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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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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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Disability Accommodation Manager – West End

Synapse is currently seeking an experienced Disability Accommodation Manager. This rewarding and varied role will be responsible for operational oversight of housing related services to ensure capacity and capability is maximised to best respond to client needs.

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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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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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Team Leader National Information Services – Ageing Focus

The BrainBank Panellist supports individuals with brain injury through listening, and sharing insights, stories and experiences.

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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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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Those providing assessment and support within the NDIS should have appropriate education and training about brain injury and the cultural needs of Indigenous Australians.

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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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Domestic and Family Violence

Synapse is working to respond to the unique needs of people with brain injury as a result of domestic violence, contributing to improved outcomes.

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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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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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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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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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Team Leader Support Coordination

The BrainBank Panellist supports individuals with brain injury through listening, and sharing insights, stories and experiences.

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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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Service Intake Officer

The BrainBank Panellist supports individuals with brain injury through listening, and sharing insights, stories and experiences.

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Information Consultant

The BrainBank Panellist supports individuals with brain injury through listening, and sharing insights, stories and experiences.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Marie Carroll

Marie is a wife and mother of two boys. When her youngest son Jordan was 11, he suffered a stroke which left him with an acquired brain injury. For more than a decade, Marie has been Jordan's primary carer and greatest advocate.

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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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Accounts Administration Officer

The Accounts Administration Officer is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of operational and administration services and support to the departments of Synapse, internal and external clients.

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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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Brain Injury Awareness Week 2021

Brain Injury Awareness Week 2021 recognises that every brain injury is different and shares the stories of those impacted

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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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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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Information & Referral

Our Information & Referral team provides specialist information and advice to help manage the impacts of brain injury and better navigate the systems of available care and support.

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Jayden Alexanderson

Jayden suffered a traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident. Following initial recovery, he recognised a need to discover new hobbies and social activities to stay active and connected despite his ‘new normal’ living with brain injury.

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BrainBank Panel

BrainBank Panel

The BrainBank Panel is a peer connection panel, operated by and for people who have lived experience of brain injury.

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Community Hub

No matter where you live, there’s a number of ways you can connect to, and develop meaningful relationships with,…

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Service Intake Officer – Brisbane

Support the Synapse Service teams as you co-ordinate the initial intake and on-boarding functions for those who are new to Synapse.

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Support For Carers and Family

Ensure you are equipped to care for someone with a brain injury by building a community of like-minded people around you.

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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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ABI The Facts

ABI The Facts is a comprehensive brain injury resource for professionals, individuals and families alike - it provides simple explanations of complex medical terms and delivers guidance for every stage of the journey.

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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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Our Services

We support individuals and organisations at every stage of their journey with practical solutions to the everyday challenges associated with brain injury.

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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)

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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Julian Saavedra

Julian is 29 and suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident in 2010. Since then he has adapted to life with a brain injury, sharing his story with others and offering understanding for those going through similar experiences.

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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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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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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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Support For People with Brain Injury

Our peer support community offers people with a brain injury the opportunity to connect with others to socialise, share experiences and feel understood and supported.

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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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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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BrainBank Podcast

The BrainBank Podcast will answer your questions and connect you to community programs and services to help you live the life you want.

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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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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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Services for Organisations

Improve your understanding of brain injury and ability to provide appropriate support to people affected.

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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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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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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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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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ABI The Facts – Sixth Edition

ABI The Facts is a comprehensive brain injury resource for professionals, individuals and families alike – it provides simple explanations of complex medical terms and delivers guidance for every stage of the journey.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Finance, Audit & Risk Committee Member (Volunteer)

We have an exciting volunteer opportunity for an individual to join our Finance, Audit & Risk Committee (FARC).

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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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Personal Stories

Personal Stories

Hear the stories of people who have been directly impacted by brain injury including people with a brain injury, their families and carers.

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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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Fact Sheets

Impact on Families

The Importance of Family after a Brain Injury

The care needs of people affected by a brain injury often fall informally onto their parents, spouse or siblings.

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A Parents Guide

Protecting 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

Recovery 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.

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Sexual changes

Acquired brain injury (ABI) can have a number of consequences for an individual’s sexual functioning.

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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

Guide to Low Cost Rehab

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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Social Skills and Confidence

Social skills and confidence can both be affected following an acquired brain injury.

