
27
May
WACRH
Starts at: 08:30

This workshop is designed for nurses to update their knowledge on the care and management of vascular access devices. The program will present evidence-based practice guidelines for assessing and managing peripheral catheters,central venous catheters(CVC) peripherally inserted catheters(PICC), tunnelled devices such as Hickman Catheters and implantable devices such as Portacaths.

for Registered nurses and Enrolled nurses.

 

 

Thursday
28
May
WACRH
Starts at: 16:00

Tania Major is a kokoberra woman from the remote community of Kowanyama in Far North Queensland. she is recognised as a leader and advocate for Aboriginal people at both national and state levels, and witin the communiites of Cape York.

She was awarded the 2007 Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her work.

Tania will spoeak of her own experiences to show that by extending a hand to each other, all Australians can build strong bridges between cultures, and work towards change and reconcilitation.

rsvp to admin-wacrh@uwa.edu.au

sausage sizzle and light refreshments provided.

Wednesday
10
Jun
WACRH
Starts at: 09:00
Stress Management / BurnOut Prevention Workshop
This stress management / burn-outprevention workshop aims to help participants develop awareness of stress andits effects on performance in the workplace,
as well as on a personal level. This highly interactive 3.5 hour training exercise involves:
  • Learning about the physical and psychological impacts of the stress
  • Recognising personal stress signals
  • Developing personal coping resources to manage stress more effectively
  • Learning new stress management skills

See more information here: http://www.wacrh.uwa.edu.au/images/events/2015/stress%20management%2021%20may%20v2.pdf