DOgSS - Dogs Offering Support after Stroke

Date: 4th September, 2020

Summary: Acute stroke can have devastating emotional impacts on people and their close companions. Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) has been shown to improve stroke-affected patients' mood, enhancing quality of life. DOgSS is a Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Stroke Unit pilot research study in South Australia to find out if dog-visits make a difference to the expressed mood of stroke patients and visiting carers, family and friends, and impact on Stroke Unit staff.

Canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum

Date: 1st March, 2020

Canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum has been proposed as a means of enhancing goal-directed interventions, yet there remain no clear guidelines of its safe & ethical practice. Introducing a therapy dog into occupational therapy practices with children on the autism spectrum was found to require a complex & multifaceted set of skills requiring additional training to support the safety & wellbeing of both client & therapy dog.

Royal Commission Submission on Aged Care and Companion Animals

Date: 10th September, 2019

While policy models and advice on how to include pets in aged care have been developed the reality is that pet-friendly aged accommodation, particularly when higher levels of care are needed continues to be limited. Limitations include the time-poverty of staff and the reality that staff are employed and trained to care for people not animals – creating a counter concern on the part of animal advocates. There are some services that provide companion animal contact in aged care services (visiting

The benefits of animal-assisted services to patients and staff to childrens hospital

Date: 6th June, 2019

Online survey of parents & staff, conducted to assess the effect of an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) service at a UK children’s university teaching hospital. Volunteer handlers with five golden retriever dogs provided AAIs across all eight paediatric wards including day, medical, surgical, oncology & intensive care. Interventions ranged from ‘meet & greet’ to assisting nursing care, physiotherapy & occupational therapy, as well as providing distraction during blood taking & other tests.