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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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Problems with Organising

Most people with an ABI will initially find some difficulty with prioritising, sequencing,organising, starting, and completing tasks.

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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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Nutrition, Diet and BI

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

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Causes of Brain Injury

Degenerative Conditions

There are a number of degenerative conditions that lead to 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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Impact on Families

Self-Care for Carers and Family Members

Carers need to maintain their own health and wellbeing as part of their caring role.

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A Parents Guide

Challenging behaviour in children

Regardless of the effects of a brain injury, parents can still bring out their children’s strengths, help them build resilience, and enable them to develop to their full potential.

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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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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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Recovery and Rehab

Equipment and Lifestyle Aids

Equipment and lifestyle aids have a role to play in helping people regain some or all of their independence after a brain injury.

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Impact on Families

The Importance of Family After Brain Injury

The impact of a brain injury has been likened to throwing a pebble in a pond. The ripple effect expands to partners, friends, family, carers, work colleagues and the wider community.

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A Parents Guide

Parenting a Child with Brain Injury

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 canbe magnified.

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Impact on Families

Relationship Changes After Brain Injury

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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Psychological

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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Causes of Brain Injury

Stroke

A stroke is an interruption of blood supply to part of the brain. If arteries become blocked, bleed or break, then the brain tissue is damaged, causing brain injury.

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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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Emotional

Hope after brain injury

No one can truly understand the devastating impact a brain injury can have without experiencing it personally.

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Ageing with a Brain Injury

Active Ageing with a Brain Injury

Actively engaging in physical activity and social engagement tests resilience. When someone is ageing with a brain injury, a positive ageing experience can be experienced.

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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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Health and Wellbeing

Pain Management and brain injury

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

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Recovery and Rehab

Speech deficits and speech pathologists

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

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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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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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Sensory and perceptual problems

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

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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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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

Many people with a brain injury see returning to work or study as an important milestone.

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Ageing with a Brain Injury

Preparing for retirement

Retirement programs enable people with disability to successfully retire, and support mainstream community services to better accommodate people with disability.

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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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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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Physical

Communication Disorders After a Brain Injury

A brain injury can affect a person’s ability to communicate by impairing their hearing, speech and cognitive processing.

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At Hospital

Coping with stress in hospital

The time in the hospital can be an overwhelming experience, but there are things that you can do to minimise stress.

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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

Tests and scans

The long-term effects of a brain injury may not be evident for some time. This makes predictions of recovery difficult in the months following a brain injury.

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Psychological

Stress, Anxiety and Brain Injury

While stress is part of everyday life and a natural reaction when major change occurs, its impact can be much greater following brain injury.

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Health and Wellbeing

Alcohol, Caffeine and other Drugs

Most rehabilitation specialists will advise against drinking alcohol for at least one to two years after brain injury, or even indefinitely.

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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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Legal and Advocacy

Advocacy

Advocacy relates to access and the fundamental human rights, needs and interests of all. Advocacy may involve speaking up for someone with a disability, or self-advocacy where a person speaks for themselves.

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Brain Injury Basics

What is 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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Treatment

About the medical professionals

Treatment options vary depending on individual patients and injuries. Being familiar with treatments, terminology, and medical staff titles can help you understand what’s going on.

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Causes of Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by either a blow to the head or by the head being forced to move rapidly forwards or backwards.

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Cognitive

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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Psychological

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks occur when the body reacts as if it is in grave danger in a situation where there is no imminent threat.

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Diagnosis

Why predictions are difficult

Predictions of recovery are difficult in the months following a brain injury, with the person and their family often frustrated by lack of knowledge about the future.

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Emotional

Post-rehab slump

Survivors of a brain injury often make excellent recoveries through, hard work and professional and family support.

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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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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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Physical

Epilepsy and Other Seizures

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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Psychological

Brain injury and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

While the general effects of brain injury can often include a level emotional distress, affecting your ongoing health and well-being, it’s not uncommon for people with a brain injury to experience more specific symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Causes of Brain Injury

Alcohol & Drug Related Brain Injury

Alcohol is a poison, or neurotoxin, that can cause 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.

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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

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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Cognitive

Decision-making and Brain Injury

Decision-making ranges from minor decisions, such as what to have for dinner, to major life-changing ones, such as changing careers.

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Reintegration

Brain injury information for employers

Post-brain injury many employees are eager to return to work. Employers may find some simple adjustments can be made to allow this to happen.

