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eConnect Newsletter February 2013
Welcome to eConnect.

Welcome to the new look eConnect, our regular electronic newsletter.

As part of our recent web site redesign, we have revamped and customised a range of our communication methods and strategies. These changes were based on your feedback via the Synapse Communications Audit run last year. We have also made a number of changes to increase functionality and accessibility.

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Synapse website wins ‘Best in Class’ IMA Award.

We are happy to announce that the Synapse website has won a "Best in Class" Interactive Media Award (IMA), scoring a fantastic 498 out of a possible 500.

The Interactive Media Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement.

SAIF Update and Community Meeting Outcome

Thank you to all who attended the community meeting on the 23rd of January, your questions and feedback have been taken recorded and will be communicated to the Synapse Board of Management.

We are yet to receive answers to the questions FaHCSIA have taken on notice. We will communicate FaHCSIA’s responses when we receive them by posting them to the Synapse website and emailing to those who provided their email addresses at the meeting. We have added a SAIF Frequently Asked Questions section to the Synapse website and welcome any other questions you may have. Please direct questions to or by calling our office on 1800 673 074.

As a result of the community and council feedback Synapse will not lodge a Development Application with the Cairns Regional Council within the 2 week time-frame indicated at the community meeting. We are taking time to deliberate and address relevant feedback within the design of the centre. We will continue to keep the community updated via this e-newsletter, and through our social media.

We will continue to hold regular community meetings over the course of the project and a schedule of these will be released once finalised.

Labor MP Chris Hayes becomes emotional on NDIS while talking about his grandson with autism

Liberal frontbencher Bob Baldwin today told parliament about his brother Bill, a diabetic double amputee on dialysis, while Labor backbencher Chris Hayes choked up briefly when talking about his autistic grandson.

Synapse Accommodation

Everyone strives to live in a place we can call home; a place where we belong; one where we can share with kindred souls. We all would rather live in a home than an institution. People with a disability are no different, some just have different needs. Synapse aims to provide accommodation for people aged between 18 and 65 who have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), other Neurocognitive Disorders, or behaviours that challenge our understanding.

Featured publication

Bridge Magazine - Understanding Behaviour (2012)

Challenging behaviours are common after a brain injury, especially when there is damage to parts of the brain that control our impulses and regulate our emotions (such as the frontal lobe).   In this issue: Common behavioural Challenges follwing ABI Me, me, me - Egocentricity Impaired self-awareness Relationship problems   About Bridge Magazine: Bridge is the quarterly magazine produced by Synapse, who are dedicated to improving the quality of life...

Latest fact sheet

Types of brain disorders

Acquired Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury & Brain Disorders

Over the years a brain injury has been called many things including, head damage, Acquired Brain Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury.  There are many problems with the wide number of terms used to describe brain injuries, making it difficult to: find relevant information form accurate statistics apply for funding and research create widespread public awareness provide consistent support and information services.   Synapse is moving toward using the term...

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