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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Synapse CEO Jennifer Cullen reappointed to NDIA Independent Advisory Council

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert announced on Wednesday 1 July that our CEO Jennifer Cullen has been reappointed to the Independent Advisory Council for another term.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Media Release: Synapse testify Guddi Way Screen success to the Disability Royal Commission

Brain injury is often called the ‘hidden’ disability due to its lack of physical evidence of injury, making it difficult to screen for and assess in Australian prisoners. Yet, having a brain injury in the criminal justice system makes an instrumental difference on the way prisoners are assessed and treated in and out of a prison.

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How could the 2022/23 Budget affect the brain injury community?

Synapse has broken down the key elements in this year’s budget that are relevant to those living with brain injury and their carers below to help our community understand how this budget affects them.

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