About Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired brain injury (ABI) refers to damage of the brain that occurs after birth (with the exception of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, FASD). ABI can be caused by an accident or trauma, stroke (where blood supply to the brain is stopped by a clot or bleeding), brain infection, alcohol, drugs, or brain diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease.

ABI in Australia is common. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over 700,000 Australians have an ABI, with daily “activity limitations” and “participation restrictions.” Three of four of these people are aged 65 or under. As many as two of three acquired their brain injury before age 25. Three of four people with ABI are men.

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About Brain Injury Australia

Brain Injury Australia is the central clearinghouse of information and gateway to nationwide referral for optimising the social and economic participation of all Australians living with brain injury.

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