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.

Team members

Group leader

Team members

Dr Annie Hill
Dr Brooke Ryan
Dr Caitlin Brandenburg
Professor David Copland
Dr Tanya Rose
Dr Emma Finch

RHD Candidates

Abby Foster
Alexia Rohde
Bernadette Matthias
Caroline Baker
Edna Babbit
Felicity Bright
Jade Dignam
Kirstine Shrubsole
Kylie Wall
Lucy Lanyon
Megan Trebilcock
Leana O’Byrne
Rachelle Pitt
Sarah Wallace
Wendy Hurley

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
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