The Wangi (talking) project: A feasibility study of a rehabilitation model for aboriginal people with acquired communication disorders after stroke
International Journal of Speech Language Pathology
Taylor and Francis
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Kurongkurl Katitjin
This work was supported by a Stroke Foundation Seed Grant
Purpose: Aboriginal Australians are under-represented in stroke rehabilitation services and rehabilitation practices that are sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal people are not currently available. This project tested the feasibility and acceptability of a rehabilitation model and approach to therapy with Aboriginal people with acquired communication disorders post-stroke.
Method: Eight Aboriginal people with acquired communication disorders post-stroke were recruited to this study. Sixteen treatment sessions were provided twice weekly at the person’s place of residence by a speech-language pathologist and Aboriginal co-worker. Feasibility was measured by analysing the number of sessions conducted jointly by the speech-language pathologist and Aboriginal co-worker and participant attendance. Participant acceptability was measured through the analysis of a post-therapy questionnaire. The Aboriginal co-worker’s and speech-language pathologists’ perceptions of the acceptability were collected through semi structured interviews.
Result: Across all sessions 84.2% were attended by the Aboriginal co-worker and speech-language pathologist and seven of the eight participants completed all prescribed sessions. Positive feedback was provided by participants, the Aboriginal co-worker and speech-language pathologist on the key components of the programme.
Conclusion: The rehabilitation model used within Wangi appears to be feasible and acceptable to participants and therapists. It provides direction to improve the quality of care for Aboriginal stroke survivors.