20 Jun

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.

Recently, the Headwest Board met with Synapse in Perth to finalise this agreement.

Synapse CEO, Jennifer Cullen, said “We’re pleased that the agreement has now been formally finalised. Synapse is ready and excited to build upon existing work and partnerships with Western Australian communities.”

Headwest has provided brain injury services for Western Australians for over 30-years. Synapse will continue these services, as well as provide different services that were not yet offered by Headwest.

Ms Cullen said “Now that we have a state office and employees located in Western Australia, we plan on building a service network across the state to reach more Western Australians impacted by brain injury.”

The decision by the Headwest Board was made after careful consideration about the future of Headwest and how to ensure continued growth in high quality, specialist brain injury services in Western Australia.

Former Headwest Chairman, Nick Lonie, said that a funding change impacted on Headwest ability to provide services and that Synapse was chosen because of its broad range of services and shared vision.

Mr Lonie said “Synapse vision aligned with ours and the decision means that we could provide certainty for all our stakeholders. Synapse grass roots origins, due to unification of multiple state-based brain injury associations, gives a powerful voice to brain injury. We feel confident that Synapse will carry the legacy of Headwest proudly into the future.”

Synapse offers a broad range of services for people impacted by brain injury and disability including housing and support, education, training, advocacy, information and referral, and NDIS services.

Contact Synapse to find out more by calling our freecall number 1800 673 074 or by emailing info@synapse.org.au.