Our current RTP program finishes on September 30, and is in week 9, supporting people with TBI to adjust to life with brain injury after road trauma.
It’s a Psychologist facilitated course and provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the brain, how to optimise recovery, and to connect with other people who have a shared experience of brain injury.
Running for 10 weeks, every Friday from 10.30am – 12noon, it is free to attend with the support of the Lifetime Support Authority for people aged 25+ with TBI as a result of road trauma.
📞 If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to register interest for our next program, contact BISA 8217 7600.
Meet Physiotherapist Alex Arthur, who joined the Brain Injury SA Rewire team in 2019.
Alex specialises in neurological rehabilitation, with a particular interest in rural, remote and Indigenous health and is looking forward to deepening his engagement in regional service delivery as we work to increase services into more regional and remote areas of South Australia.
As Alex says “…helping participants achieve their goals is the most rewarding aspect of my position and building great friendships and rapport with participants along their journey is an added bonus.’’
Learn more about the allied health team at BISA via https://braininjurysa.org.au/bisa-info/about-us/staff-directory/ (Via link in bio).
As we come out of Winter, we’d like to acknowledge how tough this season can be in the brain injury community, made even tougher by another rough winter with all the virus’ circulating!
For people with brain injury, social isolation is often part of the challenges of day to day life. As the impact of their injury often means previous activities are no longer enjoyable or possible, people can become increasingly isolated from friendship groups, loved ones and the community generally.
It’s why at BISA our community activities are such an important part of our how we support people with brain injury every week.
🧠 Try our Catch-up mornings North, South or Central for coffee and chats with likeminded people or even activities like our Bowling (Northern REWIRE Hub) or Dance Groups (Central REWIRE Hub).
We’re here to help you EMBRACE LIFE after brain injury. Want to find out more? Get in touch via link! 👇
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Have you seen our Brain Injury Awareness Week Event video yet? It's live for all to view on Youtube now, so please head along and watch and share. It features a keynote from Johnny Ruffo and some wonderful panel guests sharing their stories of lived experience of ABI.
Check it out via the link in our profile. 📹 🧠
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In the area of brain injury, Physiotherapy plays a very important role in rehabilitation, working with techniques that support motor skills and acknowledging the incredible power of our brain to rewire!
Meet Eliza Kavanagh 🧠 Eliza is a Psychologist at BISA and works out of our Central Rewire Hub.
Prior to this Eliza had a background in advocacy and case management roles, working with adolescents and adults in both the disability and education sector. She has also worked in research, tertiary education, and health promotion roles with the intention to build wellbeing at a larger scale. Her current research is focusing on chronic pain in young people in conjunction with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
She is passionate about working alongside her clients and ‘…using evidence-based interventions that can more holistically address difficult life problems, with particular interest in the mind-body connection.’
Highlights from our Brain Injury Awareness Week launch event is now live on YouTube. Please watch and share with others who would benefit from watching. Including a welcome from our Director of Rewire, Psychologist Ed Weaver, the wonderful keynote from Johnny Ruffo and stories from our panel of guests with lived experience of ABI.
📽️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVFdQtHXvVE (Link in bio).
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We know that providing care and support for someone with an ABI can be vital in helping them to adjust to life after an injury and to manage everyday life. We also know that this can sometimes leave you feeling isolated and struggling to process your own feelings and emotions.
If you would like an opportunity to meet with other people who are going through similar experiences, then join us for a program called Be Well Co!
📅 Starting on Thursday September 15th and running over five weeks the first program will be delivered from our Central Rewire Hub, in Light Square, from 3-5pm.
Then following programs will be delivered from our Southern Rewire hub starting in late October and our Northern Rewire Hub in early 2023 and a fourth cohort will be offered online for those who are unable to travel/attend in person.
By the end of the Be Well Plan you will have had the opportunity to learn about and try a range of evidenced based activities to support your wellbeing, resilience and mental health and have the opportunity to share experiences with people who understand the complexities of being a carer.
