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Brain Injury Hospital Community Liaison Pilot Program: Final Report

In May 2015 BIAT implemented a 12 month Hospital Community Liaison Program pilot in response to the need for personalised support by people diagnosed with a brain injury and their families in Tasmania. The Program was modelled on the success of the BrainLink Community Liaison Pilot in Victoria.

The Program targeted families who had a loved one admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) neurosurgical environment, to enable the provision of support from the point of patient diagnosis through to post hospital discharge and into community care. 

Families of individuals newly diagnosed with brain injury were provided with emotional support, education about brain injury, and information about, and referrals to, services by a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) who was employed on a part-time basis.  

The program assisted the family members to understand their loved one’s diagnosis and to strengthen their ability to cope with and contribute to the rehabilitation process.

The report outlines the Hospital Community Liaison Program model, the rationale behind it, and the outcomes of the 12 month pilot program, including descriptions of the program participants’ demographic background, and findings from two program evaluations.

Learnings from the pilot and findings from the evaluations point to the overall success of the Hospital Community Liaison Program. 

The overwhelming message was that participants wanted more of the Hospital Community Liaison Program, suggesting the rationale behind the program is sound and what is needed is more funding to reinstate and grow the program.

“The Community Liaison Officer is a multidisciplinary team in one person. Wealth of information on brain injury. There just needs to be an army of her.” (Program participant)

BIAT would like to thank the individuals, families, and health professionals who participated in the Hospital Community Liaison Program Pilot and generously shared their experiences in the evaluation interviews and surveys.

BIAT also acknowledges and sincerely thanks the Tasmanian Community Fund for providing the funding for the pilot Program. 

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Understanding The Relationship Between Family Violence And Brain Injury

This report and research, conducted by BIAT, presents a summary of the key issues surrounding the complex relationship between brain injury and family violence in Australia, and outlines the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania’s (BIAT) position statement on family violence and brain injury.

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ABI Community Liaison Officer - Interim Report

The Interim Report from BIAT, around the work of the Community Liaison Officer (CLO). The role of the Community Liaison Officer is to provide support to family and carers...

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BIAT wishes to share the following links that are to relevant and specific on either a local, national or international level and may be of assistance to those affected by ABI.

TABIS provide access to responsive and innovative rehabilitative support options to those with an acquired brain injury in Northern Tasmania.

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The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tas Inc. (ATDC) is the peak body representing the interests of community sector organisations (CSOs) that provide services to people with substance misuse issues in Tasmania. 

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BIAT wishes to share the following links that are to relevant and specific on either a local, national or international level and may be of assistance to those affected by ABI.

Moving Ahead Centre of Research Excellence

The Moving Ahead Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Brain Recovery is the first centre worldwide to take a multidisciplinary, multisite approach to addressing the rehabilitation of individuals following TBI.

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Head West

Headwest is a not for profit organisation set up to give help and support to people with an ABI.

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Brain Injury Network of South Australia

BINSA is now recognised and funded as the peak body in South Australia for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI), and those who care for them. It engages with people with an ABI and their families, service providers, ABI specialists, and people and agencies that are interested in the impact of ABI in South Australia.

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Brain Link

BrainLink Services is a Victorian based service that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people affected by acquired disorders of the brain. Learn more about BrainLink in this section.

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Synapse Website

Nation wide Synapse seeks to focus both government and public support to realise funding for the development of highly specialist services in the areas of accommodation, education and training.

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The following resources and publications may be helpful in providing information and strategies for clients, family members, individuals with ABI and other professionals.

Bridge Magazine - 022

Author: 
Synapse
Date Updated: 
April 24, 2017

022 - Bridge Magazine - Stroke edition (2017). Bridge is the twice yearly magazine produced by Synapse, who are dedicated to improving the quality of life of people living with and affected by brain injury.

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ABI: The Facts

Author: 
Synapse
Date Updated: 
August 17, 2017

A primary resource and good starting point for further information on acquired brain injury.

ABI: The Facts is a publication by Synapse that provides a comprehensive overview of brain injury and is a "practical guide to understanding and responding to Acquired Brain Injury and behaviours that challenge our understanding".

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Bridge Magazine - 018

Author: 
Synapse
Date Updated: 
January 1, 2016

"A brain disorder can impact on communication abilities in many ways. In this edition of Bridge we look at some of the common issues with communication, as well as practical strategies to help address them".

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BIA Policy Paper: Concussion in Sport

Author: 
Brain Injury Australia
Date Updated: 
January 1, 2016

The campaign will be built around Brain Injury Australia’s trademarked "Five Rs" of concussion for the purposes of community education: “Recognise the injury; Removal from play; Referral to a doctor; Rest and then Return to play”.

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Ella's Story

In the lead up to Brain Injury Awareness Week 2017, BIAT, in conjunction with Domin8 Designs, produced a video with Ella, a sixteen year old Tasmanian girl, and her mum, Traci-Jean, about the changes to their lives after Ella was hit in the head with a hockey ball 14 months earlier.

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Alf's Story

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.

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BIAT Discussion Panel Videos

On the 3rd November, the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania (www.biat.org.au) held a discussion panel focusing on "the intersection between brain injury and family violence". In line with it's community awareness raising aspirations, BIAT is pleased to share some recordings of the panel. Click to view the full series.

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BIAT Awareness Raising Video

BIAT is proud to share their latest awareness raising video. The video raises awareness around a consideration to acquired brain injury (ABI) that often occurs after it is too late. It also challenges the public misconception that it requires a significant event, such as a car crash, that leads to an ABI. You can play the video in the player.

BIAT has a key role in raising community awareness of acquired brain injury from both a prevention perspective and increasing people's understanding of the impact a brain injury can have on a person's life. This video clip was developed to highlight that a brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere.

BIAT thank Domin8 Designs for the work done in developing the video based on the requirements of the brief.

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