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NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2017
Brain Injury Australia is the central clearinghouse of information and gateway to nationwide referral for optimising the social and economic participation of all Australians living with brain injury.
NDIS UPDATE: OVER 2000 PEOPLE WITH A BRAIN INJURY HAVE AN APPROVED PLAN
The second of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s  quarterly reports to the Council of Australian Governments on “Transition” to the full Scheme reveals that just over 2,000 people with a brain injury, out of a total of 61,000 Scheme participants, have an “approved plan”. This is an addition of 980 “approved plans” for people with a brain injury, out of 23,500, in the last quarter of 2016. “As encouraging as this may sound,” says Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia, “it doesn’t tell us anything about the participation rate of people with a brain injury compared to people with other disabilities, or relative to their unmet need for specialist services and supports.” Read more.
The second of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) quarterly reports to the Council of Australian Governments on “Transition” to the full Scheme reveals that just over 2,000 people with a brain injury, out of a total of 61,000 Scheme participants, have an “approved plan”. This is an addition of 980 “approved plans” for people with a brain injury, out of 23,500, in the last quarter of 2016. “As encouraging as this may sound,” says Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia, “it doesn’t tell us anything about the participation rate of people with a brain injury compared to people with other disabilities, or relative to their unmet need for specialist services and supports.” Read more.
BIA’S CHARITY PARTNER - THE ICE HOCKEY CLASSIC - RETURNS IN 2017
In a partnership between concussion awareness and education platform Stopconcussions Foundation and Brain Injury Australia, Australia will play host to North America’s finest ice hockey players - including representatives from the National Hockey League, widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world - when USA takes on Canada in the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic in June. Find out more.
BARWON STROKE SUPPORT CENTRE OPENS FOR PEOPLE WITH STROKE
The Stroke Association of Victoria (SAV) has opened the Barwon Support Centre in Geelong, Victoria, as part of SAV’s Life After Stroke Pathway, to provide people with stroke and their carers access to information and peer support services they need to participate in the community. This Centre is a feature of SAV’s strategy to establish new “stroke centres” in each health region, with integration to local health providers.

A focus of SAV’s activities is to attract people older than 18 but younger than 65 with first-time stroke (“young strokes”) to use support services and participate in the community. Find out more.
NEUROLOGICAL ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA RELEASES PAPER ON DEGENERATIVE DISEASE
In a Joint Position Paper launched in Canberra on March 22, pictured below, the ten national peak bodies of the Neurological Alliance Australia - including Brain Injury Australia - called on the National Disability Insurance Scheme to better meet the needs of the 850,000 Australians living with progressive neurological or neuromuscular conditions that have no known cause, and no cure. Find out more.
Professor Matthew Kiernan, Director of the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia at the NAA launch event, above.
NEW RESEARCH: HOW MANY MAKE A FULL RECOVERY FROM CONCUSSION?
Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) can affect as many as 2 in every 5 people who don’t make a full recovery within 3 months of their injury. Common symptoms include headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and depression. Little is known about the causes of PCS and there are no evidence-based treatments. A new study surveyed 285 patients of a Canadian hospital. Read more.
NEUROMOVES NOW IN SYDNEY: EXERCISE FOR NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS
Spinal Cord injuries Australia – “providing consumer based support to people with physical disabilities” – has launched its NeuroMoves exercise program in Sydney, targeting people with neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease or cerebral palsy. Find out more.
SUMMER FOUNDATION HOSTS LECTURE SERIES ON BRAIN INJURY REHABILITATION
The Summer Foundation – whose focus is changing human service policy and practice related to young people in nursing homes – will host a professional development lecture series on brain injury rehabilitation. Formerly run by the Victorian Brain Injury Recovery Association, the lectures will provide the latest information from research and clinical practice. Find out more.
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Phone: (02) 9808 9390   |   1-800 BRAIN1 (1-800 272 461)
Email: Simon van Rysewyk, Communications Manager, communications@braininjuryaustralia.org.au

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