Community awareness and education

National Brain Injury Awareness Week

20th - 26th August 2018

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.

National brain injury awareness week seeks to change this by giving brain injury a voice.

In 2018, BIAT worked with local video creator Domin8 Media (Domin8 Designs) to develop "Nick's Story". It's a short movie hearing from 2018 BIAT life member Nick Baily, where he shares his life with brain injury and his involvement with BIAT.

BIA Week Events in 2018

The Tasmanian launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week 2018 AND the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania’s 20th birthday celebration.

When: 10:00am on Monday 20th of August
Where: ABC Centre, 1 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Cost: Free

Please join us as we launch Brain Injury Awareness Week in Tasmania and help us celebrate 20 years of supporting Tasmanians impacted by brain injury.  

As part of the event we will also be awarding three life memberships.

We would be delighted if you could join us afterwards for tea, coffee, cake and a chat.

Please RSVP to or 6230 9800 by 17th of August

A Panel Discussion: Parenting after brain injury – implications for child safety and family violence services.

When: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start on Monday 20th of August
Where: ABC Centre, 1 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Cost: Free

You are invited to join panel members:
Ms Ginna Webster (Secretary, Department of Communities)
Dr Janine Martin (Neuro Psychologist)
Dr Ron Frey (Adjunct Senior Researcher, TILES, UTAS)
Dr Julian Watchorn (A/CEO Foster Care & Kinship Association);

to consider the issue of parenting after brain injury and its implications for child safety and family violence services.

Parenting - regularly cited as one of the hardest jobs on the planet, yet often considered one of the most valued roles within society. For people with acquired brain injury (ABI) facing cognitive, physical, communication, behaviour and psychological challenges, parenting can present complex challenges.

Facilitated by ABC Radio Presenter, Sarah Gillman, this panel will explore some of those challenges and look at the ripple effects of parental brain injury in the context of child safety and family violence services.

Join us for light refreshments at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

Please RSVP to or 6230 9800 by 17th of August

At both these events there will be the opportunity to purchase copies of Paul Pritchard's 20th anniversary edition of his fabulous book 'The Totem Pole' ($35 - cash preferred).

An afternoon with Eva Sifis

When: 2:00pm – 4.30pm on Thursday 23rd of August
Where: HOPES Inc., Hopkins Street, Moonah
Cost: Free  

Eva sustained a severe ABI in 1999 after being hit by a car.  She developed ByAccident to share with others, tools and strategies she has sourced throughout her journey for building “A New You.”  

Light Refreshments supplied
Further information and bookings (essential) contact:HOPES, Inc.  6274 1883 or

Previously for BIA Week

BIA Week 2017

“During Brain Injury Awareness Week 2017 we introduced you to Ella, a young Tasmanian who has been impacted by brain injury. ‘Ella’s Story’ features sixteen year old Ella and her mum Traci-Jean who talk about their lives after Ella sustained a brain injury playing hockey in 2016.”