BIA's Speech to the 2014 conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment

Monday, 12 May 2014 05:49

Brain Injury Australia Executive Officer, Nick Rushworth's, speech night to the 2014 conference dinner of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) in Fremantle, Western Australia - Friday 9 May:

" is hard for me to imagine - as it must have been for this young woman after her two years' worth of recovery - a literally hope-less physiotherapy, speech therapy, therapies delivered…in despair. Surely, one of, perhaps the core aim of any therapy is to enable the client, and his or her family, in hope - realistic hope - for as long as possible?" Read the full speech here...


Social workers can help patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries

Thursday, 08 May 2014 19:58

A 20-minute conversation with a social worker has the potential to significantly reduce the functional decline of those diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. More than a million people are treated for mild traumatic brain injuries in U.S. hospitals and emergency rooms each year. Yet few receive appropriate psychological and social follow-up care that can make the difference in whether or not they fully recover.  

Read more on the ScienceDaily website.


Artists tell stories of brain injury in Warrnambool laneway display

Sunday, 04 May 2014 08:43

WARRNAMBOOL’S successful Laneway Festivals will continue to revitalise the CBD’s forgotten corners with another event this weekend combining art and horticulture.

Saturday’s instalment of the Hidden Histories Laneway Festival series unveils a permanent hanging wall garden in Ozone Walk as well as featuring the Come Sit A While With Me exhibition.

Put together by Well For Life project facilitators Julie Poi and Becky Nevin-Berger, Come Sit A While With Me features the stories of seven people who have suffered brain injuries, as told through their own artwork.  

Read the full story on the Warrnambool Standard's website.


PET scans could predict extent of recovery from brain injury, trials shows

Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:47

Doctors believe they may have found a reliable way to assess whether patients in a vegetative state after a severe brain injury are likely to wake up, raising ethical questions about the best treatment for those in an unresponsive state.

In a hospital trial, brain scans using PET technology – positron emission tomography – identified hidden levels of consciousness in a third of patients who had been unresponsive and diagnosed as in a vegetative state for more than a year. Most of these "woke up" or moved to a more responsive state within 12 months.

The results of the four-year trial – which took place in a specialist hospital in Belgium, with patients from all over Europe including the UK – raise ethical questions and could change clinical practice.

Read the full story on The Guardian website.


JMB Foundation Inviting Applications

Saturday, 22 March 2014 19:18

 The JMB Foundation is once again inviting 'Applications for Funding' from eligible young people with ABI who have a specific and costed need. 

For example:

  • Home modifications;
  • Extra therapy hours;
  • Community access;
  • Therapy resources and equipment;
  • Respite.

The JMB Foundation’s vision is simple: all young sufferers of acquired brain injury should be fully and appropriately supported in their financial, rehabilitation and accommodation needs. To that end, we raise money, to assist with unmet needs and awareness, of the issue.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Have Acquired Brain Injury;
  • Be less than 50 years of age at the time of first application;
  • Be registered with the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the Disability Support Register (DSR).

Round 3 funding allocations are for the 26 week period from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2014.

All applicants must nominate a single point of contact to act as the 'authorised administrator'. In most cases this is a family member or case manager.

Further details can be found in the attached Application Guidelines, also available on our website 

To apply:-

  1. complete the application form (attached and available for download at
  2. submit by 30 April 2014 to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or postal address: PO Box 2281, Hawthorn, Vic 3122

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