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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Murri Court Pilot Project

In 2018-2019 Synapse partnered with the Brisbane Murri Court to complete a pilot project in response to the need for culturally safe screening for brain injury and complex disability in the Murri Court system.

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Brain Injury Awareness Week 2020

During Brain Injury Awareness Week 2020 we are exploring stories from people with brain injury and their families about what has worked for them in combating the social isolation that everyone else is now better able to understand.

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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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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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Housing Options

Information and practical housing support options to help you or someone you support live in the home and community of their choice.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recovery and Rehab

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

We are committed to increasing awareness about FASD, particularly in relation to people who may be undiagnosed and at risk of homelessness and/or engagement with the criminal justice system.

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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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Our Services

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

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Why Our Work Matters

We are tackling the complex issues that contribute to the prevalence and impact of brain injury and continue cycles of disadvantage and marginalisation for many individuals and their communities.

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Understanding Brain Injury

While every brain injury is different, we have a range of information on hand that can help explain the impacts.

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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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Legal and Advocacy

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

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Our Board and Leadership

The Synapse Leadership Team is responsible for providing strategic and operational management. The team has a diversity of specialist disability, health, research and corporate skills. Our Board members provide a broad range of experience in governance, finance, operations, disability, communications and health.

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Community Hub

Connect with the community, share your experiences and be surrounded by support. Whether you’re a family member, a…

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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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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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Family and Carers

Caring for a family member with a brain injury can be challenging, and it is important to remember that carers also need support.

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Partners

Synapse partners with research institutions, organisations and government bodies to create change for those impacted by brain injury.

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Facebook Groups

Join one of our safe and supportive Facebook Groups for people with a brain injury, their carers and extended community.

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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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Make a Donation

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

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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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Effects of Brain Injury

The long term effects of brain injury are different for each person but can be addressed with proper management and support.

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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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Services for Organisations

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

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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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Causes of Brain Injury

Almost everything we do, say and think is controlled by our brain, so when our brain is injured, it has the potential to affect every aspect of life.

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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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Find a Service

Our curated service directory will help you to find service providers in your area who have the experience and qualifications necessary to address the many and varied needs of life with a brain injury. 

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Focus Form

To learn more about our areas of focus and current research projects, please contact us today. We would love to work together to raise awareness and create positive change.

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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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Post Occupancy Evaluation (Cairns)

A housing model evaluation of our Cairns Community Living Initiative to systemically understand the outcomes of design decisions against the building’s performance in terms of user needs.

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Community Support

Connect with people who understand brain injury and get practical information, advice and support while developing…

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Brain Injury Basics

Almost everything we do, say and think is controlled by our brain, so when our brain is injured, it can affect every aspect of life.

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Living with Brain Injury

Living with a brain injury can be an adjustment, both to the person with a brain injury and their family.

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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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Events

Find out what’s happening and join us at our events. We host regular support groups, community events,…

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Personal Stories

Personal Stories

Hear about the experiences of people who have been impacted by brain injury including people with brain injury, family members, and carers.

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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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Newsletter

We strive to keep you updated with what’s happening at Synapse and across Australia surrounding brain injury and…

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Newsletter

We strive to keep you updated with what’s happening at Synapse and across Australia surrounding brain injury and…

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Fact Sheets

A Parents Guide

Language and Living Skills

Language and everyday living skills may need particular attention to ensure that a child with a brain injury recovers to the fullest extent possible over the years.

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Recovery and Rehab

Rehabilitation tips

Although the degree of recovery is largely determined by the nature and extent of the injury, the level of engagement in rehabilitation also significantly affects recovery outcomes. There are many things people can do to maximise recovery throughout the rehabilitation process and beyond.

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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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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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A Parents Guide

Your Child’s Development

A brain injury can disrupt the long and complicated process to move from childhood through to being a mature adult.

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Sexual changes

Acquired brain injury (ABI) can have a number of consequences for an individual's sexual functioning. Talking about sex can be embarrassing, but it is important for the person with brain injury and their loved ones to discuss the various issues.

