Website and Resources Links
Australian Brain Injury Websites and Resources
Brain Injury Australia is the peak acquired brain injury (ABI) advocacy body representing, through its State and Territory Member Organisations, the needs of people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers. It works at a national level to ensure that all people living with acquired brain injury have access to the supports and resources they need to optimise their social and economic participation in the community http://www.bia.net.au/
Synapse (formerly the Brain Injury Association of Queensland) is a peak disability organisation which promotes brain injury awareness and coordinates a range of services in Queensland. Now located in West End, Synapse has a library you can access all over the state and regular newsletters. They also have a large number of fact sheets on various ABI topics that can be accessed online. For further information, please phone (07) 3137 7400 in Brisbane or free call 1800 67 3074 if you are outside Brisbane.
ABI Staff Training Information is a website developed by Paul Bullen, Management Alternatives Pty Ltd in close collaboration with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Directorate, Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW Health; the NSW Department of Community Services: Ageing Disability and Home Care; the Liverpool Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit; the Acquired Brain Injury Services NSW Inc (previously Wareemba Community Living); and the Brain Injury Association of NSW. The site has been funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services : Ageing Disability and Home Care. The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Directorate, a clinical network of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation provided project management. This site is for helping people to learn about working with people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and it contains 2 self study modules.
Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit - Sydney Based Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program for adults. Has a good range of fact sheets on the website.
South West Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service - Albury (Rural NSW) based Rehabilitation Service. To assess fact sheets please contact (02) 6041 9902 (Albury) or Freecall 1800 637040 or access the Synapse website
For more information about the service please see http://synapse.org.au/support-services/client-services/new-south-wales-services/nsw-service-directory/brain-injury-units/south-west-brain-injury-rehab-service.aspx
The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania (BIAT) - is a non-government, state-wide, not-for-profit organisation that has a range of members. BIAT is a member of the national body for brain injury, Brain Injury Australia (BIA) - and while based in Hobart, BIAT aims to provide its services to all regions of Tasmania. Their website has some links to publications, resources and servcies that may be of assistance http://www.biat.org.au/understanding-abi-what-is-abi
Head Injured Society of Western Australia - is an advocacy, referral, information and community education based organisation.
Brain Link, previously Headway Victoria - comprehensive information section including resources which you can download.
Acquired Brain Injury Service - a Victorian service which specialises in alcohol related brain injury
The National Stroke Foundation (NSF) - is a not-for-profit organisation that works with government, health professionals, patients, carers and consumers on minimising the impact of stroke on the Australian community. http://www.strokefoundation.com.au
The Brain Foundation - was established by members of the Australian Association of Neurologists and the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia - has some good information on stroke and tumours.
Cancer Council - provides a range of fact sheets and newsletters on brain and spinal tumours. Also run support groups and education days. Ph 13 1120
Brain Injury Association of America has a large website with lots of information for adults, children, carers and professionals. There are a range of books and resources for sale and an extensive resource links section. http://www.biausa.org/brain-injury-community.htm
The Stroke Network - is a world wide internet based support and information service. You can chat online, receive newsletters and ask advice.
The Society for Neuroscience is a not for profit membership organisation of scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system. They have a valuable educational resource titled "Brain Facts " which is designed for the general public as an introduction to neuroscience and is a suitable resource for both High School aged students and Adults.
Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation centre for people with traumatic brain injury which specialises in drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation.
Headway, UK - support and information service for those living in the United Kingdom.
Centre for Neuroskills - is a rehabilitation program in the US, but the website contains a few articles, fact sheets and books for sale that may be of interest.
Connect, The communication disability network - Based in the UK, Connect is a charity for people living with aphasia, a communication disability which usually occurs after stroke. Aphasia is sometimes known as dysphasia and it can also be caused by brain injury or tumour. They have a number of resources and offer Communication Partner training and important tips for communication with someone who has aphasia
Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc are the largest producers of information on Brain Injury http://www.lapublishing.com/
The Australian Government Carer Gateway offers information, support and links to services for anyone who is a Carer for someone with a disability
Carers QLD - a support and information service for carers of adults and children with a disability. Has great Carer Information packs on anything from respite, through to finances and developing a home safety plan. Carer Resource Centre Phone: 1800 242 636, or for Brisbane callers: 3843 1938.
