CDC Research Projects
The CDC research program revolves around the centre’s mission of enhancing the quality of life of people across the lifespan, with particular focus on those affected by communication disability.
- The World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is used as a theoretical framework shaping research within the centre
- Key areas for research include: adult hearing impairment, adult neurogenic communication disorders, and paediatric communication disorders.
Adult Hearing Impairment:
- Methods for improving the uptake and outcomes of hearing rehabilitation by adults – projects supported by grant money from the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) rehabilitation intervention decision making in older adults with hearing loss
- The influence of pre-fitting counseling about realistic hearing aid expectations on hearing aid outcomes
- Third-party disability in the spouses of older adults with hearing impairment
For more information about projects in the area of hearing impairment please contact Louise Hickson (co-director).
Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders:
- Development of a clinical pathway for aphasia rehabilitation within Australia – projects supported by the Clinical Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation
- Investigating the concept of aphasia friendly patient-education materials and environments
- Investigating the goals of people with aphasia, their families and their speech pathologists
- Exploring the meaning of living successfully with aphasia for people with aphasia, their families and speech pathologists
The Communication Research Registry:
Paediatric Communication Disorders:
- Exploring the views of parents and professionals working with children who have cerebral palsy and complex communication needs of these children in hospital.
- Investigating the benefits of cochlear implantation for children with hearing impairment
- Investigating speech and language outcomes for children with hearing impairment
- The design and evaluation of a post discharge education and support package for stroke clients and their carers
- Evaluation of aural rehabilitation services for adults in Malaysia.