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About Brain Injury

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About Brain Injury

Over 1.6 million Australians are affected with some form of Brain  Injury - that's over 1 in 12 (World Health Organization, 2006).

 

Did you know around twice as many people are diagnosed each year with Brain Injury  compared with those for breast cancer and yet very few people know about Brain Disorders (AIHW, 2010).


Brain Injuries are part of a complex spectrum of disorders that refers to any type of (organic) damage to the brain or neurological disruption occurring after birth.


With your help we want to show the community how to send a message of support to all those adults and children living with a Brain Injury:

 

  • When "one punch doesn't kill",
  • As a result of falls, motor cycle and motor vehicle accidents, and other trauma,
  • As a result of degenerative diseases, brain tumours, Dementia, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and other brain illnesses,
  • As a result of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases,
  • As a result of alcohol, drug abuse, concussion or repeated knocks to the head from sports.


Through our work and the work of our affiliates across Australia, we know that the current statistics don't mirror society. They grossly underestimate the real numbers, and many people with a Brain Injury  are either misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Unfortunately it is often the most vulnerable people in the community affected, but never diagnosed, including:

 

  • Indigenous Australians,
  • Homeless people,
  • Survivors of domestic violence,
  • Soldiers who survive the ravages of war,
  • People in the criminal justice system.

 

You can learn more about Brain Injury  by checking out our Fact Sheets or Publications (available online, for download, or via our web store), 

 

 

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