Living with Disability Research Centre August 2019 Seminar

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August Seminar from the Living with Disability Research Centre

Wednesday 14 August 2019 03:00 pm until Wednesday 14 August 2019 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
David Henderson; 03 9479 3129
Presented by:
Living with Disability Research Centre
Type of Event:
Future Student: Postgraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training

3:00 pm - Dr Nastaran Doroud - Recovering through everyday life activities: findings from a Participatory photovoice study with people experiencing mental health issues

Lecturer, Occupational Therapy, La Trobe Rural Health School

This presentation will explore the processes of recovering through engaging in everyday life activities in collaboration with people living with mental health issues. It reports on findings from a participatory study that used photovoice methods. We recruited 21 participants from Mind Australia, Melbourne. The study collected data through in-depth interviews and a photovoice course. The course required participants to take photographs about their daily activities that support their recovery journey. The photographs were used to trigger group discussions. Recovering as a journey of living emerged as the central theme that involves four interrelated processes: 1) living a life on hold; 2) choosing to recover; 3) learning and developing strategies; and 4) striving for and maintaining a good quality life. The findings suggest that engaging in everyday life activities is essential in recovery journey. Mental health services can work collaboratively with people living with mental health issues to provide opportunities for engaging in meaningful activities to foster recovery.

4:00 pm - Kellie Stagg - Communication impairment and the working alliance in stroke rehabilitation

Lecturer, Speech Pathology, La Trobe Rural Health School and PhD candidate, Living with Disability Research Centre

Little is known about the ways in which allied health therapists establish and maintain working alliances, or everyday working relationships, with people experiencing communication impairment in stroke rehabilitation. This presentation will report on findings from eleven in-depth interviews with experienced allied health clinicians. Clinicians described processes in relation to negotiating ways of communicating, relating, and understanding what is meaningful to the person with communication impairment. Practices that emphasised responding to the person, both within an interaction and over time, aligned with examples of productive alliances. Difficulty accessing a shared mode of communication due to stroke related communication impairment altered relational processes and influenced perceptions of the strength of the working alliance, although examples of strong alliances were present. Knowledge of the practices of experienced clinicians in establishing and maintaining the working alliance provides insights into therapeutic processes to enhance the alliance in stroke rehabilitation.


Library Seminar Room 1.34, Level 1 of the Borchardt Library, La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus

Borchardt Library, La Trobe University, Bundoora



19th Aug 2019 1:13am

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