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NDIS Services

Registered NDIS pre-planning, support coordination and specialised services to ensure you, or the person you are caring for, get the most suitable support.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Yarn Up about the NDIS

We have resources designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to start conversations about the NDIS and provide examples of some of the types of supports and services available.

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Our Services

We connect Australians affected by brain injury to assessment, planning, housing, rehabilitation and practical support…

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Advocacy

Advocacy services for you or someone you care for to ensure that rights, interests and needs are upheld across a range of disability systems and services.

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NDIS Support Coordinator

The NDIS Support Coordinator supports people with brain injury to get the most out of their NDIS plans and works creatively with them on ways to build capacity and utilise their funding.

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Yarn Up Employment

Throughout 2020 we will be working with Aboriginal communities and Disability Employment Service providers across Western Australia to develop new, culturally informed resources to support the delivery of employment services.

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Support Coordination

Synapse offers culturally appropriate Support Coordination services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Indigenous Services

We offer culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, including Specialist Disability Accommodation, Support Coordination and NDIS planning tools.

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Child Protection, Youth and Family Services

Child Protection, Youth and Family Services

Adverse life experiences can influence vulnerability to disadvantage including violence, trauma and substance (AOD) misuse, all of which can lead to brain injury.

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Come Home Come Heal Come Rest

Come Home, Come Heal, Come Rest represents three inter-related core strategies oriented to improve understanding of and response to brain injury and cognitive impairment amongst Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Feedback and Complaints

It is the policy of Synapse that customers who have contact with, or access our services have the right to lodge a complaint, make comment and provide feedback if they are unsatisfied or concerned with the treatment or support they receive.

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Synapse History

Since our beginning as Headway Queensland, Synapse has grown to have national reach and become Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation.

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Information & Referral

Specialised information to help you manage life after a brain injury and navigate the complex systems of care and support. Get in touch today.

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disabilities have much lower rates of access to appropriate services and supports including the NDIS.

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Support Services

Our specialist brain injury services provide support for you or someone you care for.  If you have a brain injury or…

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Services for Organisations

Tailored brain injury training and services to help providers and organisations improve their understanding. We…

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Rural and Remote

People with brain injury living in rural and remote locations have significantly less access to services and supports, due to the lack of availability in these areas.

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Community Living Initiative – Cairns

Cairns Community Living is a safe place of belonging for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples with a disability.

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The Guddi Way

The Guddi Way

The Guddi Way Screen is a culturally appropriate screening process to identify brain injury and complex disability. Once a brain injury has been identified, it may enable a pathway to appropriate support via the NDIS. For some people, this may the first time in their lives that a brain injury has been identified and that they have the opportunity to receive support.

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Ageing

We know that for people over 65, there is an increased incidence of conditions that lead to brain injury including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia disorders and injury through falls.

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Make a Donation

Help us to connect people impacted by brain injury to specialist information, support and services.

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About Synapse

Synapse provides a range of support services for people who have been impacted by brain injury and disability, and…

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Manager – Information and Training

The Manager - Information and Training provides operational management of relevant business units and projects across Queensland that lead the localised development of initiatives improving knowledge management, organisational learning, efficiency and business performance.

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Professional Information and Referral

Specialised brain injury information and advice that equips you to provide well informed and suitable services to your clients.

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Community Rules

The Brain Injury Forum exists to provide you with a safe space to discuss your experiences. Our Community Rules outline the values that should guide your discussions and provide further detail on how Synapse staff moderate the forum.

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Legal and Advocacy

Advocacy ensures justice and the fundamental human needs, rights and interests of people impacted by brain injury.

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In Hospital and at Home Support

Our Family Liaison Program provides practical support and information to family members and carers of people who have a brain injury during hospital, rehabilitation and the transition home.  

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Careers

Synapse-Australia's Brain Injury Organisation, is expanding nationally, creating a remarkable opportunity for you to be at the forefront of change as a part of the Synapse team.

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Assessment & Planning

Practical assessments to identify how a brain injury is affecting your daily life and planning to ensure appropriate support.

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Assessing the Disability Needs of Indigenous Prisoners

Synapse is working with Griffith University to review the processes for assessing the disability needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander prisoners.

