Current research projects

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Assessing the measurement properties of the TAC’s Life Back on Track measure (LBoT)

The TAC regularly seeks feedback from its clients about their recovery from a transport accident and service experiences when dealing with the TAC. One of the formal feedback opportunities provided is a quantitative client research survey program. One of the questions in this survey program relates to a client’s appraisal of recovery following a transport accident. Clients are asked to rate the extent to which they have been able to ‘get life back on track’ using a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 means not at all and 10 means completely back on track.

The TAC is currently working with the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University to assess the measurement properties of the Life Back on Track (LBoT) measure. This independent assessment will evaluate the validity, reliability, sensitivity and responsiveness of the LBoT measure, and will involve statistical analyses of survey data and a scan of the relevant literature.

Building and testing mainstream employment pathways for people with Acquired Brain Injury

People with severe Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) experience low employment rates compared to both the national average and others with disability in Australia. To address these low rates, a collaborative 12-month project is underway to co-design and test a new employment approach with people with ABI. This new approach will respond to the needs of both employees with ABI and their employers.

The project will start by identifying existing employment pathways that people with ABI may access, including documenting the enablers and barriers associated with these pathways. A co-design approach will be used to develop a new pathway to mainstream employment following ABI. This new pathway will then be implemented in a pilot program and subsequently evaluated.

This is a collaborative project between the TAC, Jobs Victoria and the Monash University School of Primary and Allied Healthcare, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Evaluation of Glenroy2

Since 2011 the TAC has invested in a dedicated property trust, Residential Independence Pty Ltd (RIPL). This investment supports the delivery of housing and technology solutions for TAC clients with high daily support needs following neurotrauma so they can live with maximum independence, choice and control. RIPL has completed five projects to date, delivering 27 individual homes for TAC clients. RIPL Glenroy2 is the sixth RIPL project to be delivered, and differs from previous builds by adopting a “hub and spoke” outreach model. The TAC has commissioned the Monash University School of Primary and Allied Healthcare, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, to conduct a comprehensive, holistic evaluation.

This evaluation will focus on four key areas:

  • TAC client and paid/informal supporter transition expectations and experiences
  • longitudinal tenant outcomes
  • stakeholder perspectives on support delivery
  • a post-occupancy evaluation of built, technology and support design

Building capability to support client decision making

Researchers from La Trobe University are helping the TAC's Independence division deliver services consistent with contemporary disability practice. This research project involves TAC Support Coordinators participating in a training program to learn how to apply the Support for Decision Making Framework in their client interactions. The researchers hope to identify if the training program makes Support Coordinators more effective supporters of decision making.  

The project is due for completion in March 2020.

Early vocational intervention for people who have experienced major traumatic injuries

The TAC has partnered with a team of researchers from Monash University to conduct a randomised controlled trial at two Victorian rehabilitation settings: Epworth HealthCare and Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. The researchers hope to identify if providing early vocational interventions to people with traumatic injuries in the inpatient rehabilitation setting is an effective way to improve their work readiness and return to employment.

TAC and non-TAC clients admitted to Epworth HealthCare and/or Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre for inpatient rehabilitation may be invited to participate in this study.

The project is due for completion in September 2021.

Expanded trial of smart home and mobile technologies for people with cognitive impairment

The TAC and the iCare Foundation are funding a collaborative research project led by Monash University, with support from interstate researchers, allied health clinicians, industry experts and people with lived experience of acquired brain injury.

The Researchers are investigating which smart home and mobile technologies can provide the most benefit to people with brain injuries to support greater independence living in the community.

There are three phases to the research project:

  1. A world-wide scan to identify what technologies exist
  2. Trialling a range of technologies with people who may benefit from use of technology for cognitive support
  3. Developing online education resources for people with brain injury, their informal and paid supporters, and clinicians.

The project is due for completion in June 2021.

Rural and remote health services

The TAC has partnered with researchers from Monash University to explore what rehabilitation needs and services people living in rural and remote Victoria have following a transport accident. The researchers hope to identify where gaps in services exist and what service models and interventions are being used to connect metropolitan service providers to people living in rural and remote areas.

TAC clients (including family members or caregivers) and their service providers will be invited to participate. After completing a survey, they can opt to take part in an interview or focus group.

The project is due for completion in June 2020.