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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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Health and Wellbeing

Nutrition, diet and brain injury

A healthy diet is an essential key to maximizing your brain's potential after a brain injury. 

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A Parents Guide

Balancing risk and independence for children with a brain injury

Growing up involves taking risks - this is normal as young people 'test the waters' and move towards independence and adulthood.

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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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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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Social Skills and Confidence

Social Skills and Confidence can both be affected following an acquired brain injury.

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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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A Parents Guide

Challenging behaviour

Parents generally want the best for their children. Despite obstacles presented by a brain injury, parents can still bring out their children's strengths, help them to ride out the difficulties, and enable them to develop to their full potential.

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Emotional

Hope after brain injury

No one can truly understand the devastating impact a brain injury can have without experiencing it personally. Many face despair and depression in the early days, as the extent to which their lives have changed becomes clear. However, there is always hope.

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Causes of Brain Injury

Infections and Diseases

Infections that cause swelling in the brain or the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord (meninges) can result in acquired brain injury (ABI).

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A Parents Guide

Adult Children

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

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Reintegration

Returning to studies

Survivors of a brain injury who have done very well in their recovery may still face significant challenges in returning to their studies.

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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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Speech deficits and speech pathologists

Speech language pathology encompasses the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.

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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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Physical

Sensory and perceptual problems

Sensory and perceptual problems can arise from damage to the right side of the brain or the parietal and occipital lobes of the brain.

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A Parents Guide

The early days after your child’s brain injury

Raising a child brings challenges to all parents, and for parents of a child with a brain injury, those challenges can be magnified.

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Recovery and Rehab

Pain Management and brain injury

Pain can be one of the many resulting effects from a brain injury and it needs appropriate management.

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Recovery and Rehab

Steps to a healthier brain

The brain needs exercise to stay in optimum health, just like our body. Practising skills will lead to better performance and ongoing mental stimulation will help protect against mental decline.

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Social and recreational activities

Having a social life and pursuing interests make life worthwhile and are important to consider following brain injury.

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Steps to independence

Resuming an independent lifestyle safely after a brain injury is an important goal. This goal should be approached in stages based on individual needs and abilities.

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Cognitive

Attention and concentration problems

A brain injury can affect attention or concentration abilities, leading to problems with work, study and everyday living.

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Impact on Families

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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Causes of Brain Injury

Brain tumours and brain cancer

Brain tumours can affect brain function in a number of ways and to varying degrees, depending on where they grow and how severe they are.

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Dementia and brain injury

Dementia is a category of brain diseases that result in memory loss and deterioration of speech, motor skills and cognitive functioning as it progresses.  

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Clinical Depression

Clinical depression is a serious disorder that impacts on a person physically, emotionally and even cognitively - slowing thought processes and reducing the ability to concentrate.

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Causes of Brain Injury

Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injury (lack of oxygen)

Brain injury can occur when there is a reduction in (hypoxic) or complete lack of (anoxic) oxygen supply to the brain.

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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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Emotional

The post-rehabilitation slump

Survivors of a brain injury often make excellent recoveries through a positive attitude, hard work and professional and family support. But once the rehabilitation is over there can be a sudden slump, leaving the survivor with depression or despair.

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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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Causes of Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been defined as ‘an injury to the brain resulting from an externally applied mechanical force that affects the brain and leads to loss of consciousness or coma’

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Coma and brain injury

Coma is generally the result of damage or interference with particular structures of the brain, and its length and depth provide a strong indication of the severity of brain injury.

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Motivation and initiation (Adynamia)

Some brain injuries can result in a loss of motivation and difficulty in getting started with activities.

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Brain Injury Basics

Understanding the Brain

The brain controls and coordinates everything we do - our movements, feelings, thoughts, and bodily functions.

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Impact on Families

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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Diagnosis

Why predictions are difficult

Predictions of recovery are difficult in the months following a brain injury.

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Reintegration

Brain injury information for employers

Accommodations in the workplace are simply adaptations that allow a person with a disability to work effectively.

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Physical

Headache and brain injury

Headaches are a common and often persistent problem after acquiring a brain injury.  Headaches can arise after damage to different structures both inside and outside the head.

