Your questions answered

Some frequently asked questions about participating in the COMPARE study.

How do I participate in the study?

Read the Participate in the study page to learn more about the study and see if COMPARE is right for you.

Complete the online registration form to register your interest in participating in the study:


Contact the study team if you have questions:

Am I paid to participate?

You will not be paid to participate in this study, however the study treatments will be provided free of charge.

What costs are involved?

You will need to travel to the treatment sessions. Taxi vouchers will be provided if needed.

How long do I have to participate for?

Participation may include 2 to 5 weeks of therapy and 4 to 6 assessments over 18-38 weeks depending on your study allocation.

Can I participate in other therapy while in the study?

You will not be able to participate in other research programs or participate in any therapy not considered usual care for people with aphasia, such as alternative/herbals remedies, experimental procedures.

Please contact us to discuss your suitability.

Are there any risks?

There is no documented evidence of any risks associated with the study treatment however you may feel tired after the assessment and treatment sessions.

What if I change my mind?

You have the right to change your mind at any time.

You can:

  • stop the questions and testing
  • stop going to the treatment sessions, and
  • receive free counselling if you want it.

If you decide to withdraw it may not be possible to withdraw your data from the study, however all data will be coded and will not identify you by name.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be presented at conferences and published in journals. Information that could identity you will not be used.

Learn more about our ethics guidelines:

The results of the study may also be used to change clinical practice and/or used to form policy/recommendations in treatment guidelines for aphasia.

What happens to my information?

During assessment and treatment sessions, we will use a voice recorder and video recorder to record what is happening. This is so that the researchers can look over the recordings to help them collect information about the treatments.

Information about you will also be collected in the tests you complete and the questions that you answer in assessment sessions. We will also video record you and your partner, family member or friend having a conversation.

Your information will be stored with a code – your name will not be used. This information will be kept in a secure environment:

  • paper information will be kept in a locked filing cabinet at La Trobe University.
  • Electronic information will be kept in a password-protected server maintained by La Trobe University.

After 15 years, the information may be destroyed.

We will only share information about you if we are obliged to under law or if you or someone else is at risk of harm.