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Emotional

Avoiding boredom

It is often the case that a person finishes rehabilitation and is not yet ready to return to work or study.

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Behavioural

Self-centredness

The ability to view the world from someone else’s point of view is a complex cognitive skill that occurs in the frontal lobes of the brain.

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Physical

Headaches

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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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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Psychological

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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Ageing with a Brain Injury

Supporting ageing carers

For many, caring for a family member has become a life-long responsibility. But as carers age, physical, social and emotional factors, declining health and strength can take an increasing toll.

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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 taxing.

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Recovery and Rehab

Neuropsych Assessment

A neuropsychological assessment will usually be provided in the early stages of recovery. The main aim of the assessment is to maximise the survivor’s rehabilitation and participation in family, work and the community.

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Recovery and Rehab

Neuropsychological Assessment

A neuropsychological assessment will usually be provided in the early stages of recovery. The main aim of the assessment is to maximise the survivor’s rehabilitation and participation in family, work and the community.

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Recovery and Rehab

Pets as Therapy

While dogs have long been portrayed as ‘man’s best friend’ - a loyal companion – it’s not only canines that can prove a source of support and reassurance following brain injury.

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Physical

Balance problems and dizziness

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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Behavioural

Domestic violence

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

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Managing Behaviour

What are complex and challenging behaviours?

These can be behaviours where the reasons behind the behaviour are difficult to understand or that people find hard to accept.

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Recovery and Rehab

Support, Friendship, Reducing Chances of Another Injury

It is beneficial to stay in touch with friends during the rehabilitation and recovery stage. Additionally, support groups can play a vital role for the person with a brain injury, their carers and family.

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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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Behavioural

Impaired Awareness

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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Recovery and Rehab

Complementary Therapies

People often turn to complementary therapies and alternative medicines to assist with some of the issues created by a brain injury.

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Causes of Brain Injury

Age-related Brain Injury

Ageing is a risk factor for acquiring a brain injury, particularly over the age of 65. As we get older, our chance of developing dementia rises. So too does the likelihood of falls that result in brain injury. We might not be able to stop either from happening, but there are ways to reduce the risk and manage symptoms.

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Impact on Families

Coping with grief and ambiguous loss

Grieving who the person used to be can be confusing, as the injured person can be physically present but psychologically absent.

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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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At Hospital

Emotional Recovery

A brain injury in the family can disrupt almost every aspect of life, creating emotional turmoil that impacts on everything and everyone in some way or another.

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Physical

Sleep Issues

Lack of sleep has a negative effect on our ability to think, mood, energy levels and appetite. The average person needs around eight hours sleep a night or will suffer from decreased concentration, energy and many other problems.

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Psychological

Developing Mental Illness after a Brain Injury

Brain injury is a known risk factor for developing a mental illness, while some people with brain injury will have a pre-existing mental illness. Either way, dealing with both can cause additional stress for the person and their family after a brain injury.

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Physical

Managing fatigue

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

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Physical

Hearing Impairment After a Brain Injury

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

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Legal and Advocacy

Compensation Claim

When another party has caused an injury through negligence there may be grounds for making a claim for compensation.

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Managing Behaviour

Giving feedback on behaviour

Relearning sociable behaviour is easier when family, friends and co-workers agree on set limits and give the same feedback on what is acceptable or unacceptable 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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Causes of Brain Injury

Assault

Physical assault is a major cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), with young men between the ages of 20 and 24 being the most vulnerable.

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Behavioural

Anger

Anger is a very common emotional response after a brain injury and can be directly related to impairments caused by the injury and difficulties with self-regulation.

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Health and Wellbeing

Future Medical Problems

Most people with a brain injury are expected to experience a normal life span but families and carers can play a crucial role by monitoring for any further medical problems arising post-injury, particularly after hospital.

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Legal and Advocacy

Guardianship / Decision Making

Everyone has a legal right to make decisions and control their own life. If a person loses the ability to make decisions in life, legal guardians and administrators can make decisions for them.

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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. We take a look at some of them.

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Causes of Brain Injury

Concussion / Mild TBI

Concussion is the most common form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), affecting around 42 million people worldwide each year. It is the result of a physical blow or sudden jolt that forces the brain to move within the skull.

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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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Causes of Brain Injury

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Repeated, mild ABIs, such as concussions experienced by professional sports people like boxers and footballers, can be related to a neurodegenerative condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

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Managing Behaviour

Responding to Acute Behaviour Disturbance (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.

