People with Acquired Brain Injury and the Criminal Justice System

Brain Injury Australia

As part of Monash University’s 2016 Criminology Seminar Series, BIA Executive Officer Nick Rushworth presented on brain injury and the criminal justice system. Useful background reading is this report compiled following the day-long workshop on 27th June on brain injury and the criminal justice system.

BIA’s Inaugural Speech to Annual Conference Dinner of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment

Brain Injury Australia

“…Surely, one aim of, perhaps the core aim of, any therapy is to enable the client, and his or her family, to live in hope – realistic hope – for as long as possible?” Read Brain Injury Australia’s Executive Officer Nick Rushworth’s inaugural speech to the annual conference dinner of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) … Read More

BIA EO’s Speech to the National Launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week 2013

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“…Brain Injury Australia wants to restrain this week’s celebration. Make no mistake. Many people with a brain injury will be able to navigate the brave new world of DisabilityCare Australia as easily as the old services system. But some will not.” 2013’s national Brain Injury Awareness Week was launched in Geelong last Monday by the Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny … Read More

BIA’s DisabiltyCare Australia “Practical Design Fund” Report on Indigenous ABI

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In early 2013, Brain Injury Australia was funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Practical Design Fund to develop a culturally appropriate NDIS assessment process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons living with an acquired brain injury (ABI). This project was co-managed by Brain Injury Australia and Synapse (Brain Injury Association of Queensland, Inc.). The research was undertaken … Read More

Brain Injury Australia’s 2011-2012 policy paper on concussion in sport

Brain Injury Australia

The “Consensus Statement” from the fourth international conference of the “Concussion in Sport Group” held in Zurich, Switzerland last November acknowledged, for the first time in the Group’s history, that concussion is a “subset of TBI [traumatic brain injury]”. Brain Injury Australia has recently completed a policy paper on concussion in sport for the Australian Government. The paper focuses on … Read More

BIA’s speech to the launch of the National Trauma Research Institute

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Nick Rushworth spoke at the launch of the new National Trauma Research Institute in Melbourne, Thursday November 17: “…This is why the work of the Institute is such an asset, upstream and downstream – not only in lobbying for better and more trauma care, but – in ensuring evidence-based best practice – compensating, correcting for, leveling out the uneven distribution … Read More

BIA’s speech to the “Placing People with Passion” business lunch, Adelaide, September 23rd

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Nick Rushworth’s speech to the “Placing People with Passion” business lunch, Adelaide, September 23rd, 2011. “I’m hardly an official visitor, let alone some kind of inspector-general, of brain injury rehabilitation services, but the experience that’s typical of recovery from brain injury – especially in regional, rural and remote Australia – is that you exit hospital and fall off the edge … Read More

“Out of Calamity: Stories of Trauma Survivors” by Roger Rees

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Out of Calamity: Stories of Trauma Survivors is a book of portraits of people and their families who have experienced and endured severe brain trauma with dignity, courage, humour and resilience. The portraits are about people who are generally unknown and unrecognised in our communities. Coping daily with severe trauma and consequent loss, they provide the finest examples of the … Read More

BIA’s speech to the launch of the “Wall of Fame”, Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney…

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Nick Rushworth’s speech to the 2011 Brain Injury Awareness Week launch of the Brain Injury Unit’s “Wall of Fame”, Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney: ”…one of those screamingly obvious life lessons you can only truly learn in the crucible of going through something like rehabilitation and recovery from brain injury is that; all of us live and operate in the world … Read More