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Brain Injury Basics

About Brain Injury

Brain injury includes a number of conditions and disorders that result in impairment to the brain and its functions.

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Epilepsy

Epilepsy is recurring brief episodes of abnormal electrical activity in the brain leading to uncontrolled convulsions and unconsciousness, or a momentary loss of awareness.

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Causes of Brain Injury

Alcohol & Drug Related Brain Injury

Alcohol is a poison, or neurotoxin, that can cause physical injury to the brain. This is known as Alcohol Related Brain Injury (ARBI). Other drugs, which fall into the category of stimulants, depressants or hallucinogens, can also lead to impairments. A person under the influence of alcohol or drugs is also at risk of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) due to accidents.

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Health and Wellbeing

Medication

A brain injury may result in an ongoing need for medications prescribed to you by your doctor.

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Causes of Brain Injury

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a range of impairments that children are at risk of developing if exposed to alcohol before birth.

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Diagnosis

Determining brain injury severity

Several indicators are used to make predictions in determining brain injury severity.

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Physical

Sleeping issues after a brain injury

Lack of sleep has a negative effect on our cognition, mood, energy levels and appetite. The average person needs eight hours of sleep a night or will suffer from decreased concentration, energy and many other problems. These effects are multiplied many times by a traumatic brain injury, stroke and other types of brain disorder.

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Behavioural

Impaired self-awareness and brain injury

Lack of self-awareness is a common outcome for people who sustain brain injuries with frontal lobe damage. Their inability to self-monitor and self-correct behaviour can lead to challenging behaviours.

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Physical

Balance problems and dizziness after a brain injury

Dizziness and balance problems are common after a brain injury. This can result in problems with movement even when there is no loss of function in the limbs themselves.

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Impact on Families

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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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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Diagnosis

Tests and scans

Some of these tests may be done very soon after admission to hospital as the doctors need to rapidly assess the danger of the brain injury worsening. 

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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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Causes of Brain Injury

Degenerative Conditions

Degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease lead to a progressive decline in brain function characterised by dementia. Symptoms include problems with memory, perception, behaviour, language and personality.

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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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Emotional

Avoiding boredom after a brain injury

Creating a meaningful routine can help make life easier and avoid boredom.

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Behavioural

Self-centredness

The ability to view the world from someone else’s point of view is a very complex cognitive skill that occurs in the frontal lobes of the brain. This is a very common area to be affected in a brain injury and other brain disorders which can cause self-centered behaviour.

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Brain Injury Basics

Understanding the Nervous System

The nervous system is a complex system including the brain, spinal cord and nerves. It interprets and responds to information received through the senses.

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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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Cognitive

Difficulty with making decisions

Decision-making is one element of a broader set of mental skills that have been called 'executive functions' - these are the skills needed to enable us to deal with problems that arise in everyday life, and to cope with new situations.

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Cognitive

Memory Problems and Tips

Short-term memory loss is very common after a brain injury – thankfully there are plenty of coping strategies available. Typical situations include forgetting people's names, losing a train of thought, getting lost at the shops, repeating or forgetting past conversations, misplacing objects and difficulty learning new skills. 

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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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Physical

Hearing problems after a brain injury

A brain injury can damage both mechanical and neurological processes and result in a variety of hearing difficulties.

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Recovery and Rehab

Neuropsychological Assessment

A neuropsychological assessment provides information about the way in which a brain injury affects the way a person thinks and acts.

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Behavioural

Impulsive behaviour

Injury to the frontal lobes after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect the area of the brain that normally controls our impulses.

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Managing Behaviour

Giving feedback on behaviour

Clear, direct and immediate feedback is a key part of a positive response to challenging behaviours after a brain injury.

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At Hospital

Coping with stress in hospital

A brain injury has an immediate effect on the family as they battle a wide range of emotions while coming to grips with the hospital system.

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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

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks occur when the body reacts as if it is in immense danger in a situation where most people would not be afraid.

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Managing Behaviour

Domestic violence

Challenging behaviours after a brain injury can sometimes lead to domestic violence within a family.

