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Shelby Ouston
People with Brain Injury

Shelby Ouston

In November 2017, Shelby had just finished a two week tour around Australia with her band The Beautiful Monument, when she was admitted into The Austin Hospital in Melbourne with an unknown illness.

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Two women in mountain celebrating
Family & Carers

Meredith Lade

Meredith’s daughter Ari was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 17. Meredith discusses looking after yourself when your primary responsibility is looking after someone with a brain injury.

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Caitlin Kelly
People with Brain Injury

Caitlin Kelly

At just 22 years of age, a blood clot in Caitlin's brain caused her to collapse at home. After intensive rehabilitation, Catilin is taking a positive outlook on recovery.

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Tim Cudmore
People with Brain Injury

Tim Cudmore

As a child in 1998, Tim was in an accident that caused traumatic brain injury. His long journey of recovery and discovery has lead him to focus his energy on others.

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Les Clarence
Family & Carers

Les Clarence

In 2011, Les Clarence’ fit and healthy 55-year-old wife Franziska suffered a stroke in her sleep.

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Fiona
People with Brain Injury

Fiona’s story

Fiona is one of the tenants at the Synapse Cairns Community Living. Before coming to the Synapse Cairns Community Living, Fiona was living in hospital in Townsville.

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Portrait of Julie Clark
People with Brain Injury

Julie Clark

In February 1993, Julie was working as a flight attendant when she began experiencing persistent headaches.

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David Trahair
People with Brain Injury

David Trahair

David Trahair has an acquired brain injury as a result of a fall at home.  David and his wife Nicki hold the Beans 4 Brains Fun Run annually. 

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David FitzGerald
People with Brain Injury

David FitzGerald

When David was 11 years old, he acquired a brain injury through a horse riding accident.

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Nick Lonie looking to the right
People with Brain Injury

Nick Lonie

Nick Lonie is the former Chairman of Headwest. His brain injury occurred after he fell from the back of a moving ute.  

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Julian Saavedra
People with Brain Injury

Julian Saavedra

Synapse employee Julian Saavedra’s involvement with Synapse began as a volunteer during his recovery from a severe traumatic brain injury. 

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