Brain Injury Australia to Facilitate “Community of Practice” in Brain Injury for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has asked Brain Injury Australia to develop, and facilitate, a “community of practice” in brain injury for the Scheme. According to the Swiss educational theorist who came up with the concept, Etienne Wenger, a “community of practice” brings together a “group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

“Mytherappy”: Free App Review Website For Recovery From Brain Injury

An “app”, or application, is downloaded by a user to a mobile device, such as a phone. Some “health apps” can help people with a brain injury recover from their injury, when used together with therapy and rehabilitation, but using the right app is important. National Health Service (NHS) specialists and patients in the United Kingdom have partnered to launch the first free app review website – “mytherappy” – to help people with brain injury and stroke find the right app to meet their needs.

New Research: Girls’ Soccer has the Highest Concussion Rate of any High School Sport (2017)

Girls Soccer Concussion

A survey of injuries over 10 years of high school sports in the United States found that girls were 12 per cent more likely to sustain a concussion than boys, and that girls’ soccer had the highest rate of concussion overall. Researchers from Northwestern and Wake Forest universities analysed 6,400 concussions sustained during high school sports in the United States between 2005 and 2015. Among their findings was that gridiron football – a so-called “collision” sport with high concussion risk exposures – was fourth on the list of concussions (as a percentage of total injuries) behind girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball and girls’ basketball.

Dates For Your Diary: Brain Injury Australia to Hold Back-to-Back Workshops on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Brain Injury Australia will be holding two workshops on the National Disability Insurance Scheme for people with a brain injury, on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st November – at Royal Rehab in Sydney. The workshops will be led by: Professor Barry Willer from the Department of Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo; Libby Callaway, principal occupational therapist at Neuroskills; Associate Professor Natasha Lannin from La Trobe University; and occupational therapist and clinical neuropsychologist Sue Sloan.

Neurological Alliance Australia Releases Paper on Degenerative Disease

In a Joint Position Paper released in Canberra on March 22nd, the ten national peak bodies of the Neurological Alliance Australia (NAA) – including Brain Injury Australia – called on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to better meet the needs of the 850,000 Australians living with progressive neurological or neuromuscular conditions that have no known cause, and no cure.

Brain Injury Australia’s Charity Partner – The Ice Hockey Classic – Returns in 2017

In a partnership between concussion awareness and education platform Stopconcussions Foundation and Brain Injury Australia, Australia will play host to North America’s finest ice hockey players – including representatives from the National Hockey League (NHL), widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world – when USA takes on Canada in the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic in June.

Neuromoves Launches in Sydney: Exercise Programs for Neurological Conditions

Spinal Cord injuries Australia – “providing consumer based support to people with physical disabilities” – has launched its NeuroMoves exercise program in Sydney, targeting people with neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease or cerebral palsy.

Barwon Stroke Center Opens for People With Stroke

The Stroke Association of Victoria (SAV) has opened the Barwon Support Centre in Geelong, Victoria, as part of SAV’s Life After Stroke Pathway, to provide people with stroke and their carers access to information and peer support services they need to participate in the community. This Centre is a feature of SAV’s strategy to establish new “stroke centres” in each health region, with integration to local health providers. A focus of SAV’s activities is to attract people older than 18 but younger than 65 with first-time stroke (“young strokes”) to use support services and participate in the community.