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Southern Queensland Aboriginal Community Project

´╗┐Enhancing Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities

Description  
This new ABIOS project was developed based on evidence gained from a 3 year Participatory Action Research Project working with two remote communities in Cape York, to develop an improved model of community based rehabilitation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), their families and communities. The current project aims to implement and evaluate this service model within a community in Southern Queensland.

Rationale  
The injury rate (ABI) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People is at least three times the rate among non-indigenous people yet there is an under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with ABI utilising both inpatient and community rehabilitation services. ABIOS research as well as previous work with a number of other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities indicates that in the provision of ABI services, different communities have considerably different needs, service preferences, and community responses to these needs.  Given the poor health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples generally, a coordinated and culturally appropriate system of care following ABI must be developed in collaboration with communities, recognising the importance of both family support and knowledge about brain injury.

Participants  
Southern Queensland Aboriginal community, including adults with ABI and their families/carers.

Key Features And Anticipated Outcomes  
The project aims to increase the capacity of this community to support community members with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families, through partnership with key community agencies in training and support of local health and disability workers.
It also aims to increase access to medical, rehabilitation, disability and support services for adults with ABI and their families and increase the capacity of this community by increasing knowledge of ABI, including prevention. ABIOS will work in collaboration with the key partners, the community and the local workers.

For Further Information
Contact Susan and Sharon


Last Updated: 30 September 2013
Last Reviewed: 30 September 2013