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Rehab in the Home – Stroke Program (Carer)

Carers play an important role in rehabilitation after stroke. Rehabilitation in the Home (RITH), a service that assists patients with regaining their independence in the community following a hospital admission, are investigating the impact on carers who are undertaking a specific rehab program, to improve the arm function of stroke survivors. The research team want to involve a carer to inform their project.

About the project/vacancy

Modified constraint-induced movement therapy (mCIMT) is a rehabilitation therapy that Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists can use with stroke survivors to improve their arm function. This type of therapy has shown to be effective in many research studies and the Stroke Foundation gives a strong recommendation that appropriate stroke survivors be offered this therapy - the only upper limb therapy after stroke to receive such a recommendation. However, patients rarely receive mCIMT as part of their rehabilitation after stroke.

About the position

The research team want to understand the experiences and perceptions of carers who are involved in implementing mCIMT to understand the impact during an already difficult time.

What am I expected to do?

As a person who is caring for, or who has previously cared for, a stroke survivor at home, you will contribute to this project by

  • Providing advice for developing interview and focus group questions
  • Discussing the analysis data
  • Discussing how to embed findings into future service delivery models
  • Communicating results of this research through existing support networks
  • Contribute to discussions around future research directions

What skills or experience do I need?

The research team are looking for a carer of someone who has had a stroke, who required rehabilitation which included an exercise program undertaken at home.

How long am I expected to be involved?

Up to 5 meetings will be held during 2020 starting in September.

Where will meetings be held?

Carers will be offered the opportunity to attend meetings at a location convenient to them including in their own home, if required.

What support is offered?

Honorariums will be offered of $35/hour. Training is available through the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.

 

Applications close: 26 September 2020

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