Our Top Story: NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME (NDIS) UPDATE: OVER 2000 PEOPLE WITH A BRAIN INJURY HAVE AN APPROVED PLAN • The second of the NDIS’s quarterly reports to the Council of Australian Governments on “Transition” to the full Scheme reveals that just over 2,000 people with a brain injury, out of a total of 61,000 Scheme participants, have an “approved plan”. This is an addition of 980 “approved plans” for people with a brain injury, out of 23,500, in the last quarter of 2016. “As encouraging as this may sound,” says Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia, “it doesn’t tell us anything about the participation rate of people with a brain injury compared to people with other disabilities, or relative to their unmet need for specialist services and supports.”
Our Top Story: BIA RECEIVES NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE AGENCY FUNDING • The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) has received a grant from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to work with its member organisations, including Brain Injury Australia, to help them prepare for the national roll-out of Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC).
Our Top Story: 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 – sometimes the result of improvised explosive devices, pictured below – just since 2003’s Operation Iraqi Freedom. 1 in every 10 Australian Defence Force personnel who have served in the Middle East “reported the criteria for a new mild traumatic brain injury.”
Our Top Story: NEW RESEARCH: CAN HEADING A SOCCER BALL CAUSE BRAIN INJURY? • The peak body for the 13 million people who play soccer in the United States recently banned heading the ball for children aged 10 and under due to fears it causes brain injury. Professor John O’Kane from the University of Washington has conducted a review of over 300 studies. “ Soccer is unique in that it is the only sport where a player uses their head to intentionally strike the ball during the course of play.”
Our Top Story: 100 ATTEND BRAIN INJURY AUSTRALIA’S CONCUSSION TRAINING DAY • 100 people from around Australia and New Zealand attended BIA’s Concussion Training Day held on November 7, at Sydney’s Royal Rehab. Attendees learnt the latest concussion assessment and management techniques from Professor Barry Willer, Director of Research in the Concussion Management Clinic at the University at Buffalo in Western New York, and Professor Gary Browne, Director of the Sports Concussion Service at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney and, Dr Julia Treleaven from the Whiplash and Neck Pain Research Unit at the University of Queensland.
“Brain Injury Australia’s advises that there has been an historic under-representation of people with brain injury in the Disability Employment Services (DES). This situation has worsened with the closure of Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services Australia (CRS) Australia and subsequent loss of brain injury-specific expertise and staff with allied health qualifications to appropriately assess and provide vocational programs for this client group.”
Our Top Story: BIA PARTNERS WITH LEADING MAGAZINE FOR DOCTORS • Brain Injury Australia has been commissioned by Australian Doctor, a weekly magazine sent to 35,000 General Practitioners, to help prepare a series of articles on brain injury.
Our Top Story: BIA HOLDS FORUM ON THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME • 120 people from around Australia attended a 25th August forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people with a brain injury. This event was held in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy. A video of, and report from, the forum will be available soon.
“Brain Injury Australia recommends a national level overhaul of health services and disability-funded supports to meet the age-appropriate needs of young stroke – for example; in the provision of specialist physiotherapy, occupational therapy and counselling of sufficient frequency, intensity and duration to effect optimum family/relationship functioning, community reintegration and return to work.”