Acquired Brain Injury
People with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) may require a range of supports to be able to live in the community. ABI can include brain injury resulting from head trauma, stroke, hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain), infection (e.g. encephalitis), brain tumour and brain damage from drug and/or alcohol misuse.
In July 2008, ADHC signed an Interagency Agreement with NSW Health, Housing NSW and Lifetime Care and Support Authority to improve access to services for people with an ABI.
A new guide called the Care and Support Pathways for People with an Acquired Brain Injury - Referral and Service Options in NSW (PDF) has been developed by inter-agency partners to assist clients, families and referrers to navigate the service system. The guide also provides comprehensive information about the service options for people with an ABI that are provided by all of the partner agencies.
ADHC funds a number of non-government organisations to provide information and referral, case management and brokerage for specialised interventions, in-home and accommodation support and community participation for people with an ABI.
ABI Information and Training Resource
ADHC has developed a web-based information and training resource about ABI. It is aimed at staff who work with people who have ABI; however, it also includes comprehensive and helpful information for clients, families and carers. To find the ABI information and training resource go to www.abistafftraining.info.
For more information
You can obtain information and services by contacting FACS at your local district who can advise you on services for people with ABI.
In addition, the Care and Support Pathways for People with an Acquired Brain Injury - Referral and Service Options in NSW (PDF) provides comprehensive information about the service options for people with an ABI provided by ADHC, NSW Health, Housing NSW, Lifetime Care and Support Authority and Corrective Services NSW. Services listed can be contacted directly using the information shown in the document.