ACOSS 2014 Conference Disability Support Subsidy

Monday, 10 March 2014 18:58

Applications are now open to support people with a disability to participate in the ACOSS National Conference, 11 th -12 th June 2014.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality. Each year, ACOSS holds a National Conference to bring together key decision makers, practitioners, researchers and the people at the front line of social policy and services.

In 2014 the conference theme is ‘Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond’, and the conference program will feature international guest speakers and Australian leaders presenting a way forward for tackling poverty and inequality. The ACOSS conference will also profile the G20 agenda for Inclusive Growth and identify opportunities for the community sector to engage with C20 advocacy for more inclusive and sustainable social and economic policy.

To find out how to apply, download the flyer. [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 172.1 KB]


Enriched environment aids in brain injury recovery

Thursday, 06 March 2014 19:10

MELBOURNE researchers have completely reversed brain damage in animal models by enriching the environment in which they recovered, a finding which could overhaul how victims of car crashes and sporting clashes are treated.

And the stimulation — such as activities, music and socialisation — could be introduced as late as a week after the traumatic brain injury, for the brain to start repairing itself.

Monash University Associate Professor Ramesh Rajan said their findings backed up research published last year that showed human patients who were kept in quiet and clinical wards after injury, did not make as good a recovery or got worse.  

Read more at the Herald Sun website.


Fruit fly's pruning protein could be key to treating brain injury

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:21

"A protein that controls the metamorphosis of the common fruit fly could someday play a role in reversing brain injuries. Cysteine proteinase-1 in the fly directs both the early development and regrowth of dendrites that relay information from neuron to neuron. Researchers are hopeful the mammalian equivalent of this molecule might be used to help regrow dendrites after injury."  

Read the full story at the ScienceDaily website.


One gene influences recovery from traumatic brain injury

Monday, 03 March 2014 14:12

One change in the sequence of the BDNF gene causes some people to be more impaired by traumatic brain injury than others with comparable wounds, new research shows. The study measured general intelligence in a group of 156 Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head injuries during the war. All of the study subjects had damage to the prefrontal cortex, a brain region behind the forehead that is important to cognitive tasks such as planning, problem-solving, self-restraint and complex thought. The team found that a single polymorphism (a difference in one “letter” of the sequence) in the BDNF gene accounted for significant differences in intelligence among those with similar injuries and comparable intelligence before being injured.  

Like to know more? Find out at the ScienceDaily website.


Factors affecting self-reporting among people with traumatic brain injury evaluated

Monday, 03 March 2014 13:10

Among individuals with traumatic brain injury, depression and self-awareness affect subjective reports of memory, quality of life, and satisfaction with life, new research has found. Impairment in self-awareness (the ability to accurately recognize one's own abilities and limitations) often occurs after TBI. Intact self-awareness would result in accurate self-reports; however, intact self-awareness can also be associated with depressive symptoms. This is the first study to examine the complex relationship between self-awareness and depression, while also accounting for the self-reporting of well being and quality of life by individuals with TBI.  

Read more about this research at the ScienceDaily website.


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