New research highlights gaps in regional post-stroke care

31 August 2022

PhD candidate Lisa Anemaat from UQ's Queensland Aphasia Research Centre is featured in this Stroke Foundation article

Queensland researchers have been working to determine how to better support speech pathologists in remote and regional areas to provide best practice care to people with aphasia following stroke.

One in three survivors of stroke experiences difficulties with communication, including challenges talking, reading, writing, or understanding others. This is called aphasia.

The study, Co-Designing aphasia services for regional and remote Queensland: Experiences and unmet needs of speech pathologists managing aphasia care was led by speech pathologist and PhD candidate Lisa Anemaat from UQ's Queensland Aphasia Research Centre.

Mrs Anemaat’s findings will be showcased in New Zealand at the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia 2022. The Australasian conference is being held at Christchurch’s Te Pae Convention Centre and has attracted stroke experts from around the world. 

Mrs Anemaat said providing equitable post-stroke care in Australia, particularly in regional areas can be challenging.

“Geographic isolation and disparately located health services present unique challenges for providers in regional and remote communities,” Mrs Anemaat said.

“Understanding the experiences of speech pathologists is crucial to determine where the pressure points and gaps in service delivery exist and where support is needed."

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