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Physical

Managing fatigue

Fatigue is a common and very disabling symptom experienced by people with a brain injury.

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Managing Behaviour

The ABC Approach to Behaviour Support

The ABC model is an effective way to understand challenging behaviour and develop suitable responses within a positive behaviour support plan.

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At Hospital

Support and Advocacy

There are many places to find support in the hospital. Below are some of the places you can find support.

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Behavioural

Anger

Anger is a common emotional response after a brain injury and can be directly related to impairments caused by the injury.

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Managing Behaviour

The message behind behaviour

There are many reasons why a person with brain injury might develop challenging behaviour. Understanding the message behind the behaviour is key to helping in a constructive and positive way.

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Cognitive

Perseveration (Repetition)

Perseveration is repetitive and continuous behavior, speech or thought that occurs due to changes in cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and mental flexibility.

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Managing Behaviour

Responding to a crisis

Brain injury can sometimes result in behaviour that is dangerous to the person with the injury and those around them.

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Treatment

Surgery

Approximately half of all severe brain injuries will need surgery to remove or repair hematomas or contusions. These are often emergency procedures. In other cases, as with some brain tumours, more time is available for surgery.

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Recovery and Rehab

Neurological physiotherapy

Neurological physiotherapy treats movement disorders caused by injury to the nervous or neuromuscular systems.

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Impact on Families

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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Services

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Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service

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Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

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Dr Darryl Bassett

Dr Darryl Bassett, MB, BS, BSc, FRANZCP, Dip. Psychotherapy, Psychiatrist in full time private practice. Dr Bassett’s particularly interests at… Continue reading "Dr Darryl Bassett"

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Victorian Aids and Equipment Program

Provides subsidised aids and equipment, home and vehicle modifications

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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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Pulse Health Eden Rehabilitation Hospital

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New England Brain Injury Service Program

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Sir Roden and Lady Cutler

Driving the seriously ill, elderly, needy and disabled to and from medical appointments.

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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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Brisbane Private Hospital, Rehabilitation

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Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service

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Westmead Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit

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Austin Health – Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre

The acquired brain injury unit is a statewide inpatient rehabilitation service for people with an acquired brain injury.

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Alliance Rehabilitation Pty Ltd

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Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy

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National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

Telephone service for reporting cases of neglect and abuse of disabled members of the community (Australia wide)

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Home health and Medical Supplies

Provides medical, continence and first aid supplies.

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Gippsland Carers Association

Monthly carer support groups open to all unpaid family carers in Gippsland.

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Shyness and social anxiety treatment Australia

Trained clinical psychologists who have substantial experience in the treatment of shyness and social phobia.

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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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Southern Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area – D&A Info Service

Telephone support

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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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University of New England Psychology Clinic

Clinical Masters Students on placement – with an endorsed supervisor with full registration (Dr. Warren Bartik)

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Absolute Care and Health

Provides shopping, personal care, meal preparation, domestic tasks and transport assistance

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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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Mid North Coast Brain Injury Rehabilitation Servic

Rural

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Kaleidescope Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team (Newcastle)

Paediatric

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Royal Rehabilitation Centre

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Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit BIRU

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North Queensland Therapy Services

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St Andrews Meals on Wheels

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Equity Works Respite and Holiday Supports

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Melbourne Neuropsychiatry

Provides expertise in clinical, research, teaching and consulting work in psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry with patients with psychological and… Continue reading "Melbourne Neuropsychiatry"

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Dr Rodney Marsh Psychiatrist Neurosciences Queensland

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North Queensland Neuropsychology Service

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Jaanimili (UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families) in partnership with Allowah

Aboriginal Service Providers: Covers LGAs: Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Blacktown, Holroyd

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North Queensland Therapy Services

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Susan Pullman and Associates (Dr)

Team of Clinical Neuropsychologists

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Gippsland Disability Advocacy

Provides advocacy services for people with a disability and their families

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Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation- with Wyanga Aged care and Guriwal Aboriginal Corporation

Aboriginal Service Providers, covers areas: Botany Bay, Hurstville, Kogarah, Randwick, Rockdale, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Canada Bay, Leichhardt, Marrickville.