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Domestic Violence

We recognise the significance of the strong association that has been found between brain injury and domestic violence, from the perspective of both perpetrators and victims.

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Service Form

If you’d like more information about our services, please get in touch with us today. Our team can discuss service options to ensure you’re getting the support you need.

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Cairns Community Housing Initiative

Housing and Homelessness

Home is where the heart is. But for people with brain injury we know this is frequently not the case, with many experiencing housing instability, living in aged care or in housing that does not meet their needs.

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Justice and Corrections

We understand the need for appropriate disability identification and referral processes to better support people with brain injury subject or at risk of custodial sentences and reduce recidivism.

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Our Mission, Vision and Values

When Alwyn Ricci founded Synapse (then Headway) thirty-five years ago, it was to make a genuine and practical difference to the lives of people impacted by brain injury and disability. This same passion and commitment continue to drive us forward today.

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Training & Education

Unique, specialised training to help you and your team better understand the needs of people impacted by brain injury.

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Support for Carers & Families

Synapse Carers connects carers with information, resources and practical support needed continue the caring role while navigating the daily changes and challenges of life that can arise after someone close to you is impacted by brain injury.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

From events and special announcements, to updates on our support services and research, there's always lots happening at Synapse.

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Creating Real Change

We are passionate about creating change across Australia by developing an evidence base to connect knowledge, policy, services and systems that address complex issues surrounding brain injury.

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Community Living Initiative

Cairns Community Living is a safe place of belonging for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples with a disability.

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Support Us

Whether it is through fundraising events and activities, workplace giving or corporate social responsibility, there’s a variety of ways that you can support us.

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Contact Us

Get in touch with us today to make an enquiry or find out more about our services, programs and projects for people impacted by brain injury.

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Get news on all things brain injury including useful information, updates, services and supports, and what we’re…

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Direct Support

Tailored personal support across aspects of daily living, enabling you or someone you support to participate in desired community, vocational and educational activities.

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Women Exiting the Corrections System

In 2018 Synapse partnered with the NSW Department of Justice and Guthrie House, a not-for-profit transitional service for women exiting the prison system, to support women who may have a brain injury.

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Peer Support

Our Reconnections program provides opportunities for people with a brain injury to socialise, share stories, learn new information to feel understood and supported.

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Recovery and Rehab

A good rehabilitation program is vital to optimise recovery following brain injury.

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Synapse News

From events and special announcements, to updates on our support services and research, there's always lots happening at Synapse.

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Synapse Blog

From events and special announcements, to updates on our support services and research, there's always lots happening at Synapse.

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Fact Sheets

Recovery and Rehab

Accommodation options after a brain injury

The effects of a brain injury can be diverse, so a wide range of accommodation options are needed.

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Legal and Advocacy

Advocacy

Advocacy is about justice and the fundamental human needs, rights and interests of everyone, but particularly people with a disability. It can involve getting someone to speak on your behalf, or self-advocacy where you speak for yourself. 

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Recovery and Rehab

Family guide to a low cost rehabilitation program

Your family member is discharged from hospital and you are ready to continue their rehabilitation. The steps listed below may serve as a guide if you wish to develop a program using free or low-cost resources which exist in your community. 

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Impact on Families

Support needs of carers

One of the issues with a brain injury is its incredible complexity which affects each individual differently. This causes significant problems when trying to predict prognosis, recovery outcome, and establishing the injured individual's needs during the recovery process.

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A Parents Guide

Reactions and responses to a child’s brain injury

Brain injury in a child causes many different reactions in the family. There is no single, predictable pattern but the ongoing emotional stress can be very difficult.

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Respite for Carers

Long term carers find that surviving is a matter of taking time out for themselves. Part of this may just be taking time for a cuppa during each day, but often longer breaks are needed.

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Recovery and Rehab

Brain injury rehabilitation: an introduction

Rehabilitation refers to a variety of therapies and support services available to people following the acute phase of recovery, once a person is medically stable.

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Self-Care for Carers and Family Members

Carers need to maintain their health and wellbeing to be in the best frame of mind to care for another individual.

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Treatment

About the medical professionals

There are many professionals who may form part of the medical team.

