National Brain Injury Awareness Week is a weeklong campaign that aims to raise awareness of acquired brain injury (ABI) in the community.

Brain injury is defined as a loss of brain function that can be caused by accident, trauma, stroke, brain infection, drugs, alcohol or disease.

The term acquired brain injury (ABI) is used to describe all types of brain injury that occur after birth. The effects can be temporary or permanent and range from mild injury to very severe. Brain injury is often called the 'hidden' or 'invisible' disability because its effects are not easy to see and the person may outwardly appear to be unaffected.

The theme for 2016 is Young Stroke.

While the median age for stroke in Australia is around 75 years, did you know that one in every four occurs in a person aged less than 65. 
In comparison to older people, young strokes take longer to seek medical attention, are less likey to receive rehabilitation and have more unmet needs in relation to psychosocial functioning and returning to work.

Event Details

A free Stroke Education and Awareness workshop, including a presentation by young stroke survivor Elisha Deegan.

This workshop is open to members of the community, families, carers, consumers and community organisations.

Date: Tuesday 16th August
Venue: TABIS, 288 Invermay Road MOWBRAY
Time: 11:00am 
Further Information: (03) 6326 2022


As a part of 2016 National Brain Injury Awareness Week, BIAT worked with local media and design business Domin8 Designs to produce a short video with Alf, a Tasmanian with an acquired brain injury (ABI), to hear about his story and lived experience.