Neurotrauma research programs in Western Australia will receive new funding to improve rehabilitation and independence for people injured in car crashes.
The Insurance Commission of Western Australia will provide two neurotrauma research projects up to $100,000 through the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research’s Neurotrauma Research Program for neurotrauma research.
The first project will focus on stimulating locomotory movement in people with acquired brain injuries by using a mobile application that plays music and triggers pressure sensors on the foot.
It will test the effectiveness of the application to improve movement during rehabilitation exercises and improvements to patients’ neurological and functional outcomes.
The second project will undertake a pre-clinical assessment of a peptide to reduce central nervous system injury after neurotrauma.
Each research project was selected for funding following a competitive application and scientific peer-review process.
It is part of a three-year research funding contract.
The funding of these initiatives comes after increases in care costs for the Insurance Commission after the introduction of the lifetime care scheme for people catastrophically injured in car crashes from July 1 2016.
Finance Minister Ben Wyatt said car crash injuries had cost the Insurance Commission hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
He said the research would reduce the cost of injuries caused by car crashes.
“The Insurance Commission hopes to lower the cost of car crash injuries by improving the rehabilitation and independence of people catastrophically injured, by funding neurotrauma research projects through the State’s Neurotrauma Research Program,” Mr Wyatt said.
“This is a proactive initiative that funds leading Western Australian researchers in neurotrauma.”
“I congratulate the two successful research teams on securing this funding and look forward to seeing the results of their research.”