College of Queensland’s aphasia therapy programme goes on-line

The College of Queensland is now increasing its aphasia remedy programme to achieve extra sufferers residing in rural and regional areas.

A 12 months because it was launched at Metro North Well being’s Surgical Therapy and Rehabilitation Service in Brisbane, the Complete Excessive-Dose Aphasia Therapy (CHAT) programme can be tried out in seven hospitals and well being service websites in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. 

Its on-line model, TeleCHAT, can even be made out there as an choice for individuals at residence. Delivered by way of videoconferencing software program, TeleCHAT is presently being researched for its usability, feasibility, and acceptability. UQ shared that primarily based on early outcomes, the web programme has “considerably” elevated entry to aphasia remedy for these in rural and regional areas.


Based on Professor David Copland, director of UQ’s Queensland Aphasia Analysis Centre, they’re increasing the CHAT programme to assist ship the most effective and most applicable remedy for a lot of aphasia sufferers in Australia. At current, over 140,000 Australians are coping with aphasia, a language dysfunction that impacts how an individual communicates following a stroke or head harm.

“Our clinicians and researchers will assess the scientific outcomes and cost-effectiveness of the CHAT program throughout a number of well being settings and examine it with aphasia care presently being supplied,” Prof Copland added.

The CHAT program is supported by a A$1 million ($650,000) grant from the Nationwide Well being and Medical Analysis Council. It contains 50 hours of intensive remedy delivered over eight weeks by speech pathologists with help from aphasia researchers.

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