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 (pictured below), 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 (Professors Willer and Browne had just returned from the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, held in Berlin) and Dr Julia Treleaven from the Whiplash and Neck Pain Research Unit at the University of Queensland.
Brain Injury Australia’s feedback on how proposed changes in the Discussion Paper “New Disability Employment Services from 2018” would impact on people with a brain injury and acquired neurological disability more generally.
Brain Injury Australia recommends that the Australian Football League, the Australian Rugby League Commission, and Australian Rugby Union co-fund an independent, large-scale, prospective study – comprising cohorts from all three sports – examining the risk factors for as well as the incidence, assessment, short and long-term effects, management and potential prevention of concussion in child and adolescent players.