About Brain Injury


Understanding Brain Trauma – Moving Ahead Chief Investigators, Professor Skye McDonald (UNSW) and Professor Jennie Ponsford (Monash University), provide expertise regarding the mechanisms and rehabilitation that arise after a brain injury to Catalyst reporter, Dr Maryanne Demasi.


Understanding and managing traumatic brain injury – Moving Ahead Chief Investigator, Professor Jennie Ponsford (Monash University), provides a thorough overview of TBI, including – the mechanisms of injury, psychosocial outcomes, rehabilitation following TBI, future directions for brain injury research and more.


Online Lecture Series: Understanding brain injury and how to work with people with ABI – Sue Sloan is a registered Occupational Therapist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for over 40 years and has developed a strong interest in long-term rehabilitation where individuals experience complex cognitive-behavioural problems. Sue has published a series of six online lectures exploring brain injury and how to work with people who have acquired brain injury.


Understanding TBI – The University of Washington MSKTC and the TBI Model Systems in the United States developed a four-part series designed to help consumers understand traumatic brain injury.


Clinical Neuropsychologist, Dr Glen Johnson from Michigan, USA, provides a clear understanding of what happens after a head injury and discusses commonly asked questions in his online book titled Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide. Dr Johnson wrote this book with the goal of better preparing the head injured person and family for the recovery that lies ahead.


ASSBISince 1978, Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) has provided a unique forum for multi-disciplinary research and clinical practice for Australasian professionals working in brain impairment by offering annual continuing education opportunities through training, workshops, webinars and resources including assessments, treatments and books.

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Brain Injury Australia – This acquired brain injury (ABI) advocacy body works at a national level to ensure that all people living with ABI have access to the support and resources they need to optimise their social and economic participation in the community.


Brain Injury Rehabilitation Network – As part of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation in Australia, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Network exists to improve rehabilitation outcomes for adults, young people and children following TBI by supporting clinicians and consumers to develop and implement best practice treatment across inpatient, transitional and community settings.

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Synapse – Formerly known as the Brain Injury Association of Queensland, Synapse seeks to be the lead community-based organisation in QLD Australia providing support, advocacy and information to people with an ABI, their families, and to individuals or organisations that share the ABI experience in any way and for any reason.


Brain Injury Network of South AustraliaFor over 25 years, BINSA has been a dynamic organisation in South Australia that continues to empower and support people living with an ABI by delivering specialist services and programs.


Brain Injury Association of TasmaniaA peak body in Tasmania, Australia, BIAT monitors and supports the long term needs of people living with or affected by acquired brain injury. BIAT also plays a key role in activities that contribute to a community that is more informed about ABI.


BrainLinkLocated in Victoria, Australia, this service is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people affected by brain conditions by providing information and support to those affected and their families. BrainLink has a library that offers books, articles and videos about children and young people with ABI and their families.

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Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation UnitLocated at Liverpool Hospital in NSW, Australia, the LBIRU has established a national and international reputation for outstanding research in the rehabilitation of people with TBI. This Unit not only provides rehabilitation services for people with TBI, but also provides various resources for people living with a brain injury and their families.


Acquired Brain Injury Outreach ServiceSupported by the Queensland Government Health Services, ABIOS is a specialist community-based rehabilitation service to enhance the service system for people with ABI and their families. Their mission is to assist people with ABI in OLD Australia, their families and carers to achieve an improved quality of life and community integration through increased independence, choice, opportunity and access to appropriate and responsive services.


Murdoch Childrens Research InstituteMCRI is the largest child health research institute in Australia with over 1500 researchers working to translate research into effective prevention, early intervention and treatments for children. This institute investigates an array of health-related illnesses and injuries, with traumatic brain injury being one area of research focus. Currently there are over five ongoing research projects relating to TBI research in children at MCRI.

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HeadEast – Located in the Eastern Sydney area of Australia, this community-based service assists people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) to develop fulfilling, self-directed and independent lifestyles. The service provides individual support and hosts social groups for people with an ABI and their families, and delivers life skills workshops.

