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NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2016
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.
100 ATTEND BRAIN INJURY AUSTRALIA'S CONCUSSION TRAINING DAY 
100 people from around Australia and New Zealand attended BIA's Concussion Training Day held on November 7, at Sydney's Royal Rehab. 

Attendees learnt the latest concussion assessment and management techniques from Professor Barry Willer (pictured below), Director of Research in the Concussion Management Clinic at the University at Buffalo in Western New York, and Professor Gary Browne, Director of the Sports Concussion Service at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney (Professors Willer and Browne had just returned from the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, held in Berlin) and Dr Julia Treleaven from the Whiplash and Neck Pain Research Unit at the University of Queensland. Read more, and download the speaker presentations

RESEARCH UPDATE: BRAIN INJURY AND HOMELESSNESS
BIA has been advocating for greater awareness of brain injury among the over 100,000 Australians who are homeless since the release of the then Labor Government's The Road Home: A National Approach to Reducing Homelessness in 2008. (Crucially, the Australian Bureau of Statistics' "Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers" - which Australian governments have relied upon to estimate the size of the National Disability Insurance Scheme - has never surveyed homeless populations.) Recent research has found as many as one-third of the homeless in Canada have a brain injury. Learn more.
 'TIS THE SEASON OF  GIVING (AND ASKING!)  BRAIN INJURY AUSTRALIA  WISHES YOU A  MERRY  CHRISTMAS
Government funding for BIA - alongside nine other "diagnostic peak" advocacy organisations representing people with intellectual disability, autism, physical and sensory disability etc. - ceased in 2015.

The only "good news" out of that is BIA had built a reserve sufficient to fund its activities, but only in the short term. In order to continue operating, BIA will need to rely on new private sources of funding: from corporate sponsorship and fundraising activities as well as donations from supporters. 

Like you.

All donations to BIA are tax deductible and, given we're in the season of giving , making a donation to support the work of BIA is something that I'd ask each of you, your organisation, to…consider. Donations can be made a variety of ways. Please visit the "Donate" page of our website for more information. And have a great, and safe, Christmas. Regards, Nick Rushworth Executive Officer.
BIA CHAIRS 4TH NATIONAL ANNUAL ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCE
BIA chaired, and was the chief non-financial sponsor of the 4th National Acquired Brain Injury Conference held at Sydney's Royal Rehab, on November 8th and 9th.

Robyn Cetinich (below), delivered a powerful Opening Address on behalf of her son, Ty Cetinich, on the connection between brain injury, mental health, and suicide
. Professor Barry Willer (below left) delivered the Conference's International Keynote Address. 

Find out more about this event.

BIA SPEECH TO THE NDIS BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY CONFERENCE
BIA’s Executive Officer, Nick Rushworth, addressed the NDIS Business Transformation Strategy Conference, in Sydney, on 30th November –

“I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade, but Brain Injury Australia’s fundamental reservations about the NDIS remain unchanged…an individualised funding scheme, wrapped in ‘choice and control’, packaged in human rights, or in obligations under international conventions is simply lost on anyone trying to put back together the pieces of their broken life.” 

Read more.
"WHATEVER IT TAKES" - TRAINING COURSE ON BRAIN INJURY REHABILITATION
"Whatever it Takes", a training program providing best practice approaches to brain injury rehabilitation, will be held at Flinders University in Adelaide from February 21st-24th, 2017.

Professor Barry Willer, who presented at BIA's Concussion Training Day (above left) will lead the training with Associate Professor Duncan Babbage (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) and Libby Callaway (Monash University).

Learn more about this event.
BIA TRAINS STAFF OF MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA
As part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia's (MCA) commitment to connecting people to meeting and making art, the Bella Plus Program is available for adults with a disability.

BIA's Executive Officer Nick Rushworth recently trained staff and volunteers at the MCA in brain injury awareness, and in some of the challenges in connecting 
contemporary art with the lived experience of the disability.

Find out more about Bella Plus here.
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