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The concussion games

Monday, 23 June 2014 10:09

With the evidence mounting that concussion is linked to long term brain injuries, contact sports right around the world are on watch. However, the AFL's expert concussion group has consistently attacked the growing evidence, accusing scientists of dodgy research and fear mongering. Wendy Carlisle investigates.  

Listen to the Background Briefing program on the Radio National website. You can also read the transcript.

   

International behaviour expert delivers workshop for BIA

Monday, 26 May 2014 17:29

Brain Injury Australia presents a workshop by one of the world’s
leading practitioners of Positive Behaviour Support in brain
injury and autism, Dr. Tim Feeney from the United States.

Download the workshop flyer. [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 353.48 KB]

   

Leanne Togher in Conversation with Richard Fidler

Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:10

Speech pathologist Professor Leanne Togher restores communication to people who've suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Leanne is a communications disorder specialist at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences.

From very early in her career, she has worked with people suffering a sudden loss of language as the result of an acquired brain injury.

In the majority of cases, patients with aphasia are young men who've been in motor accidents.

Leanne's work in the Brain Injury Unit at the Lidcombe Hospital led her to examine the way family members, friends and others can improve a patient's 'everyday' communication.

She found that it's often the 'able' partner in a conversation who creates blocks to understanding.

Listen to the conversation at ABC Local Radio.

   

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:

"...it 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, to...live 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.

   

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