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Headway ADP – Located in Bankstown NSW Australia, this community access service is recognised as a leading organisation providing innovative and specialised services to adults with an acquired brain injury. Since 1983, Headway ADP has committed to empowering participants to reach their full potential through an individualised and flexible approach in a caring, welcoming and professional environment.

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Headway: Life Beyond Brain Injury – Located in the Illawarra NSW area of Australia, this widely recognised organisation provides support and advocacy to adults with an ABI. Established in 1985, their community access program offers a variety of activities providing opportunities for genuine community participation and integration.


Headwest: Brain Injury Association of WA Inc – Located in Western Australia, Headwest has over 30 years of expertise within the field of ABI and disability services. This organisation provides individualised support services and training courses for people with a disability, their families and carers.


Headway Gold Coast Inc – Established in 1986, this Australian not-for-profit, community based organisation offers individual support to people aged 18 to 65 living in the Gold Coast, QLD region with an acquired brain injury, their carers, family and friends.

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Break Thru – Break Thru is a national not-for-profit organisation in Australia committed to empowering people to create their own futures through the provision of high quality person-centric programs enabling thousands of people every year to address mental health, employment, disability, homelessness and training needs. With over 20 years of demonstrated service to the community, Break Thru offers vocational rehabilitation services and quality personal support programs in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.


Summer Foundation – This Australian-based, knowledge hub for research about young people in nursing homes and potential solutions was established in 2006. The Foundation’s vision is that young people who have a disability and complex care needs would have inherent value as members of society with access to a range of housing and support options that enhance health, wellbeing and participation. The research that underpins the Foundation’s vision provides an evidence base for policy and practice change, which is then disseminated to both the decision makers and the wider community.


Lifetime Care and Support Authority – The Lifetime Care & Support Scheme provides treatment, rehabilitation and attendant care services to people severely injured in motor accidents in NSW, Australia, regardless of who was at fault in the accident. People who are eligible for the Scheme will have a spinal cord injury; moderate to severe brain injury; amputations; severe burns; or will be blind as a result of the accident.


National Disability Insurance Agency – The NDIA is an independent statutory agency to support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. Their main priority is to ensure people with disability continue to get the support they need.


International Brain Injury Association – Established in 1993, IBIA serves as a global platform for brain injury professionals to exchange information supporting the care, treatment, and management of traumatic brain injury.


Brain Injury Association of America – The BIAA is the United States’ oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organisation. Their mission is to advance awareness, research, treatment and education; as well as to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury.


MSKTC – The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in the USA summarizes research, identifies health information needs and develops systems for sharing information for the NIDRR model systems programs in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury.


Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI)The MMRI has an international reputation for pioneering research in cognitive neuroscience and rehabilitation, and TBI treatments and outcomes. The Institute remains listed as one of the top 10 rehabilitation centres in the USA.

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BrainLine – BrainLine.org, in the USA, offers facts, information, resources, and support for preventing, treating, and living with TBI.

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TBI A to ZThe Journey Home, based in the USA, provides an informative and sensitive exploration of TBI through educational tools aimed to improve patient outcomes while offering an empowering and impactful resource for both patients, carers and providers.


Center on Brain Injury Research & TrainingThe CBIRT is a center, located at the University of Oregon, USA, that conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with TBI. The center’s research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life.


Lash & Associates Publishing/Training Inc.Lash & Associates in the USA has been developing therapeutic tools for adults and children with brain injury for over 20 years. Offering shipping world-wide, this company provides a comprehensive product line with over 200 user-friendly resources including tip cards, books, manuals, DVDs and training kits.


Headway: the brain injury association – Located in the UK, this charity was formed by a group of families who got together to support each other in helping to improve life after brain injury. Since its humble origins, this association has seen increasing growth and continues its aim to improve life after brain injury; providing support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to health professionals.


WFNR – The World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organisation based in the UK that is open to any professional with an interest in neurological rehabilitation. The organisation exists to act as a forum of communication between those with an interest in the subject.

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NR-SIG-WFNR – Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organisation based in Australia that is open to any professional with an interest in neurological rehabilitation.