The University of Sydney
Leanne Togher is a Professor of Communication Disorders following Traumatic Brain Injury and Australian NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at The University of Sydney, Australia. She won the NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn prize in 2018 for being the highest ranked female research fellow in the field of Clinical Medicine. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of people with acquired brain injury during everyday life activities. Leanne is the Director of speechBITE, an evidence based practice web based resource for speech pathologists. She also leads a program of research to facilitate communication partner training for families, friends, carers and community members with the aim of improving communication outcomes for people with traumatic brain injury and aphasia.
The digital health revolution and how it will change brain injury rehabilitation as we know it.
Brain injury rehabilitation has been traditionally offered within the hospital environment, community and outpatient settings and within people’s homes in a face to face format. However, with the advent of digital health technologies, brain injury rehabilitation is undergoing a transformative process which will change the way we approach the assessment, treatment and support programs for people with brain injury, their families and social networks. This presentation will describe recent advances where digital health has been used to assess and treat social communication of people with acquired brain injury, as well as discuss the challenges we face when embarking on the digital health journey. The keys to success include multidisciplinary collaboration with related fields such as information technology and engineering, a willingness to learn and try new technologies, careful and considered evaluation of the quality of care that is provided, inclusion of end users in the co-design of new systems, and most importantly, a constant focus on the impact of digital health on the outcomes of people with brain injury and their families.