Leanne Togher in Conversation with Richard Fidler

Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:10

Speech pathologist Professor Leanne Togher restores communication to people who've suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Leanne is a communications disorder specialist at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences.

From very early in her career, she has worked with people suffering a sudden loss of language as the result of an acquired brain injury.

In the majority of cases, patients with aphasia are young men who've been in motor accidents.

Leanne's work in the Brain Injury Unit at the Lidcombe Hospital led her to examine the way family members, friends and others can improve a patient's 'everyday' communication.

She found that it's often the 'able' partner in a conversation who creates blocks to understanding.

Listen to the conversation at ABC Local Radio.


BIA's Speech to the 2014 conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment

Monday, 12 May 2014 05:49

Brain Injury Australia Executive Officer, Nick Rushworth's, speech night to the 2014 conference dinner of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) in Fremantle, Western Australia - Friday 9 May:

" is hard for me to imagine - as it must have been for this young woman after her two years' worth of recovery - a literally hope-less physiotherapy, speech therapy, therapies delivered…in despair. Surely, one of, perhaps the core aim of any therapy is to enable the client, and his or her family, in hope - realistic hope - for as long as possible?" Read the full speech here...


Social workers can help patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries

Thursday, 08 May 2014 19:58

A 20-minute conversation with a social worker has the potential to significantly reduce the functional decline of those diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. More than a million people are treated for mild traumatic brain injuries in U.S. hospitals and emergency rooms each year. Yet few receive appropriate psychological and social follow-up care that can make the difference in whether or not they fully recover.  

Read more on the ScienceDaily website.


Artists tell stories of brain injury in Warrnambool laneway display

Sunday, 04 May 2014 08:43

WARRNAMBOOL’S successful Laneway Festivals will continue to revitalise the CBD’s forgotten corners with another event this weekend combining art and horticulture.

Saturday’s instalment of the Hidden Histories Laneway Festival series unveils a permanent hanging wall garden in Ozone Walk as well as featuring the Come Sit A While With Me exhibition.

Put together by Well For Life project facilitators Julie Poi and Becky Nevin-Berger, Come Sit A While With Me features the stories of seven people who have suffered brain injuries, as told through their own artwork.  

Read the full story on the Warrnambool Standard's website.


PET scans could predict extent of recovery from brain injury, trials shows

Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:47

Doctors believe they may have found a reliable way to assess whether patients in a vegetative state after a severe brain injury are likely to wake up, raising ethical questions about the best treatment for those in an unresponsive state.

In a hospital trial, brain scans using PET technology – positron emission tomography – identified hidden levels of consciousness in a third of patients who had been unresponsive and diagnosed as in a vegetative state for more than a year. Most of these "woke up" or moved to a more responsive state within 12 months.

The results of the four-year trial – which took place in a specialist hospital in Belgium, with patients from all over Europe including the UK – raise ethical questions and could change clinical practice.

Read the full story on The Guardian website.


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