Ageing, Disability & Home Care

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, FACS 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.

The Care and Support Pathways for People with an Acquired Brain Injury - Referral and Service Options in NSW (PDF) was developed by inter-agency partners to assist clients, families and referrers to navigate the service system. The guide provides comprehensive information about the service options for people with an ABI. While this guide is out of date still provides useful information to people with an ABI.

FACS 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

FACS 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

From 1 July 2017 people seeking disability support services need to contact the NDIA at www.ndis.bov.au/about-us or on 1800 800 110.

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. Please note ADHC will not be in operation after 30 June 2018 and these disability supports will be provided through the NDIS.

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