Did you know 25th – 31st October is Occupational Therapy Week?
This year’s theme is participation, inclusion and independence and celebrates the role OTs play in supporting people of all abilities to engage in activities they find meaningful.
Our team of OTs at Brain Injury SA have a wide variety of experience and can work with you and your family to help to achieve your goals and adjust to changes in your life roles post injury.
This might be through:
🧠 Providing equipment that can help you to be independent in everyday tasks
🧠 Modifying your home to help you access all areas safely
🧠 Supporting you with upper limb function
🧠 Looking at volunteer and paid employment roles
🧠 Helping you to manage rest and sleep
🧠 Helping you with memory issues or with planning
🧠 Helping you manage your parenting responsibilities
Keep an eye on social media this week to hear about some of our success stories!
Our REWIRE program has been designed to support you to do just this.
Operating from our 3 Rewire Hubs, Central, North and South, the approach we take is simple;
first, we get to know you and your family, learn about your injury, and understand what you want to achieve.
Then, we work WITH YOU to design a tailored therapy program matching your unique goals and circumstances.
After that you access our team of allied health professionals such as Physio's, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Dietitians and more and attend sessions with them at one of our REWIRE Hub's, or from the comfort of your home.
Whatever works best for you! 💜💙
Find out more by calling us on (08) 8217 7600 or heading to link in our profile.
This week is National Carers Week, so it seems fitting we check in with these incredibly important people in our community. It's a whole week dedicated to recognising, celebrating and raising awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring oles.
Tell us in comments who you care for or who cares for you! Let’s send out the love! ❤️
RTP starts next week running - from Wednesday 13th October, for 10 weekly sessions. 🧠
RTP is offered, at no cost, to people who have a TBI as a result of a road trauma incident.
Run in a supportive group environment the program provides an opportunity for people to share and explore their experiences, gain further knowledge about TBI, work through their individual challenges and put plans in place for the future.
It also draws upon the guidance of trained mentors who themselves have experienced the challenges a TBI can present and covers a range of topics, including;
✖️learning more about the brain ✖️common challenges after TBI
✖️health and wellbeing
✖️changes in relationships
We’d love to have you join us! Any questions please get in touch on 8217 7600 and ask for Eliza or email email@example.com
🧠 This Wednesday come and join Locky Miller for a special BISE (Brain Injury Support and Education) Group on Gardening!
When it comes to healthy activities, gardening is right up there. It gets us moving, puts us in touch with nature, and all in all is a very rewarding way to spend our time.
@gardeningwithlocky is an avid gardener and has lived experience of brain injury. He will be talking about the benefits of gardening for the brain and mental health, sharing tips for successful gardening, and giving a planting demonstration where you can get your hands dirty!
☕️Tea and coffee will be a provided and there is also a café on site. Come and join for a fun and inspiring morning!
When: Wednesday Oct 6th from 10.30am - 12.30pm
Where: The Joinery community garden, 111 Franklin St in the city
How to register: Bookings are essential. Email Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8217 7600
At our recent Brain Injury Awareness Week event we announced the ‘Embrace Life After Brain Injury’ Award.
With so many worthy nominations it made the final selection very difficult - it was wonderful to read the stories and incredible achievements from everyone nominated. The final winner was a person who demonstrated enormous courage, determination and resilience through some extremely challenging circumstances.
Big congratulations to our 2021 winner of Embrace Life after Brain Injury, June Wright.
Acquiring a brain injury at the age of 17 following a vicious assault that she was lucky to survive, June defied the expectations of doctors and returned home to live with her family - where she worked hard on her rehabilitation and adjusted to her new life. With the ongoing support from her devoted family, she continues to make progress some 30 years after her injury.
Most recently her goal was to live independently of her family, achieved last year with a move into supported accommodation.
With the support of her family and staff from Orana - together they have created a beautiful home and garden for her.
The selection committee was impressed with her continued determination and positivity after living 30 years with a brain injury and by the power of her whole support team pulling - in the same direction to ensure she meets her goals.
Nominations are now open for the International Day of People with Disability South Australia Awards!
Do you know a person living with disability who deserves an award for outstanding personal achievement or a volunteer, therapist or support person who has provided an outstanding service in the past year?
📍Nominations close October 4th, Winners announced on IDPWD Friday, December 3rd.
There are 3 award categories for nominations;
⭐️ Outstanding Person with Disability Award 2021
Awarded to an individual living with disability who has accomplished specific and important goals in their own personal journey during the past year.
⭐️ Outstanding Volunteer Award 2021
This award will recognise a volunteer who has made a significant, tangible and extraordinary contribution to people living with disability during the past year.
⭐️ Outstanding Service or Support Award 2021
This award will recognise a worker who has made a significant, tangible and extraordinary contribution to people living with disability during the past year.
Meet Counsellor Yvonne Griffiths, who has recently joined our team at Brain Injury SA.
Yvonnes passion as a Counsellor is in supporting people to grow and thrive in their life journey. As she notes ‘We all have an inherent 'inner sense of knowing' that we may have become disconnected from through life's challenges.’ Reconnecting with self is an important part of how she supports people.
With an emphasis on Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, she aims to help each individual re-author their story to enrich their lives and bring about peace and wellbeing.
With personal life experience that led to study in a range of therapies, Yvonne has a broad range of skills that enable her to support each individuals path, with the deep understanding that every journey is unique.
Please feel free to pop in and say hello if you are visiting our City Hub, her door is always open, or get in touch on 8217 7600 to discuss how Yvonne’s services could support you.