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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 can develop in an individual due to exposure to alcohol in the womb.

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Managing Behaviour

The message behind behaviour

There are many reasons why a person with brain injury might develop challenging behaviour.

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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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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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Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy

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Alliance Rehabilitation Pty Ltd

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Westmead Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit

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Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service

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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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Northern Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service

Ballina District Hospital, 58 Fox Street, BALLINA  NSW  2478 Phone: 02 6620 6361 | Fax: 02 6620 6348

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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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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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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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Absolute Care and Health

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

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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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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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Mid North Coast Brain Injury Rehabilitation Servic

Rural

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Royal Rehabilitation Centre

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Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit BIRU

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Kaleidescope Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team (Newcastle)

Paediatric

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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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Banter Speech and Language (SP)

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

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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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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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North Queensland Therapy Services

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North Queensland Neuropsychology Service

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Anglicare North Queensland

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Equity Works Respite and Holiday Supports

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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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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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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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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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Chinese Counselling and Support

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

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Bendigo Autism and Neurological Disorders Support Group

Support group for families

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Australian Health and Medical Research Council

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

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North Queensland Neuropsychology Service

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North Queensland Therapy Services

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Dr Rodney Marsh Psychiatrist Neurosciences Queensland

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St Andrews Meals on Wheels

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Wesley Mission Queensland

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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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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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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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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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South West Brain Injury Rehab Service

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Royal Rehab Private

Wide range of services – neurological, orthopaedic, reconditioning etc

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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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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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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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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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Walk on Wheels Australia

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

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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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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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OT Rehab Solutions (OT)

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

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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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Drawing from experiences – visual art and brain injury

We know art offers the chance to explore ideas and creative concepts. For people living with brain injury, it also provides an incredible opportunity to process and express their experiences – from the early stages through to the challenges and successes of recovery and day-to-day life.

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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
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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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Meet Nadine Holliday – Creating opportunities to connect through Synapse Peer

We recognise how important it is for people impacted by brain injury to connect with others who understand. Our Peer program is making this a reality for people across a range of activities, in-person and online

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Synapse Information & Referral – Helping you navigate brain injury

When brain injury impacts your life or the life of someone you care for, there can be a lot of complex circumstances and systems to navigate. Between adjusting to life with a brain injury and finding suitable support, knowing where to start or who to turn to can be difficult.

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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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Making Connections over a Cuppa

We know that for many living with brain injury, it can be difficult to find and connect with others who have similar experiences. Our online peer group chats have become an important and meaningful way for our communities to connect over a cuppa.

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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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Brain Injury Awareness Week 2021
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MEDIA RELEASE: Brain Injury Awareness Week 16-22 August 2021

Next week is Brain Injury Awareness Week and this year’s theme is Every Brain Injury is Different. This pivotal advocacy week focuses on creating awareness in the community about the 700,000-plus Australians impacted by brain injury and their daily struggle to live in a world where their “disability” is often invisible.

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Aged Care Royal Commission Final Report Recommendations Welcomed By Disability Advocacy Organisation

The key recommendations relating to younger people with disability, outlined in the newly released final report of the Aged Care Royal Commission, have been warmly welcomed by the Summer Foundation, Youngcare and Synapse. 

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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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Network event attracts brain injury specialists

Brain injury professionals gathered recently for Synapse Western Australia’s inaugural network meeting to share knowledge and collaborate on improving the experiences of people impacted by brain injury.

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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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NIISQ CEO Neil Singleton on Motor vehicle accidents and brain injury

While we all know that road safety is important, those who survive serious motor vehicle accidents and go on to live with significant conditions like brain injury are an often-forgotten figure.

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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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‘Just a draft’ still means it was – or is – in the mix

The leaking of draft changes to the NDIS strikes a blow not just to those potentially affected, but at the very heart of what could, and should, be a life and society-changing scheme.

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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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Stroke Foundation helping first nations communities thrive after stroke

The Stroke Foundation has launched a new resource specially designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live well after stroke.

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Synapse strongly rejects compulsory NDIS Independent Assessments
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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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Reducing the number of Younger Australians in Residential Aged Care

The Australian Government’s decision to establish a task force to end the practice of placing young people with disability in aged care is an important step.