Epilepsy Queensland - Since 1969, Epilepsy Queensland Inc has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy and their carers/families through advocacy, research, support and information.
The No Interest Loans Scheme provides interest-free loans for individuals or families on low income. It’s a community-based program that enables people to access fair, safe and equitable credit for the purchase of goods and services. NILS is generally for the purchase of essential household items like a fridge, washing machine, TV, bed or clothes dryer. NILS may also be provided to meet other essential needs like health aids or education costs. NILS is not for emergency relief, bond or rent money, living expenses or debt repayment.
Medical Benefits Scheme - Primary Care Items (Formerly the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program) - People with chronic medical conditions and complex care needs managed by their GP under a Chronic Disease Management plan may be eligible for a number of allied health services each calendar year. Contact Medicare on 132 011 or visit the website for more information http://www.health.gov.au/mbsprimarycareitems
The Recovery Injury Research Centre (Research Driving Rehabilitation) formerly known as CONROD (Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine)
Queensland Community Care Services (QCCS) - community care provides basic support from 1 to 5 hours per week for people under the age of 65. Contact the Community Access Point on 1800 600 300 for assistance
Please also see the Service Availability Register for services available in Queensland
Australian Governments My Aged Care services provide support services for people over the age of 65. Contact the My Aged Care Information Line on 1800 200 422 or visit the website for information, services and organising an assessment
Department of Commumities, Disability and Community Care Services (formerly DSQ) - is the Qld Government Department which provides funding for a range of services for children and adults with disabilities.Central office Phone (07) 1800 177 120
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet - http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/ . The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is a national innovative internet resource that is a 'one-stop info-shop' for people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. It makes published, unpublished and specially-developed material about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health freely available to everyone to enhance their knowledge and skills. The Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service has been involved in research and development of resources specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and has publications and resources referenced on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/related-issues/injury/publications/specific-topics/other-injuries
Beyond Blue - provides a national focus on depression its impact through the provision of information, resources and support http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx or contact their information line Ph. 1300 22 4636
All about Depression is a website that aims to provide accurate, current, and relevant information about clinical depression to the public http://www.allaboutdepression.com/. They also have a section dedicated to resources on relaxation that provides some online relaxation exercises including audio clips for download.
The Melbourne Mindfulness and Stillmind Counselling Centre website also contains a number of relaxation and mindfulness exercises that can be downloaded for free.
Community Wellness at MIT Medical also has a website with free downloads to assist people with issues in the areas of poor sleep, stress, relaxation and mindfulness.
Lifeline - charity based counselling service (telephone and face to face) who provide support and referral to range of organisations.
Kids Helpline - free 24 hour telephone and online counselling for young people 5-18 years and have a good resource database and activities section. http://www.kidshelp.com.au/ They have recently redeveloped their site to include a 'Grownup's' section with the broader community in mind http://www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/. This section also includes a search for local services section http://www.kidshelp.com.au/online/search-for-a-service.php.
Kids Count - helpful, easy to understand parenting information translated into 16 different languages http://www.kidscount.com.au
Bravehearts website - a resource for parenting http://www.bravehearts.org.au/services/have-children-in-your-care/education-programs/
Australian Childhood Foundation - Every Child is Important Program initiatives including seminars and information on parenting http://www.childhood.org.au
Life Tec Queensland - Equipment Information, education and advisory resource service to assist families and professionals in choosing the right piece of equipment including wheelchairs, hoists, computer technology and personal care items. You can visit them and try out all the devices or call on the advice of Occupational Therapists who staff the centre, which is located in Newmarket, Monday to Friday.
Phone: (07) 3552 9000 or 1300-885-886
Ability Technology - is a Sydney based computer and technology service (Assessment, sales and advice) for people with special needs.
Phone: (02) 9907 9736
QLD TAFE disability support information - TAFE offers a variety of supports (in class help to counsellors) to help you choose a course and complete it.