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A Parents Guide

Promoting your family’s wellbeing

In the aftermath of your child acquiring a brain injury it can be easy to neglect your family. Caring for a child with a brain injury can take a great deal of time and energy. It's easy for everyone else's needs to get side-lined, and difficult to get the balance right.

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Managing Behaviour

Positive behaviour support

Traditional approaches to managing behaviour have been largely ineffective - a more effective approach is positive behaviour support.

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Mental

Brain injury and suicide risks

People with an acquired brain injury may be at risk of suicide at some stage of their recovery process.  It is very important for family members and friends to recognise the danger signs, know how to help and who to turn to for advice or referral. 

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Recovery and Rehab

Leaving hospital

The return home from hospital after a brain injury is usually eagerly awaited by family members.

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Reintegration

Returning to work

One of the main hopes and expectations people have when leaving hospital is that they will return to the work or study they were involved in prior to the brain injury.

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Managing Behaviour

Understanding challenging and complex behaviours

Challenging and complex behaviours are common following a brain injury where there is damage to areas of the brain that control impulses and regulate emotions. 

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Impact on Families

Impact of Brain Injury on Families and Carers

Caring for a person with a disability is one of the most difficult challenges that can confront a family especially for those providing direct care.

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Managing stress and the caring role

Caring for a family member with a brain injury is one of the most difficult challenges that can confront a family especially for those providing direct care.

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Mental Health – Depression and Carers

Caring for someone can be a 24 hour job that is emotionally, physically and financially very stressful. 

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A Parents Guide

Building social skills

Children and young people with a brain injury may have difficulty with the social skills that most of us take for granted.

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Adult Children

A brain injury can be a devastating experience for the parents of an injured adult child.

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Causes of Brain Injury

Stroke

A stroke is an interruption of blood supply to part of the brain

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Services

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Victorian Case Management Services

Specialist Case Management Services for people living with Mental Illness, Acquired Brain Injury and Disabilities

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Advanced Personnel Services

Disability Employment Service (DES) which inludes Disability Management Service and Employment Support Service. Also provides other services outside of employment.

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ABI Services

Specialised supported accommodation in Bathurst. 14 to 55 years of age

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ABI Brain Injury Services

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Advanced Personnel Services

Disability Employment Service (DES) which inludes Disability Management Service and Employment Support Service. Also provides other services outside of employment.

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Melbourne Neuropsychology Services

A private neuropsychology practice providing services throughout metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria.

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ABI Services

A range of services: service plans, recreation activities, accommodation, behaviour management supported programs,case co-ordination, assessments, up to 24 hr care,… Continue reading "ABI Services"

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Access Brain Injury Services

Rehab and consultancy service specialising in brain injury. Clinical services,case management, vocational Rehab, periodic support/advice, group programs and counselling.

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services

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Centacare Migrant Settlement Services

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St Vincent de Paul Society with Settlement Services International (SSI)

In partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI)

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SydWest Multicultural Services

Advocacy and other services such as brokerage and social support groups for a number of different CALD backgrounds.

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Woodville Community Services

Case Management Services/ Community Partipation Programs/ Recreational Program. ( other programs available)

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Health and Human Services

The department offers programs to help create safe and caring homes and communities for all families and children.

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Midwest Occupational Therapy Services

Speech pathologist in Geraldton

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CAFS- Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc

Provides programs to support children, young people, individuals and families who are in need of assistance.

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MOIRA disability and Youth services Coffee Morning

Support for people living with disability, young people experiencing homelessness or other forms of disadvantage

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Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Brisbane

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Hardwick Psychological Services

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The Junction Works- Children Disability Services

Early Intervention, therapy, behaviour support, skill development, community access support, intensive family support

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North Queensland Therapy Services

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Mind Wise Psychology Services

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The Junction Works- Disability Services

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Access Brain Injury Services

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North Queensland Therapy Services

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Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Brisbane

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ANTS – Advanced Neuropsychological Treatment Services (Jamie Berry)

Team of clinical neuropsychologists – GP referral preferred

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Catholic Community Services- Community Options- Homelessness Service

Funded by ADHC- for residents in City of Sydney LGA- homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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Aboriginal Community Elders Services

Assistance with self-care and taking medicine

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Morcare services

Provides assistance with personal activities, participation in community and social activities, development of daily skills and behavioural support.

