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Stroke Recovery

Through playmaking and theatre performance

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Our researchers will test an 8-week Devised Theatre Performance Process, which we hypothesise will improve the psychosocial well-being and cognitive function of people in the chronic phase of stroke (stroke >6 months ago), with a protocol currently in development.

Challenging, multimodal, social experiences like group-based arts and music have been shown to stimulate recovery in the chronic phase of stroke. Taking part in playmaking – synthesising ideas and imaginations, building artistic relationships, mutual respect and discipline – and performing dramatically are demanding both psychologically and cognitively. This planned project seeks to test, scientifically, whether this community-based group process can improve the cognitive function, mood and well-being people with stroke.

The ABC Compass TV program documented the pilot project; Stroke Stories is still available on iView. To watch, click here.

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The ABC Compass TV program documented the pilot project in ‘Stroke Stories’. To watch on iview, click here.

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CRI is a Proud Partnership between the University of Newcastle, HMRI and NSW Health.

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