Aphasia Research Group
Aphasia is a chronic language impairment involving talking, understanding, reading and/or writing, which affects approximately one third of stroke survivors. Compared to non-aphasic stroke patients, individuals with aphasia have poorer outcomes, including an increased prevalence of depression, social isolation and reduced quality of life.
Our research aims to investigate rehabilitation issues relevant to aphasia including impairment-level therapies, enhancing social participation, measurement of outcomes, strategies for living successfully with aphasia and investigation of alternative management options (i.e. telerehabilitation, mHealth, self-management).
Our research involves individuals with aphasia and their families and friends across the continuum of care from acute hospitalisation, rehabilitation, and community reintegration.
support clinical research leading to improved health outcomes for Australians with acquired communication disability following stroke and traumatic brain injury
foster training of clinical researchers leading to increased research capacity in aphasia and health services
ensure effective translation of research evidence to practice.
Key research activities
Measurement of outcomes in aphasia
Development of impairment-level therapies
Strategies for living successfully with aphasia
Use of technology in aphasia management (telerehabilitation, mHealth)
Supporting social participation and community integration
Professor Linda Worrall
P: (07) 3365 2891
F: (07) 3365 1877