Life is bigger than a brain injury

Having a brain injury doesn’t define who you are, decide the life you live, or the dreams you dream. While life may not be the same when you leave hospital, with the right support you can live a life you enjoy and love.

What’s the most frustrating for the one in 45 Australians who live with a brain injury, is that they can feel cut off from their previous life; unable to do the things they love or keep up with the social life they once had. That’s why accessing the right information, services and support at the right time can make all the difference when you’re trying to understand how brain injury impacts the key stages in life. 

This 15 – 21 August 2022, we recognise that ‘Life is bigger than a brain injury’ by telling the stories of those who’re living meaningful and enriched lives following a brain injury. We also celebrate their achievement, and the commitment given to them by their families and the communities they live in.

Synapse is asking hospitals, universities and organisations across Australia to recognise, support and promote Brain Injury Awareness Week by sharing the stories of those living with a brain injury and posting on their social media to raise awareness of brain injury and its impact. 

#LifeIsBigger #BIAW2022

Stories & events

Brain Injury Awareness Week stories and events will be promoted throughout the week on our social media and here on our website.

Watch this space, sign up for announcements, or follow our Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to keep updated.

Angela's journey

10 years ago, Angela’s life as a mum and Beauty Therapist changed forever doing what most Australian families do every weekend, emptying the camper trailer.

Angela Kalantzis

Dave's journey

In 2001, Dave was an eager student keen to study IT at university when one day on his way to school he pulled out in front of a car. Dave, unfortunately, suffered a brain injury and spent seven months recovering in hospital.

David Paton

Patty's journey

In 2015, Patty was working and didn’t feel well. Later that day Patty decided to go to hospital and that was when Patty had a stroke, leaving her with a brain injury at 52.

Patty Hoodless

Jalen's journey

Jalen was a keen AFL player working in traffic control when he attended a family event, then woke up three weeks later in hospital.

Jalen Oakley
Sorry, No upcoming Brain Injury Awareness Week events

Resources, posters, and social tiles

Download #BIAW2022 resources below for use at home, at work, school, and for your event.

Have you got a story to tell?

Whether you’re currently recovering, had your injury decades ago, or are caring for a loved one with brain injury, your stories help others impacted by brain injury to feel understood.

Your stories also help us to continue raising awareness of brain injury and bringing about positive change.