Are you a relative, spouse, close friend or carer of someone with a traumatic brain injury?

Monday, 15 September 2014 16:24

My name is Heather Francis. I'm a researcher from the University of New South Wales interested in understanding the social problems people with traumatic brain injury face. 

Are you a relative, spouse, close friend or carer of someone with a traumatic brain injury? 

I need your help. I want to learn from you what the main social challenges are for people with TBI, which will enable better understanding of how these problems can be treated. 

Below is a link to a short survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete. As a way of thanking you, you will go into the draw to win one of 3 Coles Myer gift vouchers to the value of $50 each. 

ONLINE: Follow this link to complete the survey

MAIL: Contact us and we will send you a package with some questionnaires for you to fill in. A postage paid envelope will be supplied for you to return the questionnaires. 

If you could complete the survey before 01/11/2014, it would be greatly appreciated. 

It is important that you know that this project has been approved by the Ethics Review Committee (RPAH Zone) of the Sydney Local Health District and will follow the Privacy Act of 1988 – all the information collected from you for the study will be treated confidentially, and only the researchers involved will have access to it.  

If you have any questions or need any help in completing this survey, please feel free to contact our office on ph: 9385 3590 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dr Heather Francis 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Clinical Neuropsychologist (Registrar)

Moving Ahead: Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery
School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, NSW, 2052

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Communication and Swallowing Disorders Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Thursday, 21 August 2014 17:06

Are you interested in helping develop communication and swallowing guidelines for children following traumatic brain injury?

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute is seeking your help. To find out more, read or download their flyer.(PDF, 323 KB)


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.


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