Hopkins Hour: Championing self-advocacy and dignity for improved outcomes in healthcare and beyond.
Self-advocacy entails knowing yourself, understanding your rights, and the ability to express your rights in everyday situations. Following an acquired brain injury or spinal cord injury, it can be difficult for people to have a say in their care and rehabilitation. This is due to the potential physical, cognitive, emotional, and social impacts of an injury, combined with navigating unfamiliar and complex healthcare contexts.
At this Hopkins Hour, Hopkins researchers Professor Tamara Ownsworth and Dr Jessie Mitchell will be joined by Dignity Project lead Dr Kelsey Chapman and Ross Duncan from Spinal Life Australia, along with other special guests. Presentations will focus on how dignified and responsive interactions, services, and systems are essential to support people to reclaim agency and feel empowered to influence and direct their care. This can provide a bridge to becoming a successful advocate in other key life domains, including community access, education, employment, and social and leisure activities. In this way, championing self-advocacy is integral to positive health and life outcomes.
The hour will end in a panel discussion between researchers, clinicians, and consumer advocates.
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