Watch the Replay – Now Available on YouTube. Sold Out BIAW Event!
Join us to hear from a diverse range of speakers as they share their own journeys with acquired brain injury (ABI).
We have a fascinating and inspiring morning planned for everyone.
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.
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!
Brain Injury Awareness Week (BIAW) Gallery
Please share with us what you’ve been working on, and what could be displayed in a gallery at the Brain Injury Awareness Week launch event on 21 August 2023.
Register your Interest to participant in Brain Injury Awareness Week Gallery today. We’d love to hear from you!
- Date: 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).
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Live Stream: TICKETS OPEN
Watch via YouTube – on the day, a link with be emailed to you.
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.
BIAW Lunch & Learn Series
Join us online via Teams during Brain Injury Awareness Week for our Lunch & Learn Series:
- What is the National Assistance Card?
Tuesday, 22 August
- What is an Acquired Brain Injury?
Wednesday, 23 August
- Supporting Open Employment: by Jigsaw & Allianz
Thursday, 24 August