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Chinese Counselling and Support

Help for Chinese parents battling with depression, settlement adjustment or stress

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Banter Speech and Language (SP)

Works with adults with TBI – speech therapy, assessments, reading, writing, spelling, group therapy.

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Reconnexion

Provides counselling, telephone, information and support, community information and health practioner education for those living with anxiety, stress, depression and… Continue reading "Reconnexion"

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Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC)

Covers multiple LGA within Western NSW, Far West and Murrumbidgee – see http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0019/302383/Ability_Links_NSW_Information_Sheet_September_2015.pdf

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Bendigo Autism and Neurological Disorders Support Group

Support group for families

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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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North Queensland Neuropsychology Service

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Anglicare North Queensland

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Australian Health and Medical Research Council

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

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Wesley Mission Queensland

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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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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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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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Australian Network on Disabilities

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

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Northcott

Can assist with equipment and technology needs, including recommending the best devices to improve communication or mobility and repairing or… Continue reading "Northcott"

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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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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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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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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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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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My Dr

Provides information covering a wide variety of diseases and conditions, tests and treatments, health, fitness issues, medications, health support groups… Continue reading "My Dr"

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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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Headspace

Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through difficult… Continue reading "Headspace"

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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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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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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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Vincent Care

Provide people experiencing homelessness with sustainable and supported housing options and pathways to employment and, where possible, a permanent exit… Continue reading "Vincent Care"

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South West Brain Injury Rehab Service

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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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Dr Ross Goodheart – Neurologist

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

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Nicola Gates

Clinical psychologist and neuropschologist. ‘Brain and Mind Psychology’

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Alfred Health Neuropsychology Clinic

Care for and treat people with brain damage and cognitive issues

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Living is for Everyone (LIFE)

Government initiative – provides resources on suicide and self-harm prevention

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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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MRC- Migrant Resource Centre North West Region

Provides assistance and support to people with a disability, their carers and their families who are from a CALD background.

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AMIDA

Provides telephone advice, direct advocacy and individual and group education about housing rights.

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Greater Southern Area Health Service – D&A Info Service

24 hours information, referral and counselling

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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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Centre for Addiction Medicine

Provides a non-residential drug and alochol detox program. In area referral preferred- each case assessed individually.

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Wesley Private Hospital

Private Hospital. Medicated detox. 1-3 week in-patient rehab program. 6 week outpatient program.

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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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The Sydney Clinic

Private psychiatric hospital. Medicated detox. 21 day rehab. Recovery Support. Patients must be admitted under a psychiatrist.

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Walk on Wheels Australia

Provides equipment, daily living and mobility aids as well as special needs rehabilitation equipment.

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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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OT Rehab Solutions (OT)

Specialist areas include neurological rehabilitation including stroke and traumatic brain injury, aged care and home modifications.

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Mid-North Coast Therapy Group

Clinical Psychology, rehabilitation psychology, case management, occupational therapy

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State Head Injury Unit

Case coordination, clinical psychology, physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, social work and therapy assistant.

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Smart Solutions Rehab Group

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Rehability (Sunshine Coast)

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Southern Area Brain Injury Service

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Mid Western Brain Injury Rehab Program

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Dubbo Brain Injury Rehab Program

Rural

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Mindset Neurological Physiotherapy

We provide in-home rehabilitation for anyone experiencing movement or functional difficulties as a result of a neurological condition or injury.

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News

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Understanding Social Isolation as You Recover

The journey of recovery following a brain injury looks different for everyone. Coming to terms with your injury can be challenging and complex as you learn about what’s changed in yourself and life around you.

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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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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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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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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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Stories from our Community

This year most of the world is experiencing what it is to be socially isolated, which is something that people with brain injury often experience. We asked the members of our Reconnections support groups to share with us their experiences with social isolation and what they did about it.

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Maintaining Relationships

Everyone wants to be loved, it's a fundamental human need. We all need people to talk to and laugh with, spend time with, share ideas, worries and joys. But after brain injury our relationships with partners, family and friends can often change quite significantly.

