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Yarning Together: Developing a culturally secure rehabilitation approach for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury

Yarning Together will work with Aboriginal Australians with an acquired communication disorder (ACD) following brain injury, from stroke and traumatic brain injury. The project will extend our team’s innovative Wangi (talking) study and will look at further developing our culturally secure model of speech pathology treatment that incorporates diagnostic assessment with a piloted culturally sensitive assessment tool. This treatment protocol includes sessions conducted by a Speech Pathologist and an Aboriginal co-worker and integrates a ‘yarning’ framework.  We will also be looking at testing the feasibility of delivering the protocol via telehealth.

The research

The project aims to:

  • Develop an understanding of the perceptions of rehabilitation services that Aboriginal Australians with an acquired brain injury currently have.
  • Test the feasibility and acceptability of a culturally tailored model of rehabilitation delivered via one of two modes: face-to-face or using telehealth technology.

Incorporation of in-depth interviews with Aboriginal brain injury survivors, their family members, and the study based Aboriginal co-workers will directly tap values and knowledges regarding our model.  This will inform future development of the approach and its clinical translation, and will shed light on Aboriginal brain injury survivors’ journeys towards recovery.

Funding body

The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC (Lowitja Institute CRC)


Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone
Professor Beth Armstrong
Dr Mick Adams
Professor Dawn Bessarab, University of Western Australia
Associate Professor Deborah Hersh
Ms Meaghan McAllister
Associate Professor Erin Godecke
Professor Juli Coffin, Notre Dame University

For further information about the project, please contact:

Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2047


Dr Jane White
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3652

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