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NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 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.
BIA HOLDS FORUM ON THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
120 people from around Australia attended a 25th August forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people with a brain injury.
 
This event was held in partnership with the University of Sydney's Centre for Disability Research and Policy.
 
A video of, and report from, the forum will be available soon. Find out more.
BIA is proud to announce its partnership with Blue Badge Insurance, Australia's specialist in mobility and independence insurance.



Blue Badge Insurance is offering BIA subscribers an additional $25 discount if they switch their car insurance to Blue Badge by 30 November 2016. Call 1300 304 802 and quote offer code “BIA001” to claim your discount. Find out more.

                    Ty Cetinich
BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS WEEK 2016 - DEDICATED TO YOUNG STROKE
160 young people with stroke, their families, service providers, policymakers, and researchers attended the national launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week, dedicated to young stroke, at the Melbourne Brain Centre, on August 15. Unpublished data provided to BIA by the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry shows that 1 in every 4 strokes now occurs in people aged less than 65 years. Rates of young stroke are also increasing. Find out more about the launch here. View video of the launch here.

As part of its preparation for 2016's national Brain Injury Awareness Week, BIA has produced a Position Paper on young stroke, the Week's theme.

The paper reviews the latest research on young stroke's incidence, prevalence, and unmet need, examines risks factors and the potential for prevention and makes a series of recommendations for the overhaul of health and disability-funded services. Download the paper here.
(BIA hopes you like the new format of our newsletter. Many thanks to Issan Ramma, Senior Graphic Designer at Slater + Gordon Lawyers, for his help.)
BIA WORKSHOP ON PEOPLE WITH A BRAIN INJURY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
110 people from around Australia and overseas attended a day-long workshop on 27th June about the interaction between people with a brain injury and the criminal justice system.
 
The workshop was held in partnership with University of New South Wales' Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health.
 
Learn more about the workshop, and read the workshop report here.
As part of its ongoing commitment to concussion education, BIA presents a day-long training in best practice concussion assessment, treatment, and management, on Monday 7th November.
 
This event will feature Professor Barry Willer, 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 will have just returned from the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, to be held in Berlin at the end of October.
 
The Training Day is a fundraiser for BIA. Find out more, register for this event.
4TH ANNUAL NATIONAL ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCE
The 4th Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference will be held at Royal Rehab in Ryde, Sydney, on the 8th and 9th November, 2016.
 
The conference will feature an "International Keynote Presentation" on traumatic brain injury as a chronic condition, delivered by Professor Barry Willer from the University at Buffalo in New York State, and an "Opening Address" by Robyn Cetinich mother of Tyson, pictured above left – about the impact of concussion on mental health. Find out more.
BIA RECEIVES NATIONAL DISABILITY CONFERENCE INITIATIVE FUNDING
Following BIA’s successful application to the Australian Government's National Disability Conference Initiative, BIA has received $11,000 in funding to assist people with an acquired brain injury to attend the 4th Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference to be held at Royal Rehab in Sydney on the 8th and 9th November.
 
A concession registration rate for the Conference of $110 is available for people with a brain injury, family members, and carers. Find out more.
STROKE FILMMAKER NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Director and writer Tin Pang wants to raise awareness about stroke by making a film about his experience caring for his mother. Filming is due to start in December 2016.

Can you help Tin raise funds to make this film? Find out more here.
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Email: Simon van Rysewyk, Communications Manager, communications@braininjuryaustralia.org.au

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