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Wise Solutions

Provide Disability Employment Services (DES) and jobactive programs and services

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Vision Counselling Perth office

We provide professional psychology and counselling services in individual counselling marriage counselling relationship counselling family counselling psychologists perth Employee Assistance… Continue reading "Vision Counselling Perth office"

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The Personal Group

Disability employment services for people who have a disability or mental health condition.

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ARBIAS

Provides specialist services for people with an acquired brain injury and high complex needs which include alcohol and other drug… Continue reading "ARBIAS"

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Acquired Brain Injury Mobility Service

Provides assessment and retraining for maximum mobility and safety for people with some vision loss related to an ABI.

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Inspire Rehab

Functions both as a rehab but also has distinct services – case management, neuropsychology and clinical psychology services (see other… Continue reading "Inspire Rehab"

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Victoria Aboriginal Health Service

Provides a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for the community.

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Anglicare Disability Case Management & Brokerage

0 – 65yo with different types of disabilities (physical, sensory, neurological – brain injury)

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RDAS- Regional Disability Advocacy Service

Provides advocacy services for people with a disability and their families

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Care1

Provider of care staff and in-home nurses to private, public or community-based organisations. Also specialise in brain injury.

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Relationships Australia

A provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. Also includes Aboriginal services and online counselling

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Ostara Australia

NGO Employment service that works to provide employment services for job seekers with any mental, cultural or emotional challenges.

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O.T. WEST

We provide occupational therapy assessment and rehabilitation services to people at every stage of their life, from early childhood to… Continue reading "O.T. WEST"

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Sane Australia

Provide services for people affected by mental illness, their family and friends including a helpline, online forums, information and resources.

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REDHS

Provides a broad range of services including in home support, allied health services, in home nursing and drug and alchol… Continue reading "REDHS"

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Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service

To provide Illawarra Aboriginal and TSI people with high quality, appropriate, efficient and effective primary health care and related services

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Gorman House

Residential detoxification from alcohol and some other drugs. No methadone/benzos or cannabis. A non medicated detox-5 day program in a… Continue reading "Gorman House"

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Langton Centre

Non residential- medicated- outpatient detox by daily attendance at the centre. Appointment necessary. Harm minimisation philosophy. Counselling and group therapy,… Continue reading "Langton Centre"

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Brisbane Private Hospital, Rehabilitation

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Mid Western Brain Injury Rehab Program

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South West Brain Injury Rehab Service

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Southern Area Brain Injury Service

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Dr Ross Goodheart – Neurologist

Providing neurological consultative services and nerve conduction and electrophysiological services at his rooms in South Perth.

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National OT

Provide occupational therapy, speech pathology, paediatric services and physiotherapy services.

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Anxiety Recovery Centre (ARC)

Provide support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders.

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Bridge Health Pty Ltd

Services can assist those Adults and children with: Neurological disorders Brain injury Stroke Dementia Head and neck cancer Normal ageing

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Perth Adult Speech Pathology

Perth Adult Speech Pathology specialises in communication and swallowing services for adults. Clients are aged 15 years and older.

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Youth Focus

Youth Focus delivers frontline services and education programs which aim to reduce symptoms associated with suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm,… Continue reading "Youth Focus"

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Switchboard

Provides a peer-driven support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual people, their families, allies and communities

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Royal Rehab Private

Wide range of services – neurological, orthopaedic, reconditioning etc

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Yulu-Burri-Ba Wynnum Clinic

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mindhealthconnect

Innovative website dedicated to providing access to trusted, relevant mental health care services, online programs and resources.

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MindSpot Clinic

An online and telephone clinic providing free assessment and treatment services for Australian adults with anxiety or depression.

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Head to Health

Provides assistance to help locate digital mental health services .

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ARUMA

Provides behavioural intervention services for children and adults.

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Victorian Aids and Equipment Program

Provides subsidised aids and equipment, home and vehicle modifications

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Continence Foundation of Australia

Offers information, advice and referral to clinical continence services throughout Australia

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Annecto- The People Network

Aboriginal Service Providers, covers areas: Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Ashfield, Burwood, Canterbury, Strathfield.

