AITHM scientists are focused on improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians and translating outcomes into improved healthcare outcomes.
This longitudinal study will document cognitive health, wellbeing and recovery during the six-month transition period from hospital to home following traumatic brain injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in northern Australia, and their families. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience much higher rates of TBI than the mainstream Australian population. Despite this, there have been no systematic studies regarding what is needed to support Indigenous Australians to successfully transition back into their community following traumatic brain injury. This study follows on from an earlier study by
The six-month transition period following discharge from hospital after a traumatic brain injury is critical. Research in the non-Indigenous population demonstrates that the transition period is typically when difficulties such as fitting back into the community, re-forming and maintaining social roles and relationships, gaining independence and securing employment
This study aims to document the occurrence, predictors
- Understand the experiences of Indigenous Australians in the 6 months after brain injury
- Understand cognitive and psychosocial outcomes after injury
- Identify service provision needs
- Determine rates of emergency department presentation and
hospitalisationrates for head injury and traumatic brain injury in Indigenous compared to non-Indigenous Australians in northern Australia
The identified areas of unmet needs and barriers to
The research will focus on northern Australia, including the Northern Territory’s Top End and north Queensland (including
The Indigenous traumatic brain injury project: the transition from hospital to home is funded by the by the National Health & Medical Research Council (Project #1081947).
The team of collaborating investigators has a combination of expertise, skills and an exceptional track record providing a unique opportunity to improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians with traumatic brain injury.
DrIndia Bohanna, College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Science, James Cook University DrJohn Gilroy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
- Professor Alan Clough, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University
- Professor Jennifer Fleming, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland
- Professor Paul Maruff, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
- Professor Adrian Esterman, Sansom Institute for Health Research; School of Nursing and Midwifery,
Universityof South Australia and AustralianInstitute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University
For further information about the project please contact:
Telephone: 0427 445 162
Dr Michelle Fitts
Telephone: 0412 216 264