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The following organisations were successful in receiving funds from the Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund. Click to view more.
Royal Rehab (NSW)
The first grant of $22,000 awarded to Royal Rehab was announced at the NSW launch of the fund in October 2014. The grant will fund further work and research to improve the bowel care of people with spinal cord injuries.
Bowel dysfunction is a hugely challenging aspect of life for people with a spinal cord injury and, if not appropriately diagnosed and managed, inevitably leads to health complications and poorer quality of life.
The work that is being funded by Slater and Gordon will be led by nurses at Royal Rehab and will be undertaken in partnership with the University of Sydney’s School of Nursing. The project will examine ‘best practice’ across a number of health and rehab providers in NSW, with a view to analysing and using the results to improve care, not just in NSW, but in all States.
Upper Limb program, Victorian Spinal Cord Service, Austin Health (VIC)
A grant of $22,500 has been provided to trial ‘tele-rehabilitation’ to be delivered by occupational therapists as part of the Victorian Social Cord Service (VSCS) Upper Limb Program. This project will provide services to patients of the VSCS living remotely and in other States to promote access to services without the need for extensive, inconvenient and time consuming travel by patients and occupational therapists
Restoring upper limb function and the important function of the hand through nerve transplantation in quadriplegic patients can return an ability to do basic activities and allow more independence.
Nerve transplantation is perhaps the most significant surgical advance in this area for those with Spinal Cord Injury and rehabilitation maximises the potential to regain movement. Austin Health has pioneered this treatment.
The project and research that it will produce will provide capacity building at the VSCS and has the potential to provide benefits to patients in Victoria and beyond.
It is also hoped that this project will enable ‘tele health’ to be translated to other areas of care and innovation.
Lung Institute of Western Australia (LIWA)
Dr Fraser Brims, Head of the Occupational and Respiratory Health Unit & Consultant Respiratory Physician Lung Institute of Western Australia (LIWA), is leading a project that will receive $21,400 in funding from the Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund. The project will study whether the quality of life of patients with malignant mesothelioma can be improved by providing specialist symptom control early in illness.
The study will facilitate collaboration with UK clinicians who have already commenced this research in the UK. Funding for this project was announced during Asbestos Awareness Week in W.A. in November 2014.