East Vic Park facilities needs volunteers to put heads together

East Vic Park facilities needs volunteers to put heads together

BRIGHTWATER’S Oats Street facility in East Victoria Park will be part of a study that could benefit people with acquired brain injury.

A UWA researcher is looking at how thinking skills, such as memory, can influence people’s ability to undertake simple daily tasks.

The study needs up to 50 people aged 18 to 70 years to form a control group for the study.

The work is being led by UWA Masters psychology student and PhD candidate Fiona Allanson, who was the inaugural recipient of the Lyn Beazley Scholarship awarded by Brightwater in 2014.

“We have been working very closely with the Oats Street team to design this research in a way that has the potential to make the current rehabilitation programs even more effective,” she said.

The hope is that by developing an understanding of the impact of thinking skills such as problem-solving, reasoning and planning on everyday life in people with and without a brain injury, researchers will be able to develop better intervention strategies to support people such as clients at Oats Street.

Volunteers for the study must never have sustained a head injury that has led to hospitalisation or suffered from medical issues that affect the brain such as epilepsy.

People must be able to travel to UWA or Brightwater in East Victoria Park. They must also be willing to donate between three and four hours of their time.

They will be asked to complete a range of verbal, written and computer-based tasks which will involve activities such as remembering a list of words or copying a shape, as well as general problem solving skills.

For more details, call Fiona on 6488 1420 or email fiona.allanson@research.|uwa.edu.au.