Transforming aphasia: Preventing depression and enabling social connection

Miranda RoseDr Miranda Rose

Associate Professor, College of Science, Health and Engineering

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Transforming aphasia: Preventing depression and enabling social connection

Communication is the basis for almost all everyday activities and functions. Aphasia is a devastating communication disability that affects approximately 120,000 Australians and unfortunately people with aphasia often are grossly misunderstood.

Miranda and her team are working on ways to help improve the quality of life for people with aphasia through two strategies: 

  • To try and prevent depression from developing in the first place through a very early tailored mood and communication intervention.
  • To expand community aphasia groups so that people with aphasia can develop rich social connections, get meaningful activity back in their life and develop a positive self-identity.

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