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NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 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.
2017’S BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS WEEK DEVOTED TO BRAIN INJURY IN THE MILITARY
Brain injury has been referred to as the "signature injury" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 300,000 United States Armed Forces veterans have sustained a brain injury - sometimes the result of improvised explosive devices, pictured below - just since 2003’s Operation Iraqi Freedom. 1 in every 10 Australian Defence Force personnel who have served in the Middle East “reported the criteria for a new mild traumatic brain injury.” Find out more.
RESEARCH: TREATMENT OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY USING A BRAIN PROTEIN
Over 20,000 Australians are hospitalised with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. While most TBIs are "mild", as many as 1 in every 5 people experiencing "mild" TBI don't make a full recovery within the expected 2 to 3 months. A major focus of Brain Injury Australia during 2017 will be people living with "mild" TBI and post-concussion syndrome. Melbourne researchers are now developing an early treatment for TBI using a brain protein implicated in the leading cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more.
BIA APPOINTS TWO DIRECTORS: DR. SUZY GOLDSMITH AND MR. RICHARD MCKINNON
Brain Injury Australia has recruited two new Directors to its Board: Dr. Suzy Goldsmith and Mr. Richard McKinnon (pictured, below). 
Learn more about Suzy and Richard here.
BIA’S SUBSCRIBERS OFFERED DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION TO BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCES
BIA has agreed to be the Australian endorsing organisation for two brain injury conferences, to be held in March and April. Newsletter subscribers are eligible for as much as a 35 per cent discount on their registration. Find out more.
ADVICE FOR MOBILITY SCOOTER USERS
Falls are now the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) throughout the developed world. Australians aged 65 years and over account for almost two-thirds of all TBI deaths in hospital - 1 in every 6 the result of a fall. Falls-related brain injury in older Australians is one of BIA's multi-year education campaigns.

As many older Australians are now using mobility scooters, BIA approached Blue Badge Insurance, a partner of BIA and Australia's first independence and mobility insurance to get their safety tips for mobility scooter users .
Read more.
NICK RUSHWORTH JOINS MONASH PANEL ON IMPRISONMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Injury Australia’s Executive Officer Nick Rushworth joins Victorian Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough and Karenza Louis-Smith, CEO of the Australian Community Support Organisation, in a panel discussion on imprisonment and mental health at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre on Thursday 23rd February. Find out more.
CAN YOU HELP BRAIN INJURY AUSTRALIA'S WORK FOR 700,000 AUSTRALIANS?
Donations to Brain Injury Australia go directly to fund our efforts in raising awareness and advocating for services and supports for the 700,000 Australians living with brain injury, their families and carers. All donations to Brain Injury Australia are tax deductible. To make a donation, please visit the donations page of our website here.
Copyright © 2017. Brain Injury Australia. All rights reserved.

Contact Brain Injury Australia
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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