Online Survey: Benefits and Barriers of Organised Physical Activity for Children with a Disability

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), together with Deakin University, is seeking parents/caregivers of children aged 4-17 years with a disability and/or additional needs, and sport coaches (volunteer or paid) who are 18 years or older, to complete an online survey about the benefits and barriers of organised physical activity for children with a disability. The results of the survey … Read More

2017’s Brain Injury Awareness Week Devoted to Brain Injury in the Military

Brain injury has been referred to as the “signature injury” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 300,000 United States Armed Forces veterans have sustained a brain injury, just since 2003’s Operation Iraqi Freedom. 1 in every 10 Australian Defence Force personnel who has served in the Middle East “reported the criteria for a new mild Traumatic Brain Injury” … Read More

Advice for Mobility Scooter Users

Falls are now the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) throughout the developed world. Australians aged 65 years and over account for almost two-thirds of all TBI deaths in hospital – 1 in every 6 the result of a fall. Falls-related brain injury page is one of Brain Injury Australia’s education campaigns. Mobility scooters are designed for people who … Read More

Brain Protein May Help Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

Over 20,000 Australians are hospitalised with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. While most TBIs are “mild”, as many as 1 in every 5 people experiencing “mild” TBI don’t make a full recovery within the expected 2 to 3 months. A major focus of Brain Injury Australia during 2017 will be people living with “mild” TBI and post-concussion syndrome. … Read More

Brain Injury Australia Appoints New Directors: Dr Suzy Goldsmith and Mr Richard McKinnon

Brain Injury Australia is happy to announce the appointment of two Directors to its Member Board: Dr Suzy Goldsmith and Mr Richard McKinnon.  Suzy’s professional practice is in risk management and strategy, with a focus on sustainability and innovation. She developed a keen interest in risk and decision-making from her work in environmental engineering, encompassing health and safety concerns. Richard … Read More

Brain Injury Australia’s Newsletter Subscribers Offered Discounted Registration to Brain Injury Conferences

Brain Injury Australia has agreed to be the Australian endorsing organisation for two brain injury conferences, to be held in March and April. Newsletter subscribers are eligible for as much as a 35 per cent discount on their registration (Subscribe to Brain Injury Australia’s newsletter here). The International Brain Injury Association’s World Congress on Brain Injury will be held in … Read More

Brain Injury Australia’s Executive Officer Joins Monash Panel on Imprisonment and Mental Health

Brain Injury Australia’s Executive Officer Nick Rushworth joins Victorian Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough and Karenza Louis-Smith, CEO of the Australian Community Support Organisation, in a panel discussion on imprisonment and mental health at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre on Thursday 23rd February, at 11 a.m. As many as 80 per cent of Australia’s adult prisoners report brain injury. Advocacy for their unmet needs … Read More

“New Disability Employment Services From 2018”

Only 2 in every 5 people with a brain injury have returned to work within 2 years of injury. Information obtained by Brain Injury Australia from the Department Employment shows only 2,200 people with a brain injury, out of 160,000 use Disability Employment Services (DES). While the total number of participants in DES has risen by 7 per cent since … Read More

University of Sydney Study Seeks Research Volunteers

Professor Leanne Togher and Dr Emma Power, based at the Disability and Community Faculty Research Group, University of Sydney, are leading a training study – “TBIconneCT” – to compare internet-based and face-to-face communication skills training for people with traumatic brain injury and their carers. The study aims to improve knowledge about treatment of traumatic brain injury. The study is being … Read More

Blue Badge Insurance Extends Discount Offer to Supporters of Brain Injury Australia Supporters Until End of January

Brain Injury Australia has partnered with Blue Badge Insurance, Australia’s first specialist in mobility and independence insurance. Blue Badge covers a variety of insurance needs, including a wide range of products such as wheelchair insurance, mobility scooter insurance, home and contents insurance. They also offer comprehensive car insurance that has been designed specifically for Disability Parking Permit holders, as well … Read More