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Danny Li – Returning to work after a brain injury

Danny speaks about his journey back to work after a brain injury and offers his tips on navigating the recruitment process.

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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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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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Grappling with the ‘New Normal’

Adjusting to a different life and finding your new normal after brain injury can be a difficult time. People in our Reconnections group often share that it feels like no one around them understands what they are going through.

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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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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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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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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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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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Brain Injury Awareness Week highlights invisible disabilities

Brain Injury Awareness Week runs from 19-25 August and heralds an opportunity to raise awareness for the 700,000 Australians who live with a brain injury.

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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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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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Working While Caring

While returning to work may not be possible or desired for all carers, we wanted to hear the experiences of those in our community who have returned to work and the things they had to consider along the way to balance their time and responsibilities.

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Synapses believes Black Lives Matter

We are committed to the work we do together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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Events

24 Feb

Synapse Carers Information and Support Session – February

Our February Synapse Carers Information and Support Sessions for carers of people with brain injury. These sessions are hosted at the Synapse Parramatta Office, and live streamed to hubs in Gosford, Port Macquarie and Dubbo. They are also live streamed and recorded via YouTube for carers to watch at home.

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Synapse highlights high rate of brain injury caused by domestic violence

During May, Synapse - Australia's Brain Injury Organisation, is raising awareness about the high rate of brain injury sustained by victims of domestic violence.

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Staying socially connected after brain injury

Before Jayden’s accident he spent most of his free time either motorbike riding, playing footy or playing the drums in a cover band with his mates. After his accident, he found that these were not an option for him anymore.

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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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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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Synapse and Healthdirect Partner to Deliver Brain Injury Information Nationally

We recently partnered with the government-funded initiative Healthdirect Australia to provide quality brain injury information and advice to people across Australia.

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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 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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Returning to the Fray

Reintegrating into society after chronic illness is a challenge that Sarah faced after years of living with a brain injury and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME).

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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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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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Cairns Community Housing Initiative
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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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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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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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Events

17 Nov

Caring for the Carer: Dealing with Loss and Grief

Kathy Walls and Judi Gardiner are Clinical Specialists with Interrelate's Counselling Support Service for people affected by the Disability Royal Commission and will be discussing how carers can deal with loss and grief.

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COVID-19 restrictions and returning from social isolation
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COVID-19 restrictions and returning from social isolation

Did you find social isolation hard at first but now you’re surprised to find you’re feeling a bit unsure about returning to normal? You are not alone.

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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 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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Events

11 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie – December

Our December meeting of the Port Macquarie Synapse Reconnections, a group up for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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6 Mar

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta – March

Our March meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta, a group for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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6 Dec

Synapse Reconnections – Parramatta – December

Our December meeting of the Parramatta Synapse Reconnections, a group for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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12 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast – December

Our December meeting of the Central Coast Synapse Reconnections, a group for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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19 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Taree – December

Our December meeting of Taree Synapse Reconnections, a group for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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7 Feb

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta – February

Our first meeting of 2020 for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta, a group for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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25 Feb

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast – February

Our first meeting of 2020 for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast, a group for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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12 Feb

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie – February

Our first meeting of 2020 for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie, a group for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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20 Feb

Synapse Reconnections Taree – February

Our first meeting of 2020 for Synapse Reconnections Taree, a group for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect face to face with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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News

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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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Events

3 Nov

Synapse Reconnections Illawarra (online) – November

This will be an opportunity for you to share some of your challenges, your victories, your tips and tricks. Come and learn from other people’s stories and hear about different experiences of brain injury and issues that are important to you. You will be in a supportive space with people who understand. We look forward to seeing you.

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6 Oct

Synapse Reconnections Illawarra (online) – October

This will be an opportunity for you to share some of your challenges, your victories, your tips and tricks. Come and learn from other people’s stories and hear about different experiences of brain injury and issues that are important to you.

