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eConnect Newsletter May 2013
Only 9 days to go... how are you getting involved?

9 days till the BANGONABEANIE campaign kicks off for 2013...time to check out the campaign website at You can buy a beanie and other merchandise, make a donation, download resources, check out some of the awesome events planned, and much much more.

BangOnABoa - Friday 9th August


BangOnABoa is the launch event for Brain Injury Awareness Week and is back this year bigger and better. We have secured the top level of Cloudland in Fortitude Valley, and have a fabulous line-up of performers ready to entertain you.

Everything else at the moment is a secret. Make sure you save the date below, book a baby sitter, do whatever you have to... because you aren't going to want to miss this!!

Date: Friday 9 August
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Location: "Cloudland" - 641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley Q 4006

Grab your tickets online now... discounts available for 10+ group bookings.



We put our thinking beanies on and worked out a deliciously fun way to raise much needed funds during our mega BANGONABEANIE campaign.

As well as having a gas time and enjoying all that yummy tucker (don't forget the vegetarian options), you can also help raise awareness of (and $$$) a great cause: the 1.6 million Australians who are affected by Acquired Brain Injury.

So if you haven't got too much on your plate, and like having a good time, get your gang together and… BangOnABarbie

Why not set up a supporter page on Everyday Hero to help spread the word amongst your mates and collect donations?

Did you receive Speech Pathology Services?

Researchers from the University of Queensland are conducting a project to investigate the experiences of adults with brain injuries and their families when they access speech pathology services in Queensland. The provision of speech pathology services following TBI is particularly important given the impact cognitive-communication disorders have on the lives of those affected.

University of Qld are seeking adults with brain injuries and their significant others to complete online surveys pertaining to their experiences. They are interested in comments irrespective of the number of speech pathology session’s people attended. Please follow the addresses below to complete the survey. It should take no longer than 15-20 minutes.

People with TBI:
Significant others:

QAI Supported Decision Making Forum

There's a lot of talk about Supported Decision-Making here in Queensland and around the country - especially now the NDIS is on its way. Some say that people with decision-making difficulties (including acquired brain injuries) may benefit from a new approach to decision-making, others say is just a new expression for what people are already doing.

Good, bad or indifferent, it's a good time to get together to learn more about what it is, and to start to ask some tough questions about whether, and how, it would work in this State.

Bookings are essential - RSVP FRIDAY 7 JUNE 2013

Friday 28 June
QUT Gardens Theatre
2 George Street,
Brisbane, Qld, 4000
Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided.

Are you an Illustrator?

Synapse is in contact with a wonderful lady who is doing her part to increase awareness of ABI. This author’s current project is to create a children’s book that speaks about Stroke and ABI in a way that children can absorb and understand.

Having completed the text, she is now looking for an illustrator that can capture the context of this book and bring it to life. The ideal illustrator would be one with a personal experience of ABI, however please don’t be discouraged if this is not you.

Please contact Synapse if you are interested in this opportunity, and we will gladly pass on your information.

Featured publication

Bridge Magazine - Maximising Recovery (2013)

In this issue: Strategies for 14 common issues Making the most of rehabilitation Caring for someone with a brain injury..

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Mental Health

Mental health: brain injury & mental illness (dual diagnosis)

Some people may find themselves coping not only with the effects of a brain injury, but also a mental illness.   A mental illness can cause additional stress for the person and their family after a brain injury. Common forms of mental illness include depression, anxiety, and obsessive or compulsive behaviour. A brain injury can be caused by a brain tumour, Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, meningitis, encephalitis or epilepsy.    It can be very...

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