Elizabeth Armstrong, Edith Cowan UniversityFollow
Natalie Ciccone, Edith Cowan UniversityFollow
Deborah J. Hersh, Edith Cowan UniversityFollow
Colleen Hayward, Edith Cowan UniversityFollow
Meaghan McAllister, Edith Cowan UniversityFollow
Taylor and Francis
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Kurongkurl Katitjin
National Health and Medical Research Council
NHMRC Numbers : 1132468, 1046228
Acquired communication disorders (ACD), following stroke and traumatic brain injury, may not be correctly identified in Aboriginal Australians due to a lack of linguistically and culturally appropriate assessment tools. Within this paper we explore key issues that were considered in the development of the Aboriginal Communication Assessment After Brain Injury (ACAABI) – a screening tool designed to assess the presence of ACD in Aboriginal populations.
A literature review and consultation with key stakeholders were undertaken to explore directions needed to develop a new tool, based on existing tools and recommendations for future developments.
The literature searches revealed no existing screening tool for ACD in these populations, but identified tools in the areas of cognition and social-emotional wellbeing. Articles retrieved described details of the content and style of these tools, with recommendations for the development and administration of a new tool. The findings from the interview and focus group views were consistent with the approach recommended in the literature.
There is a need for a screening tool for ACD to be developed but any tool must be informed by knowledge of Aboriginal language, culture and community input in order to be acceptable and valid.