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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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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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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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Events

19 Jul

Synapse Brain Injury Network NSW

The Synapse Brain Injury Network brings together brain injury professionals in various locations across the country to connect and share knowledge with the goal of improving outcomes for people impacted by brain injury and their families. 

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Synapse’ BrainBank Panel brings personalised connection for people navigating life with brain injury

The soon to be launched BrainBank panel is a peer panel, operated by and for people who have lived experience of brain injury.

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Chair Yoga and Meditation

We hosted a free online Chair Yoga class with our guests Julie Clark and Claire Cunneen (All Ability Yoga). Yoga is for every BODY. Join in for this 30 minute yoga and 15 minute meditation for all abilities. 

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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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Christmas with a Brain Injury

 Christmas can be overwhelming at the best of times, but living with ABI can make the chaos of shopping, noise and lights unbearable.   If you or someone you care for has an ABI, there are a few ways you can help prevent Christmas cheer descending into seasonal struggle.  

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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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Communication, brain injury and the experiences of Indigenous Australians

In this special interview Professor Beth Armstrong and Kerri Colegate discuss their work around communication difficulties after brain injury and stroke, with a particular focus on the experiences of Indigenous Australians.  

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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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Cook-along-at-home with Vikki Moursellas

For Brain Injury Awareness Week Vikki Moursellas guided our Reconnections community through cooking a delightful meal of lamb kefethes with pita bread and tzatziki.

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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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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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The Afternoon Shift – Tim Cudmore

If you missed Tim Cudmore’s Afternoon Shift talk on Brain Injury’s invisible disabilities on November 3rd, the recording is now available.

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Brain Injury Network NSW event connects services across the state

This week we held our Brain Injury Network event in New South Wales, connecting providers and specialists in our combined pursuit to support people impacted by brain injury.

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Events

30 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Sunshine Coast – Over 65’s

Come and meet up in person and connect with other people living with a brain injury.

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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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Events

1 Apr

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta – April 2022

We hold regular meet ups 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 May

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta – May 2022

We hold regular meet ups 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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3 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta – June, 2022

We hold regular meet ups 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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1 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta – July, 2022

We hold regular meet ups 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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Emotional Regulation

Improving emotional regulation after an ABI can be very challenging. UWA School of Psychology recently presented some tips on retraining the way we think.

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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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Events

6 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Mandarin – July

This Reconnections peer group is for Mandarin speaking people with brain injury, 16 to 36 year old and their family members and carers. Come and connect with others living with brain injury.

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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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Synapse seeks meeting over NDIS legislation leak

We have written to the new NDIS Minister, Linda Reynolds, to request a meeting, and hope that we can offer people who have experienced brain injury, and their families and carers, rapid reassurance in the wake of these distressing revelations.

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University of Sydney study to explore the impact of stroke on sexuality
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University of Sydney study to explore the impact of stroke on sexuality

Sydney University is conducting a research study about the experiences of sexuality post stroke to assist with the ongoing development of sexual rehabilitation for future stroke survivors within the LGBTQI+ community.

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Events

25 Nov

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast – November

If you live on the Central Coast then this group is for you. We hold regular meet ups for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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28 Oct

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast – October

If you live on the Central Coast then this group is for you. We hold regular meet ups for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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30 Sep

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast – September

If you live on the Central Coast then this group is for you. We hold regular meet ups for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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26 Aug

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast – August

If you live on the Central Coast then this group is for you. We hold regular meet ups for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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29 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast – July

If you live on the Central Coast then this group is for you. We hold regular meet ups for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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5 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Illawarra – July, 2022

We hold regular meet ups 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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22 Feb

Synapse Reconnections Gosford – February 2022 (Online)

We hold regular meet ups for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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24 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Central Coast – June

If you live on the Central Coast then this group is for you. We hold regular meet ups for people with brain injury and their support network to come and connect with other individuals living with brain injury and their families.

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7 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Illawarra – June, 2022

We hold regular meet ups 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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14 Oct

Synapse Reconnections WA – October 2022

Reconnections WA meet-ups are for people with brain injury living in WA to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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Art Therapy workshop

On August 17, we had an art therapy workshop in our Peer to Peer support group. 

