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Stroke Society Australasia's Scientific Award for Dr Erin Godeke

Monday, 24 October 2011

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A State Health Research and Advisory Council (SHRAC - 2009) funded study investigating early post-stroke aphasia therapy won the Nursing and Allied Health Scientific Award at the recent 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia in September in Adelaide.

Up to 35% of stroke survivors lose language skills with a condition called aphasia, which affects their ability to communicate, impacting on speech, understanding, reading and writing. Aphasia results in the inability to or difficulty participating in social interactions, conversations with friends, family and severely impacts on the person’s everyday living.

The joint study between Royal Perth (Wellington St and Shenton Park campuses) and Osborne Park Hospital’s Speech Pathology Departments investigated the effects of providing a standard dose and type of early aphasia therapy. The study gained impressive results and showed that when people received early aphasia intervention, they had almost twice the improvement in accurate and efficient verbal communication than that expected of when people were treated with usual-care ward based therapy.

Chief Investigator of the study, ECU Post Doctoral Research Fellow Dr Erin Godecke who accepted the award on behalf of the team said “Early aphasia intervention is a new research area for Speech Pathology at ECU and is fast becoming a national leader in the field of aphasia research. This award is recognition of the outstanding work completed by the research team.”

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