Vol­un­teers needed to put heads to­gether

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

BRIGHT­WA­TER’S Oats Street fa­cil­ity in East Vic­to­ria Park will be part of a study that could ben­e­fit peo­ple with ac­quired brain in­jury.

A UWA re­searcher is look­ing at how think­ing skills, such as mem­ory, can in­flu­ence peo­ple’s abil­ity to un­der­take sim­ple daily tasks.

The study needs up to 50 peo­ple aged 18 to 70 years to form a con­trol group for the study.

The work is be­ing led by UWA Masters psy­chol­ogy stu­dent and PhD can­di­date Fiona Al­lan­son, who was the in­au­gu­ral re­cip­i­ent of the Lyn Bea­z­ley Schol­ar­ship awarded by Bright­wa­ter in 2014.

“We have been work­ing very closely with the Oats Street team to de­sign this re­search in a way that has the po­ten­tial to make the cur­rent re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams even more ef­fec­tive,” she said.

The hope is that by de­vel­op­ing an un­der­stand­ing of the im­pact of think­ing skills such as prob­lem-solv­ing, rea­son­ing and plan­ning on ev­ery­day life in peo­ple with and with­out a brain in­jury, re­searchers will be able to de­velop bet­ter in­ter­ven­tion strate­gies to sup­port peo­ple such as clients at Oats Street.

Vol­un­teers for the study must never have sustained a head in­jury that has led to hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion or suf­fered from med­i­cal is­sues that af­fect the brain such as epilepsy.

Peo­ple must be able to travel to UWA or Bright­wa­ter in East Vic­to­ria Park. They must also be will­ing to do­nate be­tween three and four hours of their time.

They will be asked to com­plete a range of ver­bal, writ­ten and com­put­er­based tasks which will in­volve ac­tiv­i­ties such as re­mem­ber­ing a list of words or copy­ing a shape, as well as gen­eral prob­lem solv­ing skills.

For more de­tails, call Fiona on 6488 1420 or email fiona.al­lan­son@re­search. uwa.edu.au.

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