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Matchworks -DES

Works with job seekers supporting them to find employment.

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Adssi Homeliving

Offer short term, periodic or longer term case management services.

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Community Transport Organisation

Website has a search engine of community transport services for those disadvantaged including people with a disability.

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Naremburn Family Referral Intake

Family Referral Services

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Royal Ryde Rehab Weemala

Range from high support accommodation to drop in support.

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Australian Network on Disabilities

Collated info on organisations and corporate entities that offer open employment, mentorship and paid internships.

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Break Thru Solutions

Generalist service – works with all types of disabilities

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Max Employment

Under Max Solutions – also includes indigenous employment program

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OCTEC

Has both DES and Transition to Work (TTW). Covers region – Macarthur, Macleay, Manning, Murray Darling, Nepean, New England, North… Continue reading "OCTEC"

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Gem Hill Cottage

Respite funded through ADHC and MAA. Established specifically for people with a brain injury.

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At Work Australia

Works with job seekers supporting them to find employment.

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APM

Provides assistance to someone with an injury, health condition or disability find a job.

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Vision Australia

Provides specialist employment service for people with vision impairment.

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Workways

Provide specialist help for people with disability, illness or injury to find and keep a job.

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MAX Solutions

Provides assistance to find the right job, prepare resumes, develop skills and experience to apply for work.

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Launch Housing

Offers emergency shelter, crisis accommodation, specialist supports, and rough sleeping services

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UnitingCare NSW/ACT in partnership with SSI

In partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI)

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Amparo Advocacy

AMPARO Advocacy is a non-profit community organisation which provides independent individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people from… Continue reading "Amparo Advocacy"

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Openminds

Open Minds a leading provider of mental health and disability support services in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. With… Continue reading "Openminds"

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Kurbingui Youth Development Association Inc.

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Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health

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Sir Charles Gardner Hospital Mental Health Clinic

Authorised 30 bed Adult Mental Health Unit providing assessment and treatment for acute mental health conditions.

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ARBIAS

Provides an intensive outreach case management services for clients funded by the Transport Accident Commission and present with a range… Continue reading "ARBIAS"

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Caulfield Hospital: ABI Rehab Clinic

The ABI rehab clinic cares for and supports patients who have suffered a brain injury.

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ARBIAS

Range of services including clinical psychology and behavioural support

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Headspace

headspace centres and services operate across Australia, in metro, regional and rural areas, supporting young Australians and their families to… Continue reading "Headspace"

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Caulfield Hospital-Neuro Rehab Clinic

The Neuro Rehab Clinic treat and care for people after brain or spinal cord damage.

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Openminds

Counselling services for adults and chidlren in relation to grief and bereavement. Training courses also available. Adult sessions incur a… Continue reading "Openminds"

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RDAS- Regional Disability Advocacy Service

Provides advocacy services for people with a disability and their families

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Gippsland Disability Advocacy

Provides advocacy services for people with a disability and their families

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Paul Gertler

Clinical Neuropsychologist who also offers psychological services for BI – behaviour support, memory aides, social integration etc.

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Aboriginal Disability Network NSW

Empowerment and promotion of the rights of Aboriginal PWD

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Australian Health and Medical Research Council

NGO, member based, Indigenous-run. Twitter @AHMRC

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Samaritans

Emergency relief centres, tenancy participation services, student accommodation

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Telephone support – call for more info on services

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Narcotics Anonymous

Telephone support – call for more info on services

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CORAS (Colac Otway Region Advocacy Service Inc)

Provides advocacy services for people with a disability and their families

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Mid North Coast Brain Injury Rehabilitation Servic

Rural

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North Coast Brain Injury Unit

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Ilana Hepner (Dr)

Clinical Neurospychologist – All types of referrals accepted including self referral

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Jeanette Stewart

Neuropsychologist – All types of referrals accepted including self referral

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GROW

Provides mental health support groups and services

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Breathe Counselling Perth

Breathe Counselling offers professional, confidential and compassionate counselling services. Our team of qualified counsellors offer individuals, couples and families solutions… Continue reading "Breathe Counselling Perth"

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Breathe Counselling Perth

Breathe Counselling offers professional, confidential and compassionate counselling services. Our team of qualified counsellors offer individuals, couples and families solutions… Continue reading "Breathe Counselling Perth"

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Breathe Counselling Perth

Breathe Counselling offers professional, confidential and compassionate counselling services. Our team of qualified counsellors offer individuals, couples and families solutions… Continue reading "Breathe Counselling Perth"

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Breathe Counselling Perth

Breathe Counselling offers professional, confidential and compassionate counselling services. Our team of qualified counsellors offer individuals, couples and families solutions… Continue reading "Breathe Counselling Perth"

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Carers Australia

Short- term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families in each state and territory.

