Research, Education and Programs
The LSA manages the Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS), which was established to provide treatment, care and support to people who have sustained very serious injuries in vehicle accidents, regardless of fault. The purpose of the LSA’s research, education and programs (REP) agenda is to strengthen the quality of services provided to participants in the LSS and contribute to the body of knowledge in the disability and health sectors.
“The LSA drives innovation in high quality treatment, care and support through sponsorship, research, education and programs to enhance the lives of people very seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents in South Australia.”
The LSA provides funding to individuals and organisations for either:
- Programs providing high quality services to participants of the LSS
- Research and education in connection with services to participants in the LSS
- Support for state representatives of peak national bodies servicing LSS participants such as Brain Injury SA and Paraquad Services SA
- Sponsorships such as events, seminars, conferences, internships or scholarships
LSA’s Future Shaping Research Priorities:
Investigating the most effective outcome measures which can be adopted and prescribed state, return to work etc. enabling them to carry out daily tasks. We are also interested in any benchmarking opportunities used by similar programs so these can be harnessed by the LSA.
Quality of Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Given 68% of all LSS participants are affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI), research cognition that could be used to guide the effectiveness of service provider intervention (e.g. retraining to return driving).
Getting Life Chances Back
Being a person-centred service, the LSA aims to ensure LSS participants’ are given the can be supported to respect the participant’s dignity of risk.
Adjustment to Injury
What can be provided to facilitate a participant’s adjustment to injury, taking into account the following areas:
- Focusing on participation as well as function
- The impact of the change in family dynamics
- The interface with attendant care
- Ensuring LSA and service provider capacity
We are also interested in comparison studies testing the quality of life among cohorts in different programs such as: Work Corporation, NDIS etc.
Enabling LSS participants’ to live in their own or family home comfortably following a provided to replicate the social networks and supports presented in the parental home. Another key area of interest involves the facilitation of special considerations for particular cultural groups.
Advancements in Technology
The LSA would like to support research investigating new developments and how these can innovation such as cyborgs diagnostics. Ethical considerations, costs and benefits are also important factors to take into account for LSS participants’.
The LSA would like to support REP promoting good mental health and wellness for which can be used in LSS participants’ treatment and care plan.
Wellbeing and Resilience
The LSA is interested in investigations regarding resilience following very serious injury as plans for LSS participants and enhance their recovery time.
Vocational Education and Training
Vocational education or training would enable LSS participants to continue with provision of vocational education or training that the LSA could utilise for participants’ in the LSS.
Currently closed, more information on the next round will be announced soon.
For further information, please contact Karen Saxty, Senior Project Officer on (08) 8429 0251 or email@example.com