Completed projects

  • Collaboration partner: The Hopkins Centre

    Commenced November 2021 – completed July, 2023

    Project Lead: Professor Louise Gustafsson.

    The aim of the project was to conduct a needs assessment of the assistive technology sector in Queensland, establishing the normative, comparative, expressed and felt needs of funding body representatives, service providers/health professionals and recipients of assistive technology.

    There were three key needs identified for the AT sector in Queensland including: greater transparency and more publicly available information from the regulatory bodies, agencies, and schemes that manage the provision of AT, including the operationalisaton of ‘reasonable and necessary’; capacity and capability building of the AT advisor workforce; and improved access to AT for trial. It is proposed that these are essential to address many of the challenges, frustrations, and delays currently experienced in the sector.

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  • Collaboration partner: Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association 

    Commenced August 2021 – completed August 2023

    Project Leads: David Bartholomaeus and Jacqueline Kelly (Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association). 

    The project aimed to improve the health outcomes for hospital inpatients with traumatic brain (TBI) and spinal cord injuries (SCI) through participation in sport and active recreation activities during their inpatient stay. It provided opportunities for linkages to community sport and recreation activities for patients following their post-hospital stay. 

    The project built on and enhanced a previous program developed and run by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association through the Princess Alexandra Hospital brain and spinal cord injury services. An evaluation framework was embedded in the project design.

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  • Collaboration partner: University of Queensland
    Commenced May 2021 – completed December 2022

    Research team: Professor Jennifer Fleming, Dr Emma Doig, Dr Anna Copley, Dr Emma Finch, Professor Julie Henry.

    The project addressed the capacity building needs of Queensland cognitive rehabilitation providers who work with people with a brain injury. The project team was then able to use the information gathered to develop and evaluate a capacity building program for providers. 

    It will produce real benefits for NIISQ participants and the Scheme including:

    • building provider capability and capacity across Queensland in cognitive rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury
    • facilitation of evidence-based intervention, improved health outcomes and achievement of functional and participation goals for NIISQ participants
    • providing an opportunity to provide pilot data and lay the groundwork for a scaled-up provider capacity building program.

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Last updated: May 2024