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eConnect Newsletter February 2014

For International Brain Awareness Month in March we're spreading our Reconnect message via a Limited Edition 'RECONNEC-T'.

Help spread the word via social media! And the word is, "You can reconnect, no matter how disconnected you feel."

By backing this initiative you’re helping us to reach out to the millions of Australians affected by some form of brain disorder. They need our help and support, so we need yours to get our message out there. Plus we’re willing to sell you a really cool Limited Edition T-Shirt in return.

Spread the word. Order Online Today!!

BANGONABEANIE - Partnership Proposal 2014

Over 1 in 12 Australians are affected by Brain Injury (World Health Organisation, 2006). Whether we realise it or not, we all know someone affected... the good news is, you can do something about it.

BANGONABEANIE is the National campaign for Brain Injury Awareness Week (11-17 August, 2014), and we want you to be involved.

Check out our Partnership Proposal via the link below, providing not just advertising and brand awareness for your business, but an opportunity for your staff to engage in something truly meaningful.


It's time to turn our outrage on those who hide behind alcohol, drugs and anonymity. It's time to turn the tables on the 'dicks' who think bashing some poor stranger will make them feel better about themselves.

The only thing this senseless violence has ever achieved is to ruin people's lives. Far too many lives. Far too many times. We know because we deal with the human tragedy that follows.

Violent assault is rated among the top three most common causes of Traumatic Brain Injury, which is a major cause of disability and death worldwide. In 2004-05 TBI was responsible for around 22,700 hospitalisations, about 980 deaths in hospital, and estimated direct hospital care costs of $184million (AIHW, 2008).

Enough is enough. Add your voice across social media to help get the message out... that violence destroys lives!

Here's the hashtag #DontBeADick. Now use it!

Cape & Torres Disability Service Delivery Project

Last week our Project Consultant, Donna and Project Officer, Tamsyn headed to far north Queensland as part of our Cape & Torres Disability Service Delivery Project.

This Project provides training, mentoring and assessment services to the communities of Saibai Island, Badu Island, Weipa and Kowanyama. Synapse is assessing the support needs of identified clients and working within the individual's existing resources to provide innovative solutions to their support requirements.

To find out more about our work with Aboriginal & Torres Strait communities, visit our website.

Researchers at Griffith University need your help!

They want to develop purpose-built housing design, using consumer perspectives, to inform future supportive accommodation options for people with higher support needs.

Synapse are proud to support this research project as we are committed to improving the quality of life of people with brain injury and their significant others. For more information, please 'read more' and check out the flyer.

Featured publication

Bridge Magazine - Social Violence (2013)

What happens when one punch doesn't kill? Thousands of families each year are affected by permanent Brain Injury from social violence...

Latest fact sheet


Step. Back. Think. - Fact Sheet

Step Back Think is a group trying to prevent one punch resulting in shattered lives forever. Dave Mitchell was a typical 19 year old guy. He had just started his apprenticeship in carpentry, loved playing footy, and hanging out with his mates. On what seemed like a regular night out with his friends, Dave's mate fell into a dispute with another guy who told him to "come outside". Dave followed his mate out of the pub to "play the peacemaker"...

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