Day 1: “Keeping people with communication disability safe in hospital.”

Chief Investigator Update 1 (By Dr. Bronwyn Hemsley)

To launch this ‘SafetyCATCH’ project, entitled “Keeping People with Communication Disability Safe in Hospital”, we submitted an electronic poster abstract to the Annual Conference of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (@AusACPDM), to be held in the Hunter Valley in March 2014 . The poster is designed to outline the project background and timeline.

The University of Newcastle is commencing recruitment procedures to find a Project Manager – a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A Step 6). More information about the position will be made available by 1st September 2013.

The project has the Human Research Ethical Approval of:

– The University of Newcastle

– Hunter New England Local Health District (4 hospitals: Maitland, Cessnock, John Hunter Hospital, Belmont Hospital)

– The Cerebral Palsy Alliance (NSW)

– Aspect Australia

This project is run through the Faculty of Education and Arts. More about the research in this faculty can be seen here.


Hemsley, B., Balandin, S., Georgiou, A., & Hill, S. (2014). Patient safety in hospital for adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs: Development of a detailed framework to benefit both patients and staff.  Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, National Conference, March 11-14 2014, The Hunter Valley, NSW.

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