In a partnership between concussion awareness and education platform Stopconcussions Foundation and Brain Injury Australia, Australia will play host to North America’s finest ice hockey players – including representatives from the National Hockey League (NHL), widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world – when USA takes on Canada in the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic in June.
Spinal Cord injuries Australia – “providing consumer based support to people with physical disabilities” – has launched its NeuroMoves exercise program in Sydney, targeting people with neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease or cerebral palsy.
The Stroke Association of Victoria (SAV) has opened the Barwon Support Centre in Geelong, Victoria, as part of SAV’s Life After Stroke Pathway, to provide people with stroke and their carers access to information and peer support services they need to participate in the community. This Centre is a feature of SAV’s strategy to establish new “stroke centres” in each health region, with integration to local health providers. A focus of SAV’s activities is to attract people older than 18 but younger than 65 with first-time stroke (“young strokes”) to use support services and participate in the community.
The Summer Foundation – whose focus is changing human service policy and practice related to young people in nursing homes – will run a professional development lecture series on brain injury rehabilitation. Formerly run by the Victorian Brain Injury Recovery Association (VBIRA), the lectures will provide the latest information from research and clinical practice.
Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) can affect as many as 2 in every 5 people who don’t make a full recovery within 3 months of their injury. Common symptoms include headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and depression. Little is known about the causes of PCS and there are no evidence-based treatments. To help close this knowledge gap, a new study surveyed 285 patients of a Canadian hospital.
The second of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) quarterly reports to the Council of Australian Governments on “Transition” to the full Scheme reveals that just over 2,000 people with a brain injury, out of a total of 61,000 participants, have an “approved plan”. This is an addition of 980 people with a brain injury, out of 23,500, in the last quarter of 2016.
With constant advances in technology, there is a range of disability converted vehicles available in today’s market. From cars with ramps, hoists and lifters to facilitate getting in and out of the vehicle, right through to sophisticated hand and foot controls to assist drivers with limited mobility. There are many solutions available to cater to a wide range of needs.
Most traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) range from mild to severe, with over half of mild TBIs occurring in adults of working age (between 16-64 years). Although people with mild TBI who return to work within 2-3 months of their injury are more satisfied with life and are happier in general, a new study investigated if mild TBI affects return to work in the long-term, and how.
Brain injury in the military is usually associated with physical trauma, including trauma sustained from blasts or blunt forces to the head. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to these causes is so common among deployed veterans of recent conflicts, that TBI has been called a “signature injury” of modern war, alongside post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Having a safe and secure home where you are in control of your environment is widely regarded as a foundation of individual wellbeing and successful inclusion in community life. Prior to discharge from hospital, people with brain injury may need to make changes to their homes to enable them to move around safely and to have sense of control over their living environment. Home modifications are, by definition, a customised response to an individual and his or her requirements within the home. Given the diversity of brain injuries, the full range of home modification options apply to brain injury, as discussed below.