Publications

On this page  you will find links to a range of papers and presentations  produced by Brain Injury Australia as part of its national policy advocacy role. If you are looking for publications about management of  Acquired Brain Injury, check out the extensive range of fact sheets available on the website of our member organisation Synapse or check out our web links.

 

BIA EO's Speech to the National Launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week 2013

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:42

"...Brain Injury Australia wants to restrain this week's celebration. Make no mistake. Many people with a brain injury will be able to navigate the brave new world of DisabilityCare Australia as easily as the old services system. But some will not."

2013’s national Brain Injury Awareness Week was launched in Geelong last Monday by the Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin and featured a speech from the Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia, Nick Rushworth.  You can read Nick's speech here, and Minister Macklin's here.

   

Brain Injury Australia's new flyer - print, post, publish!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:41

Brain Injury Australia has put together a new flyer that describes what it is that we do. Please print, post and publish, as far and as wide as you can! Thanks. 

   

BIA's DisabiltyCare Australia "Practical Design Fund" Report on Indigenous ABI

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:28

In early 2013, Brain Injury Australia was funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme's (NDIS) Practical Design Fund to develop a culturally appropriate NDIS assessment process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons living with an acquired brain injury (ABI).

This project was co-managed by Brain Injury Australia and Synapse (Brain Injury Association of Queensland, Inc.). The research was undertaken by researchers from James Cook University.

The key results of this research were:
• guidelines for appropriate protocols for engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the assessment process;
• a four-stage Planning and Assessment framework that describes the appropriate actions that DisabilityCare Australia Planners and/or Local Area Coordinators need to       take during the assessment process when determining eligibility to DisabilityCare Australia;
• a prototype instrument toolkit (requiring scientific validation before use), containing cognitive and functional assessments that are culturally acceptable for assessment of acquired brain injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; and
• the identification of necessary training components for the professional development of DisabilityCare staff, including cultural awareness, competency and ABI training programmes and coursework.

For more information on the Practical Design Fund work, contact Brain Injury Australia on: (02) 9808 9390 or 1-800 BRAIN1 (1-800 272 461)

Download the full report, in Adobe Acrobat PDF (4.4 MB), here.
 

   

Brain Injury Australia's 2011-2012 policy paper on concussion in sport

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 21:36

The “Consensus Statement” from the fourth international conference of the “Concussion in Sport Group” held in Zurich, Switzerland last November acknowledged, for the first time in the Group’s history, that concussion is a “subset of TBI [traumatic brain injury]”. Brain Injury Australia has recently completed a policy paper on concussion in sport for the Australian Government. The paper focuses on Australia's three major "collision" sports - Australian Rules football, rugby league and rugby union - and identified a broad lack of recognition of the injury and its potential seriousness. Its key recommendation was for a national cross-sport education campaign in awareness and best practice assessment and management of concussion, suitable for sports administrators, coaches, trainers, players and the broader community.

Brain Injury Australia is partnering with Sports Medicine Australia to provide a nationwide “grassroots” concussion awareness and education campaign, starting in the second half of 2013. The campaign will be built around Brain Injury Australia’s trademarked "Five Rs" of concussion for the purposes of community education: “Recognise the injury; Removal from play; Referral to a doctor; Rest and then Return to play”.

Download the Executive Summary or Recommendations of Brain Injury Australia's policy paper on concussion in sport. The full policy paper is available here.


   

Out of Calamity: Stories of Trauma Survivors

Thursday, 01 September 2011 11:48

altOut of Calamity: Stories of Trauma Survivors is a book of portraits of people and their families who have experienced and endured severe brain trauma with dignity, courage, humour and resilience. The portraits are about people who are generally unknown and unrecognised in our communities. Coping daily with severe trauma and consequent loss, they provide the finest examples of the human spirit, epitomized by endurance and inventiveness as they reach out to redevelop themselves.

Professor Patrick D McGorry AO, Australian of the Year 2010, describes Out of Calamity as a “wonderful and unique resource for improving our understanding of the lives of people who have experienced trauma. These stories are challenging but also life enhancing.”

The author of Out of Calamity is Roger Rees, Emeritus Professor of Disability Studies and Research in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, Adelaide. For twenty five years he has run a rehabilitation and educational consultancy for people experiencing neurological injury and trauma. Out of Calamity is a book of stories and portraits
about these people.

We no longer have copies of the book available for sale. It may still be obtained by ordering through good bookstores. The publisher is Axiom Publishing.

   

BIA's speech to the launch of the National Trauma Research Institute

Monday, 21 November 2011 13:36

Nick Rushworth spoke at the launch of the new National Trauma Research Institute in Melbourne, Thursday November 17:

"...This is why the work of the Institute is such an asset, upstream and downstream – not only in lobbying for better and more trauma care, but – in ensuring evidence-based best practice – compensating, correcting for, leveling out the uneven distribution of patient advantage..."

Read or download Nick's speech [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 19.55 KB]

   

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