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NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 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.
NEW RESEARCH: CAN HEADING A SOCCER BALL CAUSE BRAIN INJURY?
The peak body for the 13 million people who play soccer in the United States recently banned heading the ball for children aged 10 and under due to fears it causes brain injury.

Professor John O'Kane from the University of Washington has conducted a review of over 300 studies. "Soccer is unique in that it is the only sport where a player uses their head to intentionally strike the ball during the course of play." Find out more.

BLUE BADGE INSURANCE EXTENDS ITS POLICY DISCOUNTS TO BIA SUPPORTERS
Brain Injury Australia has partnered with Blue Badge Insurance, Australia’s first specialist in mobility and independence insurance. Blue Badge covers a variety of insurance needs, including wheelchair, mobility scooter, home and contents insurance. 

Blue Badge is extending its offer to supporters of Brain Injury Australia with an additional $25 discount if you switch your car insurance to Blue Badge by January 31, 2017. Call 1300 304 802 and quote offer code “BIA001” to claim your discount. Find out more here.
BIA'S CHARITY PARTNER SIDETEMBER DOUBLES ITS SUPPORT FOR RETURN2SPORT

Brain Injury Australia’s charity partner, Sidetember – a “fun initiative running in the month formerly known as September to help raise funds for people living with a brain injury” – has decided to double its support for Return2Sport to $20,000.

Return2Sport, based at Royal Rehab in Sydney, helps people with a brain injury "discover community based sport, recreation and leisure opportunities tailored to their abilities.”

Below, Sidetember's founder and driving force, Stuart Matthewman, presents a cheque for $20,000 to Return2Sport's Coordinator, Sebastian van Veenendaal, and Seb's pictured with two new purchases with the proceeds - recumbent bicycles. More here.

PEOPLE WITH BRAIN INJURY AND FAMILIES WANTED FOR UNIVERITY OF SYDNEY RESEARCH
People with traumatic brain injury, family members and carers are invited to join a University of Sydney study comparing internet-based with face-to-face communication skills training. Find out more here.
NDIS FORUM SPEAKER VIDEOS AVAILABLE ON BRAIN INJURY AUSTRALIA'S WEBSITE
Last August's Forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people with a brain injury - held in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy - attracted 120 attendees from around the country.

Speakers included Dr. Hans Reinders, Professor of Ethics and Mental Disability from the Free University of Amsterdam, Associate Professor Natasha Lannin from La Trobe University, and the Deputy CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency, Ian Maynard

Videos of their presentations are now available to view on Brain Injury Australia's YouTube channel here.
DISCUSSION PAPER: "NEW DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES FROM 2018"
Only 2 in every 5 people with a brain injury have returned to work within 2 years of injury.  Only 2,200 people with a brain injury, out of 160,000, use Disability Employment Services (DES). And while the total number of participants in DES has risen by 7 per cent since 2011, participants with a brain injury fell by 10 per cent.

Brain Injury Australia has responded to a Discussion Paper recently released by the Australian Government aimed at “reforming” Disability Employment Services

Specifically, Brain Injury Australia welcomes plans to introduce a new funding model with “risk-adjusted outcome payments based on the likelihood of a DES participant achieving an employment outcome…providers choosing to work with clients who have more significant barriers to employment or in more challenging labour markets would be better rewarded for achieving an employment outcome.” It also “removes any incentives to ’park and cream’ – that is to focus on high turnover of easy to place job seekers, while doing little to support those hardest to place.” Read more.
RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH BRAIN INJURY SHOWS PROMISE
Brain Injury Australia is a consumer representative on the Project Committee for the Vocational Intervention Program (VIP), which aims to improve the vocational pathways and return-to-work rates for people with a brain injury. A recent survey of the VIP shows some promising results for people with brain injury returning to work. Read more.
NEW RESEARCH: CAN COOLING THE BODY REDUCE THE IMPACT OF BRAIN INJURY?
Cooling the body - therapeutic hypothermia (TH) - has been used to reduce the impact of traumatic brain injury. But how best to do it, by how many degrees, and for how long has yet to be determined. Researchers at the University of London reviewed 50 studies involving 3,500 patients.



TH "attenuates some of the secondary injury mechanisms that are initiated by a traumatic brain injury. Studies on animals have shown that metabolism and cerebral blood flow are decreased by 5 to 7 per cent for each degree Celsius that the body temperature is decreased, therefore reducing oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production." Find out the results of the review here.
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