Professor and Head of Occupational Therapy – The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland
Professor Jenny Fleming is a researcher with 30 years experience in the field of brain injury rehabilitation, and the Head of Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland. Her research is focused on psychosocial aspects of brain injury rehabilitation including the transition from hospital to home and cognitive rehabilitation. Jenny holds Adjunct Professor Appointments with James Cook University and Latrobe University, and is Co-Editor of the journal Brain Impairment. She is an inaugural Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy and a Fellow of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI).
Indigenous traumatic brain injury in Northern Australia: Findings from a mixed methods study
The results of NHMRC funded project on the transition from hospital to home for Indigenous people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in northern Australia will be presented. The first component of the study incorporates a retrospective analysis of hospital admission data from 2005-2015 illustrating the higher incidence rate of TBI in Indigenous Australians compared to the non-Indigenous population. The data also show that violence is more likely to be a causal factor in Indigenous TBI especially for women. The second component was a prospective longitudinal study of 25 Indigenous participants and 19 carers with data gathered at discharge and 3 and 6-month follow-up. Sentinel events during this transition period were measured including relationship breakdown and financial strain. Qualitative interviews with participants at 6-months post-discharge shed light on complex transition issues relating to family violence, alcohol, and interface with the justice system. The findings pose challenges for health service delivery and policy. Knowledge translation strategies utilising creative artwork and video story-telling by participants have been developed and will be presented.