The 4th Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference will be held at Royal Rehab in Ryde, Sydney, on the 8th and 9th November, 2016.
The conference will feature an “International Keynote Presentation” on traumatic brain injury as a chronic condition, delivered by Professor Barry Willer from the University at Buffalo in New York State.
This year’s Opening Address brings to light the effects of brain injury on mental health. Around 9 in every 10 people who experience a concussion make a complete recovery within a fortnight. But, given how common concussion is, that still leaves a potentially very large number of people living with its consequences.
Challenges to mental health are one of the most under-acknowledged effects of concussion. For instance, a recent study of 235,000 Canadians found the long-term risk of suicide increases three-fold among adults who have sustained a concussion. Robyn Cetinich will deliver both an insightful and moving testimonial for her son, Tyson, (pictured below) who died at 15 after a series of concussions playing sport.
Brain Injury Australia is the major non-financial sponsor of the conference and Brain Injury Australia’s Executive Officer, Nick Rushworth, will be chairing its first day. Download the conference brochure here.