TAFE Queensland Brisbane: http://tafebrisbane.edu.au/current-students/student-support/disability-services/
TAFE - Skill Tech: http://tafeskillstech.edu.au/current-students/student-support/disability-services/
Creating Accessible Teaching and Support (CATS) Web resource - provides information to assist staff in higher education to better teach and support students with disability http://www.adcet.edu.au/cats
Sunshine Coast Community Directory - Great resources for the entire Sunshine Coast. Alternatively contact My Community Directory Phone: 1300 762 515
Transport Department of QLD - Issue licences, registration for your car and disability parking stickers to make it easier to park for those that have limited mobility. TransInfo gives information about public transport. Phone: 13 12 30
http://www.transport.qld.gov.au/ or http://www.qld.gov.au/services/
Relationships Australia - Offers counselling (individual or group) on a range of subjects including relationships, parenting, and violence and gambling. The website has some interesting wisdoms on a range of relationship matters. Phone: 1300 364 277.
Mensheds Australia - help connect men with their communities and mainstream society providing support in relation to mens health, isolation, loneliness and depression http://www.mensheds.com.au/Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: - Provides insight into variations in the cultural understanding of traumatic brain injury and other mental health disorders. Helps you find resources translated into various different languages. http://www.mhima.org.au/resources-and-information/Translated-information/translated-mental-health-information-MMHA
Life Supports Counselling Service have counselling services for a number of issues https://lifesupportscounselling.com.au/
Reclink - rebuilding lives through sport and arts http://www.reclink.org/
The Bladderbowel website has links to the application for assistance throught the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) http://www.bladderbowel.gov.au/caps/application.htm
Epilepsy Association - provide information and support to individuals and the community about epilepsy.
Anglicare - provides a range of crisis and longer term services for people in need.
Phone: 13 26 22
Better Relationships - provides counselling and family support in Woolloongabba, Brisbane with a focus of multicultural services. Phone: 1300 114 397
Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) is the regulatory authority responsible for the ongoing management of the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) scheme in Queensland. Forms and info to assist you in making a CTP (personal injury) claim.
QLD Law society - can help you find a solicitor - eg an accredited personal injury solicitor.
Public Trustee of QLD - provides services including administration of deceased estates, providing financial management for people with a disability and giving aid in any legal proceedings by or against a disadvantaged person.
The Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal (QCAT) began its operations on 1 December 2009 amalgamating 23 jurisdictions into one tribunal, providing a single gateway through which the community can access justice. http://www.qcat.qld.gov.au
One of the jurisdictions of QCAT is in the area of declaring an adult’s decision making capacity and appointing a responsible adult to make some or all personal and health care decisions for the adult, ensuring their rights are protected. Adult guardianship matters were previously dealt with by the Guardianship and Administrative Tribunal. http://www.qcat.qld.gov.au/matter-types/guardianship-for-adults-matters
The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - research collaboration between MAIC and QUT to look accident/injury prevention with a particular interest in youth and risk taking behaviour.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau - has all the statistics and policies for reducing the rate of accidents on our roads.
Think First Foundation - a US website for the prevention of injuries including brain and spinal injuries. http://www.thinkfirst.org/
Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment - (ASSBI) has a national conference every year
The Recovery Injury Research Centre (Research Driving Rehabilitation) formerly known as CONROD (Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine)
Centre for Outcome Management in Brain Injury (COMBI) online resource for those needing detailed information in regards to outcome measures for brain injuries
Case Management Society of Australia (CMSA)
Cochrane Collaboration - produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence.
The International Brain Injury Associaton (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injury. Brain Injury Journal is the official research journal of IBIA.
OT Australia (Occupational Therapy)
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Australian Psychological Society
Australian Association of Social Workers
Speech Pathology Australia
Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Neurosciences for Kids http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html
Dialogue for Kids http://idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids
Living with a Brain Injury http://www.biausa.org/living-with-brain-injury.htm
Brain Pop https://www.brainpop.com/
Australian Site - Focus Education http://www.focuseducation.com.au
CyberSmart Kids Online http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/