“National survey data suggest that about 50 to 60 per cent of Australian women drink in pregnancy.” In the latest in series of articles co-commissioned by Brain Injury Australia for Australian Doctor – “Australia’s leading independent medical publication”, read weekly by 35,000 General Practitioners – authors Associate Professor Carmela Pestell from the University of Western Australia and Dr. James Fitzpatrick, Director of PATCHES Paediatrics write “alcohol is a teratogen [any agent that interferes with normal embryonic development] and causes damage to the fetal central nervous system and other organ systems.”
During 2017, there will be more than 55,000 new and recurrent strokes (where blood supply to the brain is stopped by a clot or bleeding) in Australia, according to the National Stroke Foundation. As many as 90 per cent of strokes are ischaemic – caused by a blood clot – and as many as 65 per cent of those classified as “minor”, sometimes termed a “mini stroke” or transient ischaemic attack. A recent “Perspective” article in the Medical Journal of Australia argues that, in contrast to patients who sustain a more severe stroke, “patients who have a minor stroke are likely to be discharged home early, often with limited referrals to services beyond their general practitioner.
Brain Injury Australia, again in partnership with Informa Australia, is pleased to announce the 5th Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference, to be held on the 24th and 25th of October 2017, at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne. Brain Injury Australia is the chief non-financial sponsor of the Conference and its Executive Officer, Nick Rushworth, will chair the conference. The Conference now welcomes submissions of papers that will address key strategies for managing the changing needs of people with a brain injury, including innovative models of care and support.
Brain Injury Australia has been asked by the Victorian Government to provide a quote to “fund research into the prevalence of acquired brain injury among family violence victims and perpetrators” – Recommendation 171 of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. (“Prevalence” is the number of people in a given area at a specific time with a particular characteristic – in the case of this research, the current proportion of Victorian victims and perpetrators of family violence with a brain injury.) Brain Injury Australia has put together a consortium comprising Monash University, Domestic Violence Victoria, No To Violence (incorporating the Men’s Referral Service) and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.
In a partnership between concussion awareness and education platform Stopconcussions Foundation and Brain Injury Australia, Australia will once again host North America’s finest ice hockey players – including representatives from the National Hockey League (NHL), considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world – when the USA takes on Canada in the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic in Sydney this Saturday June 17 at Qudos Bank Arena and next Saturday June 24th at Hisense Arena in Melbourne. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
Brain Injury Australia’s Executive Officer, Nick Rushworth and Director, Richard McKinnon met recently with Dr. Kerry Chant – NSW’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. Adeline Hodgkinson – Clinical Director of NSW’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Directorate, and other senior members of NSW Ministry of Health staff to recommend an urgent, statewide, specialist health service response to post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and “mild” traumatic brain injury (mTBI) be implemented alongside linkages from primary care and General Practitioner education.
In 2007, leaving a pub after an argument, Rosanna Robertson’s then boyfriend pulled a gun and shot her point blank in the back of the head. After a week in an induced coma, three months in hospital, and six months of rehabilitation in the Brain Injury Unit at Royal Rehab Rosanna’s made a remarkable recovery. She shares her story with Ray Martin, pictured above and below, on “Dark Secrets: Australia’s Hidden Shame” which aired May 28th on the PRIME7 network throughout regional Australia.
In 2007, leaving a pub after an argument, Rosanna Robertson’s then boyfriend pulled a gun and shot her point blank in the back of the head. After a week in an induced coma, three months in hospital, and six months of rehabilitation in the Brain Injury Unit at Royal Rehab Rosanna’s made a remarkable recovery. She shares her story with Ray Martin, pictured, on “Dark Secrets: Australia’s Hidden Shame” which airs this Sunday 28th May at 8.30pm, on the PRIME7 network in regional Australia. “And it’s been media attention like this that’s helped make the Australian community aware that as many as two women are killed each week as the result of family violence,” says Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia.
“The 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consensus statement is designed to build on the principles outlined in the previous statements 1–4 and to develop further conceptual understanding of sport-related concussion (SRC) using an expert consensus-based approach. This document is developed for physicians and healthcare providers who are involved in athlete care, whether at a recreational, elite or professional level.”