Common causes of ABI

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What is acquired brain injury?

As a general overview, acquired brain injury, or ABI, refers to any injury or damage to the brain that occurs after birth.

This injury or damage can greatly - and permanently - affect the way a person thinks, feels and behaves.

The outcomes and effects of ABI are different for each person and often depend on the cause, nature and severity of the injury. Some effects of brain injury are only experienced in the short term, but many permanently impact on the person’s ability to lead an independent life.

How do you get a brain injury?

Common causes of ABI include accidents - such as motor vehicle crashes, sporting incidents and concussion, and also assaults.

Other causes include stroke, alcohol or substance abuse as well as brain tumour or aneurysm. Brain injury can result in mild concussion, coma or death. Learn more about the causes of brain injury below >

Causes of brain injury >

An invisible disability

ABI is sometimes called the 'invisible' or hidden disability.

This is because the effects of brain injury are not easy to see or they are not recognised as ABI. As a result of this, the difficulties faced by people with ABI are frequently misunderstood or ignored.

The effects of brain injury >

Further information on brain injury

As a first point of contact for people affected by brain injury, BIAT provides the following further information that may assist learning more about brain injury.

Alternatively, you can contact BIAT today via our freecall phone number 1300 242 827, or find further contact details on our contact page.

  • ABI Brochure

    BIAT has produced a downloadable brochure that provides a general overview and information on acquired brain injury.

    Download ABI Brochure (PDF, 1Mb) >
  • Acquired Brain Injury - The Facts

    Acquired Brain Injury: The Facts is a practical guide to understanding and responding to Acquired Brain Injury and behaviours that challenge our understanding.

    View link to publication >