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News

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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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Events

10 Dec

Synapse Carers Info Session – Parramatta – December

The topic of our December Synapse Carers session is self-care. This information session is being held in Parramatta. Synapse Carers presentations are live streamed and recorded via YouTube, so groups and individuals across Australia can watch presentations live or view them later in the comfort of their own home or at a more convenient time.

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3 Nov

Reconnections – Dance with Ability November Special Event

Join our Reconnections group on Zoom for a dance program set with your capabilities in mind, learn at your own pace and enjoy the benefits of better health and wellbeing while moving to your favourite tunes.

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1 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Illawarra (online) – December

This will be an opportunity for you to share some of your challenges, your victories, your tips and tricks. Come and learn from other people’s stories and hear about different experiences of brain injury and issues that are important to you. You will be in a supportive space with people who understand. We look forward to seeing you.

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News

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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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Events

13 Nov

Cairns NAIDOC 2020 Celebration

We invite you to join our NAIDOC celebrations at Synapse Cairns. Join in on the fun, festivities and food as we recognise the history and culture of our local community.

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25 May

Reconnections Online Presentation – May

In May we will be hosting a presentation by Michael Riley from Relationships Australia. Michael will speak to our Reconnections members about emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

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1 May

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta (online) – May

Our May meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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28 Apr

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast (online) – April

Our April meeting for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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13 May

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie (online) – May

Our May meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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21 May

Synapse Reconnections Taree (online) – May

Our May meeting for Synapse Reconnections Taree. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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26 May

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast (online) – May

Our May meeting for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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19 Nov

Synapse Reconnections Taree (online) – November

Our November meeting for Synapse Reconnections Taree. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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17 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Taree (online) – December

Our December meeting for Synapse Reconnections Taree. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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6 Nov

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta (online) – November

Our November meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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15 Oct

Synapse Reconnections Taree (online) – October

Our October meeting for Synapse Reconnections Taree. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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24 Nov

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast (online) – November

Our November meeting for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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2 Oct

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta (online) – October

Our October meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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9 Sep

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie (online) – September

Our September meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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12 Aug

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie (online) – August

Our August meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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9 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie (online) – December

Our December meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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27 Oct

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast (online) – October

Our October meeting for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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8 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie (online) – July

Our July meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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11 Mar

Cancelled – Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie – March

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to cancel our March meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. Our next Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie is in April.

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28 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast (online) – July

Our July meeting for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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30 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast (online) – June

Our June meeting for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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16 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Taree (online) – July

Our July meeting for Synapse Reconnections Taree. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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18 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Taree (online) – June

Our June meeting for Synapse Reconnections Taree. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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3 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta (online) – July

Our July meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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5 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta (online) – June

Our June meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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11 Nov

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie (online) – November

Our November meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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10 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie (online) – June

Our June meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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4 Sep

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta (online) – September

Our September meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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4 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta (online) – December

Our December meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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7 Aug

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta (online) – August

Our August meeting for Synapse Reconnections Parramatta. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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News

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Brain Injury Chats – Communicating the ‘Invisible Disability’

Synapse Community Partnerships Manager Sonya Green and our Family Liaison Officer Damien Mowle discuss the importance of communicating your brain injury to others.

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Events

25 Aug

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast (online) – August

Our August meeting for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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29 Sep

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast (online) – September

Our September meeting for Synapse Reconnections Central Coast. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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20 Aug

Synapse Reconnections Taree (online) – August

Our August meeting for Synapse Reconnections Taree. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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17 Sep

Synapse Reconnections Taree (online) – September

Our September meeting for Synapse Reconnections Taree. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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14 Oct

Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie (online) – October

Our October meeting for Synapse Reconnections Port Macquarie. This meeting will be held online using Zoom.

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24 Aug

Reconnections – self-advocacy information session

Join us for this special event where we will be joined by Michael Hampton, Community Voice Manager at Synapse. Michael is going to talk about about what self-advocacy is, what people’s rights are and what they can do if they aren’t happy with something.

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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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Brain Injury Chats – Finding Downtime as a Carer

Synapse Local Engagement Officer Robyn Howard sits down for a chat with Glenda who cares for her husband David who has a brain injury.

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