The Guddi Project: "Come let's begin to heal, come
rest your mind, body and soul and finally come home and find
that quiet, peaceful self" is an innovative approach to
health, disability and human rights for homeless Indigenous
people who have a neurological disability.
Synapse received $150,000 to undertake the Guddi Project which was
borne out of the need to gather evidence about the extent and
nature of neurocognitive disability amongst Indigenous
Queenslanders to enable the state government to accurately advise
the Commonwealth Government about the expected level of need for
NDIS and to be NDIS ready.
Participants in the project receive a culturally safe and
appropriate clinical assessment including: neurocognitive,
medical and functional assessment. Blood and faecal
samples are also collected for biomedical examination. Faecal
samples enable the identification of human parasite infection
which causes a range of serious physical problems and is
thought to impact on neurocognitive functioning. Our results
may assist individuals and provide important public health
data to address this preventable condition.
To understand the lived experience of disability amongst homeless
Indigenous people information is also gathered regarding
participants' experiences of neurocognitive disability and
homelessness, their understanding and expectations of disability
supports, including the NDIS; and barriers and enablers to
service usage. This data is collected through formal and
Following completion of the individual assessments participants
are informed as to whether they have been assessed as having a
neurocognitive disability. The Project Team explains to the
participant, in culturally appropriate language, the nature of
their disability or health condition and whether they are
eligible for disability supports.
To date 61 clinical assessments and 41 qualitative assessments
have been completed, and 20 stool samples collected.