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We run open workshops for individual practitioners working in neurological and general rehabilitation, or perhaps you work with stroke survivors in the voluntary or third sector.   


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New Zealand Bridges


Dr Fiona Jones is currently working with colleagues on a project to take Bridges to New Zealand.

In New Zealand, 6000 people have a stroke per year, resulting in about 32,000 people currently living with disability caused by stroke.

Dr Jones visited New Zealand to speak about self-management at the 2011 Neurosymposium in Dunedin. The concept of Bridges was met enthusiastically by the physiotherapists who attended this conference, and resulted in a call for Bridges to be introduced in New Zealand. In order to achieve this, work needs to be done to ensure the Bridges programme is contextually and culturally relevant for New Zealand.

Dr Jones is currently working with colleagues in New Zealand on a study which has two phases:

1) To make the Bridges workbook, in consultation with stroke survivors and their families/whānau*, contextually and culturally relevant for New Zealand.

2) To pilot Bridges New Zealand (the amended programme) in one district health board (the Southern DBH) to test whether it is acceptable and feasible to use, and to determine any potential benefits of the programme.

The Bridges New Zealand project is currently in the first phase, which involves forming a research advisory group of people living with stroke and their families/whānau, representatives of support services and health professionals with an interest in stroke rehabilitation. It also involves holding focus group discussions with the above groups, and collecting stories from a cross-section of New Zealand stroke survivors to use in the revised stroke workbook.

Phase two, which should begin in October will involve piloting the new Bridges New Zealand workbook. Dr Jones will train eight stroke practitioners in a two day Bridges workshop. During a six month period, the practitioners will be asked to use the Bridges NZ programme with as many stroke survivors as possible. The pilot will be evaluated by administering validated questionnaires with participating patients before and after the intervention, and conducting in-depth qualitative interviews with participating patients and stroke practitioners at the end of the six months.

The second phase of the study will aim to determine how acceptable the participants found the Bridges NZ programme; whether it was feasible to use in practice; how relevant stroke survivors and practitioners found it to be; any potential benefits to stroke survivors of using the programme; and any improvements which could be made.

Dr Jones will be visiting New Zealand in August to carry out the Bridges training workshop with the eight participating practitioners, and stroke support workers.

* Maori language word for extended family

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