About The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania
The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania (BIAT) is a non-government, state-wide, not-for-profit organisation working for people with acquired brain injury (ABI), their families and other stakeholders. BIAT has a range of members.
BIAT plays a key role in activities that contribute to a community that is more informed about acquired brain injury and has a strong focus on the area of advocacy with an emphasis on representation and support of the acquired brain injury (ABI) sector.
While the BIAT office is based in Hobart, BIAT provides services to all regions of Tasmania.
BIAT receives re-current funding from the Department of Communities (Disability and Community Services). Upon application, BIAT also receives annual funding from the Motor Accident Insurance Board Injury Prevention and Management Foundation. Other regular sources of income include membership fees, fee for service (such as professional training) and donations.
Following the merger of two organisations in mid-1997, the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania (BIAT) was formed as the peak body in Tasmania to monitor and support the long-term needs of people living with or affected by acquired brain injury (ABI).
BIAT's mission is to:
- Promote awareness and understanding of the impact of acquired brain injury (ABI) to families, communities, and service providers through training, education and resources;
- Advocate to address systemic issues which impact on people living with or affected by brain injury.
BIAT's objectives are to:
- Position the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania as an effective, relevant peak body in the eyes of government, industry service providers and the general public;
- Actively facilitate the ongoing development of a service system that is responsive to the needs of people with acquired brain injury;
- Advocate to influence outcomes in public policy to ensure optimal results for people living with or affected by ABI;
- Ensure people providing services to people living with or affected by brain injury have access to the information and training they require to work effectively;
- Promote community awareness and understanding of acquired brain injury, in terms of both prevention and the impact of ABI on the lives of individuals, families and the broader community; and
- Build an effective, sustainable organisation including the need to diversify our funding base and secure operational funding that is commensurate with agreed strategic objectives;