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Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

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Quigley Street Night Shelter

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Wellways

A not-for-profit mental health and disability support organization. Their services span mental health, disability and community care

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Gisella Artola Speech Pathology (SP)

Speech pathology services incl. training in ipad apps/communication

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Sharee Lussick

Social Worker- experienced/private- Access Brain Injury Services. Will provide counselling and support to individuals and families affected by brain injury.… Continue reading "Sharee Lussick"

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ARBIAS

Not for profit organisation that provides specialist services for people with an acquired brain injury and high complex needs which… Continue reading "ARBIAS"

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Yarra City Psychology

A team of experienced psychologists and neuropsychologists that offer psychological services to individuals with a broad range of clinical needs.

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Break Thru Solutions

Generalist service – works with all types of disabilities

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Max Employment

Under Max Solutions – also includes indigenous employment program

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Everyday Independence

Community based therapy service offering occupational therapy, speech pathology and physiotherapy services.

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Mental Health Association

Specialises in public policy, workforce development and training, and services that build individual, organisational and community capacity.

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OCTEC

Has both DES and Transition to Work (TTW). Covers region – Macarthur, Macleay, Manning, Murray Darling, Nepean, New England, North… Continue reading "OCTEC"

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Wise Employment

Specifically an employment service. Offices in Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Berri, Broadmeadows, Cabramatta, Camden, Campbelltown.

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Crossroads Counselling Practice – Melissa Adams (OT)

OT with experience in mental health – also includes counselling services.

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Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation

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Wise Employment

Specifically an employment service. Offices in Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Berri, Broadmeadows, Cabramatta, Camden, Campbelltown.

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News

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Synapse launch in Western Australia ensures local brain injury services

In late 2018, the Board of Headwest voted on a resolution to dissolve the organisation and transfer all assets to Synapse - Australia's Brain Injury Organisation.

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Synapse awarded a $1.8 million NDIS grant to extend information services nationally.

In late 2019 Synapse was awarded a three-year, $1.8 million Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to deliver a National Information Program focused on expanding brain injury information services over the next three years.

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Synapse strongly rejects compulsory NDIS Independent Assessments

The Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Hon Stuart Robert, recently announced the introduction of compulsory Independent Assessments for people with disability to be able to access the NDIS, and as part of the plan review process. Synapse opposes this, and here’s why.

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COVID-19 – Changes to NDIS Support Coordination

For many NDIS participants Coronavirus has meant a change in the way they are able to access services, with less (or no) face to face supports and more telehealth and online supports. The NDIA has made some changes to plan funding to try and make sure participants still have access to supports.

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Get the Most from Changes to NDIS Support Coordination

The NDIA has decided to indefinitely extend the use of core funding to access Support Coordination, making it easier to get the most from your NDIS plan.

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Expanding our Services Nationally

2020 is shaping up to be a big year for Synapse as we roll out the three-year $1.8 million Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) NDIS grant to extend our brain injury information and referral service nationally.

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COVID-19 – Navigating Restrictions on Shared Living Visitation
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COVID-19 – Navigating Restrictions on Shared Living Visitation

During COVID-19 restrictions on visits to shared living and care facilities have left many families separated from their loved ones, causing much worry and emotional stress.

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Synapse CEO Jennifer Cullen on the DSC ‘Disability Done Different’ Podcast

This month Jennifer sat down with the DSC team to yarn about being a proud Aboriginal woman and CEO of Synapse and how language, communication and co-design are vital to ensuring the inclusion of everyone in the disability sector.

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Synapse Announced as Finalists for HESTA Excellence Awards

The HESTA Excellence Awards recognise exceptional achievements in a range of settings across aged care, allied health, community services and disability services. Synapse has been nominated for Outstanding Organisation in Disability Services, a testament to the hard work of our committed staff.

