January 18, 2019
Our birthday was also an opportunity to recognise the significant contribution three people have made to brain injury awareness in Tasmania, with honorary life memberships awarded to Nick Baily, Alfred Archer, and Mark Lamont.
Nick Baily was awarded honorary life membership for his commitment to the Association reflected by his length of membership, and ongoing representation of people living with brain injury in Tasmania.
Nick discusses his personal experience of brain injury and his involvement with BIAT in a short video - http://www.biat.org.au/link-categories/videos - produced by Domin8 Media and launched during National Brain Injury Awareness Week. BIAT is grateful to Nick for sharing his story; in doing so he continues to raise awareness of brain injury across Tasmania and Australia.
Alfred Archer was awarded honorary life membership for his exceptional contribution to brain injury education and awareness programs over the past 20 years.
Alf has generously shared his lived experience of brain injury with countless young Tasmanians over the years through co-presentation of Brain Injury Association of Tasmania’s education programs 'Custody for Life', 'Heads Up 2 Brain Injury', and the ‘After the Crash’ session of the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) Program.
The emphasis of each of these programs is on brain injury prevention - giving young people insight into living with brain injury so they can make informed choices and good decisions when they are out and about in Tasmania and the wider world. With young people aged between 15-24 years old making up over 40% of people who sustain a brain injury each year, the need for these programs is clear.
Outgoing Committee of Management member Mark Lamont was awarded honorary life membership for his significant contribution as a Committee of Management member, and for his commitment to delivering brain injury training programs in Tasmania.
BIAT offers a range of brain injury information and training options (find out more here); we are currently in discussions with potential trainers to ensure the continuation of this much sought-after professional development program. Watch this space!
Researchers at the University of Tasmania invite individuals with or without an acquired brain injury (ABI) to participate in a study about ABI and social cognition - how people process, store, and apply information about other people and social situations.View Article >
Calls for better concussion protection guidelines for community football players - Read this important ABC News Story, featuring interviews with Tasmanian teenager Holly Radburn, AFL Tasmania CEO, Damian Gill, and BIAT EO, Deborah Byrne.View Article >
Peer Support Meetings are being held in Hobart (13 April), Launceston (19 April) and Ulverstone (20 April). New Members welcome!View Article >