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Harrison's Advocacy Journey

After Harrison’s* mother and carer passed away, he was left to navigate a complex estate situation. Synapse advocates worked with Harrison to find the legal support required to reach a positive outcome that has since seen him living in his own home.

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Advocacy Case Studies

Catherine's Advocacy Journey

After a motor vehicle accident left Catherine* in a wheelchair with a brain injury, her life changed completely and she had to live with her parents. Synapse supported Catherine and her family to gradually transition her to independent living and fuller life.

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Advocacy Case Studies

Matthew's Advocacy Journey

In 2020, Matthew* suffered multiple strokes which resulted in severe disability. After struggling to get suitable care through the Public Guardian, Matthew's friends and the Synapse Advocacy Team took action. Thanks to the support of his family, friends and the efforts of Matthew’s advocate at Synapse, he now has greater control over decisions regarding his care.

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Kathy Rees
Family & Carers

Kathy Rees

Kathy Rees and her daughter Belinda “B” Buckler were in a freak car accident in a flooded causeway in 1983 that left B with an Acquired Brain Injury.

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Emily's story with epilepsy
Family & Carers

Emily's story with epilepsy

Emily was in primary school when she had her first seizure, leading to an acquired brain injury. With the help of the NDIS, Emily now aims to live independently.

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Urs Birrer
People with Brain Injury

Urs Birrer

After a traumatic brain injury left him unable to continue working, Urs Birrer has begun an exciting new phase of his life and recovery, volunteering and inspiring others to do the same.

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Jacob Dedman
People with Brain Injury

Jacob Dedman

Cheryl Dedman and her husband desperately wanted a second child but, with Cheryl having lost pituitary function as a result of a brain tumour, it wasn’t to be. Shortly after adopting their son, Jacob, the couple began to notice distinct differences in his behaviour and development.

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Cheryl Dedman
Family & Carers People with Brain Injury

Cheryl Dedman

Cheryl Dedman knows more about brain injury than most, having experienced it both personally, and as the adoptive parent of a teenager diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

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Kris Tucker
People with Brain Injury

Kris Tucker

In 2011 Kris Tucker experienced a brain bleed from an aneurysm, and subsequently a stroke. While the road since then has been challenging, Kris says that even amidst endless unknowns you must hold on to hope. 

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Danny Trestrail
People with Brain Injury

Danny Trestrail

In 2014, Danny Trestrail suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Challenges notwithstanding, Danny is still happy with the direction his life has taken. 

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Narelle Hawkins
Family & Carers

Narelle Hawkins

For Narelle Hawkins, the lack of understanding and empathy for brain injury isn’t just frustrating, it’s devastating – leaving her son Todd isolated and in despair.  

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Anne-Maree Hart
People with Brain Injury

Anne-Maree Hart

Campbelltown woman Anne-Maree Hart sustained a head injury because of a serious domestic violence incident. 

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Danette Rowse
People with Brain Injury

Danette Rowse

Danette Rowse, from Hazelbrook in the Blue Mountains, was a 48 year old mum of two when, after sunspot removal, she blacked out at the wheel, colliding with another vehicle and suffering extensive injuries. 

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Marie Carroll
Family & Carers People with Brain Injury

Marie and Jordan Carroll

Marie Carroll’s son, Jordan, was just 11 years old when he suffered a brain bleed, causing a stroke. 

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Julian Saavedra
People with Brain Injury

Julian Saavedra

In 2010, Julian was in an accident that left him with a brain injury. Support from family and a positive outlook has driven his recovery.

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Michael Liang Sen Yan
People with Brain Injury

Michael Liang Sen Yan

In 1992, the Australian Government sent three telegrams to Michael Liang Sen Yan’s hometown in China to let his parents know that he had suffered a car accident.

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Phil and Abbie
Family & Carers People with Brain Injury

Phil and Abbie

Phil and Abbie have been married for 35 years, navigating the highs and lows of family life 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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Caitlin Reid
People with Brain Injury

Caitlin Reid

24-year-old Caitlin Reid, from NSW, says that while a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) brought a succession of challenges, with that also came enormous personal and professional growth. 

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Meredith Lade and Ariana Delawari
Family & Carers

Meredith Lade and Ariana Delawari

Meredith’s daughter Ari was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 17. Meredith shares her experience as a carer, the impact of brain injury on her own life, and how she takes care of her own wellbeing.

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Leanne Hall
Family & Carers

Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall cares for two complex needs children and has struggled for years to organise support from the NDIS for her son, Ollie. Rachael Kernick of Synapse became part of 'Team Ollie', and has contributed to life-changing funding for the family. 

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Sarah Rasborsek
People with Brain Injury

Sarah Rasborsek

Sarah had just crossed the finish line of a triathlon on the Gold Coast when her brain "shut down". It took her over two years to discover what had happened: a virus aggressively inflamed her central nervous system.

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damien mowle
People with Brain Injury

Damien Mowle

Damien's story highlights the importance of a solid support network to motivate you through your rehabilitation and recovery.

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mother and daughter standing underneath tree
Family & Carers People with Brain Injury

Kate's story

Kate has experienced two episodes of Acute Necrotizing Encephalopathy (ANE) - an extremely rare and often fatal disease.

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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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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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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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