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Developing Culturally Informed Employment Resources in Western Australia

Aboriginal people can sometimes experience challenges when connecting with and engaging services. These challenges often occur when services are developed without connection to local culture and community.  

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Synapse COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

In light of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, we are taking measures across all programs and services to ensure we minimise the risk to our community.

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Synapse wins HESTA Excellence Award for Outstanding Organisation in Disability Services

Synapse wins 2020 HESTA Excellence Award for Outstanding Organisation in Disability Services

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Brain Injury Network event

Our recent Synapse Brain Injury Network event featured speakers discussing their professional experience with working within the NDIS system, and getting the best outcome for their clients.

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MEDIA RELEASE: NDIA plans ‘doubling down’ on exclusion for marginalised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Plans to introduce independent assessments to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will amount to a ‘doubling down’ on exclusion for some of Australia’s most marginalised peoples.

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Synapse CEO, Jennifer Cullen, Receives Degree of Doctor of the University

Synapse—Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation CEO, Jennifer Cullen, has been awarded an honorary degree of the Doctor of the University from Griffith University.

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Synapse CEO Jennifer Cullen reappointed to NDIA Independent Advisory Council

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert announced on Wednesday 1 July that our CEO Jennifer Cullen has been reappointed to the Independent Advisory Council for another term.

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Synapse to develop an online brain injury information hub

After recently being awarded an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Synapse is working with the brain injury and disability community across Australia to deliver a unique, comprehensive brain injury Information Hub.

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Growing Nationally, Engaging Locally

Despite the challenges presented by 2020, we are continuing to grow as Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation. With the expansion of our services in Western Australia and continued progress on several significant national projects, there are plenty of opportunities to join the Synapse team and make a difference for people impacted by brain injury.

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Expanding Our Family Liaison Service

Synapse Family Liaison Officers provide practical support and information to family members and carers of people who have brain injury.    

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Community Living Initiative Mentor

Jamen started working at the Community Living Initiative in Cairns two-months before it opened to tenants in 2017. His role is to mentor the team working at the Community Living Initiative and act as a conduit between the team and tenants.

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Connect with Synapse Online Peer Groups

While COVID-19 is forcing us to stay physically distanced, Synapse is making sure that people living with brain injury stay connected and socially active. We’ve made changes to our programs and now offer more services online as part of our COVID-19 response.

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Everyday Isolation After a Brain Injury – What Does It Look Like?

Picture this: You’re stuck at home. Your normal routine is gone, and there’s limits on what you can do and you can’t do. You’ve watched more TV recently than you ever have before in your life. Your life usually has structure – work, study, hobbies, going out with friends, and without that, you’re feeling bored and frustrated. When will this end?

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New initiatives to stop younger people going into aged care by 2022

Organisations supporting young people living in nursing homes have welcomed the Morrison Government’s commitment to work to the targets endorsed by the Aged Care Royal Commission.

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Assessing the Disability Needs of Indigenous Prisoners

Synapse is sub-contracted to Griffith University to run the Assessing the Disability Needs of Indigenous Prisoners (ADNIP) project, which is funded by the Department of Social Services. This is a national project examining the methods and processes for the identification of disability and provision of support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander prisoners and formerly incarcerated people.

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Launch of New Online Brain Injury Hub to Guide People Through Recovery

Synapse - Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation, has launched a new website which includes a comprehensive brain injury information hub.

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Understanding Behaviour Changes after Brain Injury

Behaviour changes are part of brain injury for most people, but it’s an aspect that often isn’t fully apparent until you return home and life outside of the hospital routines begins.

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Brain Injury Awareness Week – ‘Welcome to our World’: Social Isolation after Brain Injury

Brain Injury Awareness Week is being held this year 17-23 August. Our theme for 2020 is ‘Welcome to our World’: Social Isolation after Brain Injury.

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Brain Drain Co. Market Day shows local support for Synapse

Brain Drain Co. hosted their inaugural Market Day in support of Synapse on December 21st at Crowbar in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The afternoon event saw local creators and musicians come together to raise awareness of the work Synapse does to support families impacted by brain injury.

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