You will walk away with a personalised plan to help you to be your best possible self and ensure you can continue to care for your loved one. We'd love you to join us!
For more information or to register for Be Well Plan please phone on 8217 7600 or email email@example.com And if you know someone who could benefit from this program, please tag them in those post! 👇
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What would a world look like if it was truly understanding of ABI? Here are some of the key points our Psychologist, Ed Weaver, covered in his welcome at our launch event for Brain Injury Awareness Week on Monday;
🧠 People no longer assuming that because you have difficulty speaking, that you are somehow less intelligent. Or that you need someone to speak for you.
🧠 Not being discriminated against when it comes to finding work and being ruled out for jobs because the employer has no idea what having brain injury means, and immediately assumes the worst.
🧠 Better designed and more accessible venues, shops, workplaces and homes, not just physical accessibility, but for sensory and other needs as well.
🧠 Helping friends to provide better support to a mate with ABI... making it less likely that the friend drops out of the picture all together, which unfortunately happens all the time.
🧠 More support workers understanding how to go about helping someone with an ABI without making them helpless – by doing things with them as much as possible, rather than for them, so that they build independence.
🧠 Better understanding in schools, accommodation facilities and other places that people with behavioural issues, due to say, frontal lobe damage, need the right supportive strategies, not punishment.
🧠 Better understanding of the power of neuroplasticity, so people and families are no longer told after an injury all the things that they WON'T do.
And more. Let's all build a world more understanding of brain injury!
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At this weeks Brain Injury Awareness Week Launch we announced the winner of our 'Embrace Life after Brain Injury' recipient.
As always, it was wonderful to see the number of nominations we received for the Award. The stories and the achievements of those nominated were remarkable which made the final selection a difficult task as always.
Big congratulations to our winner, Sophie Clelland, who has demonstrated enormous courage, strength and resilience following the diagnosis of a brain tumor.
Undergoing multiple brain surgeries meant many areas of Sophies young life were put on hold, including her education. Showing great determination, she has focussed on rebuilding her capacity and setting goals for herself.
Sophie recently re-engaged with her education through an Adult Learning Facility with a goal of completing her SACE certificate. Then to decrease her social isolation, she became involved with All Abilities Dance where she is in the POMS Cheer Squad. She has even been selected to go to Queensland to be part of competitions in November!
In addition to all of the above, Sophie is also a Young Carer for her mother and has recently achieved another goal of obtaining her drivers licence so that she can further support her mother and transport her to appointments.
Nominated by Carers SA, her worker commented that “her positive attitude towards life and the hardships of life is admirable”. Her involvement in the Young Carer Program at Carers SA has seen her actively engage in building social connections and building long term friendships.
The selection committee was incredibly impressed with her courage, determination and positive attitude, including at the age of just 19 and whilst fighting significant health battles, lovingly devoting herself to a caring role for her Mum.
Big congratulations again Sophie! 🧠💙💜
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This weeks Brain Injury Awareness Week Launch event was a wonderful morning celebrating our community and hearing, firsthand, stories of living with brain injury. Big thanks to our presenting Partner the Lifetime Support Authority and our Gold Sponsor Anderson’s Solicitors for their support, to Emma Rebellato for another year of brilliant hosting, to Johnny Ruffo for sharing his inspiring story of living with a brain tumour and our panel guests for showing us that brain injury truly can look different for everyone. 💜💙🧠
Thanks also extended to Minister Nat Cook for her closing address and big congratulations to our 'Embrace Life After Brain Injury' Award Winner, Sophie Clelland. More on her story later this week!
This week is all about building a world more understanding of brain injury and we're happy to say every year there is more movement, although as a lot of people in our community will tell, we still have an awfully long way to go. But everyone involved on Monday have been a big part of changing that!
📷: with thanks @cathleophoto