Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

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October Seminar

Wednesday 13 October 2021 03:00 pm until Wednesday 13 October 2021 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Lauren De Losa
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Living with Disability Research Centre
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Planning with and supporting people with acquired disabilities

This seminar features presentations by two researchers from our partner organisation, the Summer Foundation.

“They treat you like a person, they ask you what you want”: Exploring factors that influence the quality of paid disability support

Megan Topping, PhD Candidate, Living with Disability Research Centre and Summer Foundation

Adults with acquired neurological disability often require paid support provided by a disability support worker to live an ordinary life. Despite the importance of the support worker role, little is known about what influences the quality of support. This presentation will explore the factors that influence the quality of paid disability support from the perspective of adults with acquired neurological disability. Twelve adults with acquired neurological disability participated in semi-structured in-depth interviews. Preliminary analysis of the interview data reveals multiple interrelated factors that influence the quality of support, with a central focus on the interactional space between the person with disability and their support worker. Primarily, the support worker recognising the person with disability as an individual with unique needs and preferences is key to providing quality support.

Hospital to home: Evaluating the discharge planning process for people with acquired disability and complex support needs

Dr Lee Cubis, Senior Research Fellow, Summer Foundation

Improving the pathway from hospital to the community is key to reducing the number of younger Australians stuck in hospital or discharged to aged care. However, returning to the community after acquiring disability requires effective coordination between the health system and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This presentation will describe a scoping review investigating hospital discharge for people with disability and complex needs.  Three interrelated principles depicted the importance of coordination and continuity, preparation for discharge and involvement of the person with disability and close other. In a second study, hospital discharge trajectory data (n = 318) for people with disability and complex needs collected from 10 hospitals in Australia has provided valuable information about hospital and NDIS timeframes associated with effective discharge. This data provides potential solutions to improve discharge outcomes for this population.



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