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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brain Injury Chats – Finding Downtime as a Carer

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

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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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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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Preparing for job interviews – Information Session

We recently hosted Alexa Locke from Greenlight Human Capital who spoke with our Reconnections group on the topic of developing job interview skills and disclosing a brain injury. You can watch the session recording to learn more.

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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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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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Christmas with a Brain Injury
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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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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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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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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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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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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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NIISQ CEO Neil Singleton on Motor vehicle accidents and brain injury
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Art Therapy workshop

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

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What is causing the silent epidemic of brain injuries in the elderly?
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What is causing the silent epidemic of brain injuries in the elderly?

Older people are acquiring brain injuries at an alarming rate. So why on earth is this happening and what can we do about it?

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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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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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The Afternoon Shift – Tim Cudmore
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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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Carer Gateway Information Session

We were joined by the team from Carer Gateway during National Carers Week to discuss the wide range of support that is available. 

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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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