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We are in the run for the Midwest Business Execellence Awards to be announed in June!!

 
 
  • We Won!! Mid West Business Excellence Awards

    The social and economic value that our student programs bring to our local communitites was recently recognised during this year's Business Awards. The Award is testament of WACRH's innovative and immersive placement, and is a credit to the Centre's Education Team for their passion and creativity.
  • 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. Applications close on the 30th of June. Read More
  • Student Academy and Pharmacy

    High School students from Geraldton recently learned about the importance of Pharmacy within the health care environment. They discovered practical skills relating to compounding medications, glucose suspension and the process involved in making topical creams.
  • 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
08
Jul
WACRH
Starts at: 12:30

Knowledge exchange and research translation, using the Better Aboriginal Heart Health WA project as case study.

Presented by Dr Judy Katzenellenbogen & Emma Haynes

BYO lunch .

rsvp: marketing-wacrh@uwa.edu.au

Tuesday
14
Jul
WACRH
Starts at: 14 Jul, 2015 TO 15 Jul, 2015 (all-day)

presented by Kate Rickerby.

Contact mwyellowribbon@westnet.com.au for further details.

Wednesday
15
Jul
WACRH
Starts at: 12:30

Cancer services around Australia for Indigenous Australians and the potential for sharing innovations

Presented by Emma Taylor

BYO lunch .

rsvp: marketing-wacrh@uwa.edu.au

Thursday
16
Jul
WACRH
Starts at: 09:00

Presented by Health Communication Resources:

As part of a Suicide Prevention Awareness project, there will be a series of workshops in Geraldton to develop community service announcements.  These will aim to raise awareness of suicide and mental health, as well as local risk factors such as alcohol and other drugs.  The local material developed will be broadcast through Radio MAMA.  Interested members of the Geraldton community are welcome to attend

Contact celeste@h-c-r.org to register your attendance

Wednesday
05
Aug
WACRH
Starts at: 12:30

Using Mobile Health to overcome access barriers for Cardiac Rehabilitation patients living in rural and remote areas .

Presented by Dr Sandy Hamilton

BYO lunch .

rsvp: marketing-wacrh@uwa.edu.au