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Events

5 Aug

Synapse Reconnections WA – August 2022

Reconnections WA meet-ups are for people with brain injury living in WA to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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1 Feb

Synapse Reconnections Illawarra – February 2022 (Online)

We hold regular meet ups 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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Two Synapse workers discussing how to support brain injury
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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

5 Jul

Synapse Reconnections WA (online) – July 2022

Reconnections WA meet-ups are for people with brain injury living in WA to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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14 Dec

Synapse Reconnections QLD – December (online)

Synapse Reconnections QLD group is held via Zoom online to bring together people with brain injury and their support networks across Queensland.

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NAIDOC Week 2021 – Heal Country!
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NAIDOC Week 2021 – Heal Country!

When we talk about country it's about a connection to both land and culture - more than just place. Country is who our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are and where they get their strength from.

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Dance with Ability
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Reconnections – Dance with Ability

A few weeks back members of the Reconnections community met online to participate in ‘Dance with Ability’. This therapy-based dance program was great fun for everyone and showed how dance can build self-confidence and general health. You can re-watch the session and get moving to some great tunes with Shane and Keri.

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welcome to our world
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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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Encephalitis as a cause of Acquired Brain Injury
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Encephalitis as a cause of Acquired Brain Injury

In this special conversation, guests Corinna Melville, Rachael Schwarz, Veronique Theberge and Karen Tighe from across Australia and New Zealand discuss how Encephalitis can affect anyone of any age or gender, and share their intimate experiences of what it is like to survive.

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Events

1 Nov

Synapse Reconnections WA (online) – November 2022

Reconnections WA meet-ups are for people with brain injury living in WA to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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12 Apr

Synapse QLD Reconnections (online) – April 2022

Synapse Reconnections QLD group is held via Zoom online to bring together people with brain injury and their support networks across Queensland.

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10 May

Synapse QLD Reconnections (online) – May 2022

Synapse Reconnections QLD group is held via Zoom online to bring together people with brain injury and their support networks across Queensland.

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14 Jun

Synapse QLD Reconnections (online) – June 2022

Synapse Reconnections QLD group is held via Zoom online to bring together people with brain injury and their support networks across Queensland.

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15 Mar

Synapse QLD Reconnections (online) – March 2022

Synapse Reconnections QLD group is held via Zoom online to bring together people with brain injury and their support networks across Queensland.

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15 Feb

Synapse QLD Reconnections (online) – February 2022

Synapse Reconnections QLD group is held via Zoom online to bring together people with brain injury and their support networks across Queensland.

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Self-care tips from our community: National Carer’s Week 2021
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Self-care tips from our community: National Carer’s Week 2021

National Carer's Week is upon us! Here are some top tips from our community for self-care.

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Events

2 Dec

Synapse Reconnections WA – December 2022

Reconnections WA meet-ups are for people with brain injury living in WA to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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19 May

Synapse Reconnections Sunshine Coast – Over 65’s

Come and meet up in person and connect with other people living with a brain injury.

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Brain Injury Awareness Week 2021
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Brain Injury Awareness Week – August 16 – 22, 2021

Brain Injury Awareness Week 2021 recognises that every brain injury is different and shares the stories of those impacted

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Events

13 May

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – May, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury. 

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9 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – December, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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11 Nov

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – November, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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14 Oct

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – October, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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9 Sep

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – September, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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12 Aug

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – August, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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8 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – July, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury. 

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10 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – June, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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8 Apr

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – April, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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synapse executive team
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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

11 Mar

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – March, 2022

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury. 

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6 Sep

Synapse Reconnections WA (online) – September 2022

Reconnections WA meet-ups are for people with brain injury living in WA to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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11 Jan

Synapse QLD Reconnections (online) – January 2022

Synapse Reconnections QLD group is held via Zoom online to bring together people with brain injury and their support networks across Queensland.

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8 Aug

Synapse Reconnections WA for Family, Friends, Carers (online) – August 2022

Reconnections WA (family, friends & carers) meet ups are for family members, friends &/or carers of people with a brain injury to connect with other loved ones of people living with brain injury.

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2 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Regional NSW (via Zoom) – June, 2022

If you live in Regional NSW then this group is for you. These meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury. 

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7 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Regional NSW (via Zoom) – July, 2022

If you live in Regional NSW then this group is for you. These meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury. 

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3 Feb

Synapse Reconnections Regional NSW (via Zoom) – February, 2022

These meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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Body Percussion Session
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Body Percussion Session

We learned how to get our hands and feet drumming in our regular Coffee with Jay.

