Brooke Rendell, Speech Pathologist was recently able to attend the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) conference in June through support from a TRACS WA funding grant. 

The opportunity provided Brooke the chance to update and expand her knowledge and network with health professionals from outside of her current workplaces. One of the main themes discussed at the conference was that the management of acquired brain injury (ABI) patients is continuing to evolve. Brooke stated that “previous ways of practicing in regards to management of aggression, PTA and chronic patients was a real focus, with some significant break throughs which I think will influence practice in the future. I was also really impressed by the level and quality of research occurring in Australia at present.”

Topics included:

• Different ways to assess discourse
• Management of patients in Post Traumatic Amnesia particularly those that are in an agitated state
• Improved knowledge of social cognition as a type of difficulty/disorder
• Knowledge about Brainspan a new network for professionals working in ABI
• Anger Self-management and TBI
• Patterns of conversation in TBI patients
• Aphasia groups running in the Eastern States.
• Management of TBI in American rehabilitation settings

Brooke has shared some useful resources from the conference and we hope to share feedback presentation slides from her attendance in the near future.

TRACS WA is dedicated to supporting clinicians working in WA Health subacute care to access the subacute training they need. This includes provision of funding grants for training to assist in the costs of registration and certain other related costs. We also provide grants to organisations to assist with the transition to evidence-based practice and support strategic partners who are advancing subacute care.

Our priority areas for funding include projects that focus on improving quality, translating evidence into practice, innovation and improving the patient experience through collaboration and coordination of care.
If you are interested in the grants we offer you can find further information about grants for training on the TRACS WA website.