Person-first versus identity-first language: Informing client-centred care

This research aims to understand the preferences of people with a health condition/disability when it comes to the use of person-first (e.g. person who has had a stroke) versus identity-first (e.g. stroke survivor/stroke patient) language. This research will also assess whether the type of disability/health condition or its severity is related to language preference and quality of life.

This research is important to expand the understanding about how people with disabilities or health conditions prefer to be referenced, as well as factors that may influence preferences, to maximise respectful language use when address people across different disabilities and health conditions.

Participation requires completion of a 10–15 minute survey that asks your language preferences related to different disabilities and health conditions, as well as information about how comfortable you are with your disability/health condition and your quality of life.

Participant information sheet and the survey is available via:


If you would like further information please contact Dr Lisa Grech on 0410 947 444 or