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Brain Injury Awareness Week Event 2023

August 21, 2023 @ 9:30 am12:00 pm

BIAW Event – 21 August 2023! My Journey: No two brain injuries are the same. No two journeys are the same.

Sold Out BIAW Event – Now Available on YouTube!

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Join us to hear from a diverse range of speakers as they share their own journeys with acquired brain injury (ABI).

My Journey: No two brain injuries are the same. No two journeys are the same. Tickets Open! Attend In-Person or via Live Stream YouTube.

Damian DeWit: Guest Speaker for Brain Injury Awareness Week Event 2023We have a fascinating and inspiring morning planned for everyone.

Guest Speakers

Damian DeWit

In 2005, Damian was a young man, with a big dream and a determination to build a successful career for himself – whilst finding love and having kids.

One day that all changed when Damian’s car windshield was struck by a rock became the target of a rock throwing incident, where a person driving an oncoming car threw a rock out of their window, straight into the window of his. This high-profile incident resulted in Damian acquiring a traumatic brain injury, the impact of which he has lived with since.

Spending his early moments of recovery in Hamstead and in denial with a sense of non-belief that he had this injury; Damian persevered through therapy, multiple surgeries, and his own grief at how the incident had changed his life, to strengthen family connections, regain employment, find hope, and become a father to his adored son.

Damian credits his stoicism to his sense of humour, his family’s support, and his overall determination to move on with living his life – without vengeance.

Join us for a conversation with Damian, who will speak about his accident, the aftermath, his recovery and his journey of self-discovery across the last 20 years.

John Platten: Guest Speaker for Brain Injury Awareness Week Event 2023John Platten

My journey – football, family and the long-term impact of concussion.

John loved to play football, starting at the young age of 6, and moving into playing for both SANFL and AFL football clubs across 18 years. Across his football career, John suffered more than 30 concussions, ranging in severity and in immediate impact. John joins us at Brain Injury Awareness Week to talk about his life, his experience and memories of concussion during his career, and the long-term impact it is now having on his everyday life.

Event will also include the Announcement of Brain Injury SA’s Embrace Life After Brain Injury Award.

Who should attend this Event:

Anyone with a lived-experience of ABI, families, supporters, businesses – plus anyone interested in learning more and hearing about the lives of people with an ABI.

Together we can build a world more understanding of brain injury.
We look forward to connecting with you on August 21!

Register Today

Brain Injury Awareness Week Event 2023: Download A4 InviteDate: Monday, 21 August 2023
Time: 9:30am – 12pm (Australian Central Standard Time)
Refreshments provided: please advise of any dietary or modified food/fluid texture requirements upon registration.
Cost: Free Event
Attend this Event: In-Person or via Live Stream

Registration is essential.

Attend In-Person: SOLD OUT

Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) – North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000. Riverbank Room 7 & 8 (Lower Level). – Get Directions

Register: Attend In-Person


Watch via YouTube – on the day, a link with be emailed to you.

Register: Live Stream

Help Us Promote!

Please help us to build a world more understanding of brain injury by promoting this event! You can download, print and distribute our BIAW Event Invite + A3 Poster, send our EDM to a Friend, or Share on Social Media. We appreciate the support.

Download A4 Invite PDF
Download A3 Poster PDF
Send to a Friend – Forward our EDM invite to someone you know
Share on Social Media – Facebook

If you’d like to support us by becoming an Event Sponsor, please reach out to Cassie, Manager – Brand and Marketing.

We are hugely grateful for the support!

All supporter logo links below are external links outside of the Brain Injury SA website.

Presenting Partner: The Lifetime Support Authority


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Event Sponsors: Interact Australia, Medimart, Mellor Olsson Lawyers and Brain x Body Fitness Studio: a service of The Hospital Research Foundation Group.


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Medimart logo: Healthcare Equipment Specialists


Mellor Olsson Lawyers – logo

Brain x Body Fitness Studio: a service of The Hospital Research Foundation Group – logo


Getting to BIAW Event: On the Day

Attend In-Person:

Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) –
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000
Riverbank Room 7 & 8 (Lower Level)

> Get Directions [Link to Google Maps]

> Car Parking: Closet parking in ACC is “Riverbank Car Park” [download pdf]


Finding the Event on the Day:

Directional signage will help with wayfinding on the day. Brain Injury SA Staff & Students plus the Adelaide Convention Centre Team will also be available to assist with directions too.


2023 Brain Injury SA Award – Nominations Closed

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Week (BIAW): Nominations are now open for Brain Injury SA’s Embrace Life After Brain Injury Award.

The winner will be announced during Brain Injury SA’s launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week. Nominations close 7 August 2023.

Nominate Someone Today


August 21, 2023
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Event Categories:


Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia
View Venue Website


Brain Injury SA
08 8217 7600 or Country Callers 1300 733 049
View Organiser Website