Communication sciences and disorders
Speech and communication are fundamental to everyday life. We build our social networks by communicating with others.
One in seven Australians cannot communicate effectively. Whether temporary or permanent, communication problems can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.
We are pioneering new models of intervention and support. The Brain Injury and Communication Disorders Research Group is exploring new frontiers, including eHealth technologies, to make treatment available to everyone regardless of where they live.
Professor Leanne Togher
Brain injury, caused mainly by road accidents, is the leading cause of disability and death in young people in Australia. More than 70 percent of severe brain injury survivors will go on to have long-term communication problems. Better outcomes occur when communication partners are involved in training on positive communication strategies, rather than the usual practice of training brain injury patients alone. I created a highly successful multimedia communication training program called TBI Express for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). This resource helps people with TBI to regain their communication and social skills by teaching family and friends how to better interact with them.