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Events

7 Apr

Synapse Reconnections Regional NSW (via Zoom) – April, 2022

If you live in Regional NSW then this group is for you. These meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury. 

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5 May

Synapse Reconnections Regional NSW (via Zoom) – May, 2022

If you live in Regional NSW then this group is for you. These meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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5 Dec

Synapse Reconnections WA for Family, Friends, Carers (online) – December 2022

Reconnections WA (family, friends & carers) meet ups are for family members, friends &/or carers of people with a brain injury to connect with other loved ones of people living with brain injury.

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14 Oct

Synapse Reconnections WA for Family, Friends, Carers – October 2022

Reconnections WA (family, friends & carers) meet ups are for family members, friends &/or carers of people with a brain injury to connect with other loved ones of people living with brain injury.

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5 Apr

Synapse Reconnections Special Event

Please join us online for a presentation by Dane McCormack, a Synapse Reconnections member.

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17 Feb

Carer Support Group Brisbane – February 2022

Our Brisbane Carer Support Group is a supportive and safe space to connect and share with others who have experienced caring for someone with a brain injury.

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14 Apr

Synapse Reconnections Central Brisbane – Peer Support Group 

Come and meet up in person and connect with other people living with a brain injury.

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11 Feb

Synapse Reconnections Hunter – February 2022 (Online)

Our regular Reconnections meet ups are for people with brain injury and their support network to connect with other individuals living with brain injury.

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Create Calm – All Abilities Yoga Session
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Create Calm – All Abilities Yoga Session

Presented by good friend of Synapse Julie Clark during Brain Injury Awareness Week 2021, this is an opportunity to take time out for yourself and join in this 40 minute class.

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Events

21 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Carers (via Zoom) – June, 2022

This Reconnections meet up is for the loved ones of people living with a brain injury to connect with other family members, friends and carers.

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14 Apr

Synapse Reconnections Central Brisbane – Carer Support Group

Come and meet up in person and connect with other people who care for someone living with a brain injury.

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finding a home that's right for you
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Finding a home that’s right for you

For many of us, a brain injury makes it hard to live in the place we called home. So how do you go about making your house more accessible to you? How do you find out about alternatives? What support can you get along the way?

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Events

19 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Carers (via Zoom) – July, 2022

This Reconnections meet up is for the loved ones of people living with a brain injury to connect with other family members, friends and carers.

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1 Mar

Synapse Reconnections Illawarra (Online) – March, 2022

We hold regular meet ups 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 Jul

Synapse Reconnections Younger Generation – Parramatta – July, 2022

We are starting a new social group for people aged 16 to 35. Come and connect with other young people living with brain injury and make some friends at the same time.

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14 Jun

Synapse Reconnections Younger Generation – Parramatta – June, 2022

We are starting a new social group for people aged 16 to 35. Come and connect with other young people living with brain injury and make some friends at the same time.

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12 Apr

Synapse Reconnections Younger Generation – Parramatta

We are starting a new social group for people aged 16 to 35. Come and connect with other young people living with brain injury and make some friends at the same time.

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9 Aug

Synapse Reconnections Younger Generation – Parramatta – August, 2022

We are starting a new social group for people aged 16 to 35. Come and connect with other young people living with brain injury and make some friends at the same time.

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13 Dec

Synapse Reconnections Younger Generation – Parramatta – December, 2022

We are starting a new social group for people aged 16 to 35. Come and connect with other young people living with brain injury and make some friends at the same time.

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8 Nov

Synapse Reconnections Younger Generation – Parramatta – November, 2022

We are starting a new social group for people aged 16 to 35. Come and connect with other young people living with brain injury and make some friends at the same time.

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11 Oct

Synapse Reconnections Younger Generation – Parramatta – October, 2022

We are starting a new social group for people aged 16 to 35. Come and connect with other young people living with brain injury and make some friends at the same time.

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13 Sep

Synapse Reconnections Younger Generation – Parramatta – September, 2022

We are starting a new social group for people aged 16 to 35. Come and connect with other young people living with brain injury and make some friends at the same time.

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Robyn and Cindy BI Carer Chat
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Brain Injury Chats – Adjusting to Life as a Carer

Cindy speaks about adapting to the role of carer and how she stays connected with friends and takes care of herself.

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Sonya and Damien
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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

4 Mar

Synapse Reconnections Parramatta – March 2022

We hold regular meet ups 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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