The Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund (JFM) is calling on people living with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families to help guide a new initiative.
JFM has given funding to Flinders University for an initiative called Families4Families: ABI Support Network. This initiative is working with people living with ABI and their families to research and develop the supports that people will find most helpful. Flinders University is running an Advisory Panel to help the initiative achieve its goals.
JFM is seeking nominations from people interested in taking up two places on the Advisory Panel. Nominees do not need any specific qualifications; just relevant interests, skills and experience. This may include personal or family experience of ABI.
For more information, or to nominate yourself or someone you know, please contact:
Telephone: (08) 8373 8311
Fax: (08) 8373 8373
CLICK HERE to download the Families4Families: ABI Support Network flyer.
Advisory Panel members are eligible to be reimbursed for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.
Brain Injury Network (BINSA) – The Reconnect Transition Program (RTP).
The primary aim of the RTP is to provide help bridge the gap between formal rehabilitation and resuming to home and community living for people with an acquired brain injury. The program is funded by the motor accident commission and is targeted at people who have sustained their injury as a result of some form of road trauma.
Current and past participants have strongly endorsed the value of having the opportunity to come together with others who are adjusting to life after brain injury. The program involves trained mentors who themselves have had to navigate ABI and readjustment into the community who are able to offer great insight to others who are currently experiencing similar issues.
The next RTP group is starting early in 2013 and will run weekly for 2 hours over eight sessions at our city location- currently welcoming referrals.
Topics covered in the course include:
- Living With an Acquired Brain Injury
- Building steps
- Personal Goals
- Personal Strengths
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Moods & Feelings
- emotion and mood management
- Networks & relationships with the community
If you would like any more information about the program please feel free to contact Kelly on 8217 7613 or 1300 733 049 (country callers) or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to referral someone simply complete the attached form and we will be in touch.
The BINSA Reconnect Transition Program (RTP) brings together a small group of individuals with an acquired brain injury (ABI) who are transitioning from formal and intensive rehabilitation to life beyond this.
People with an ABI often have difficulties adjusting back to their day to day life following a rehabilitation program. ABI individuals sometimes find it hard to adapt to changes in physical abilities, energy, mood, concentration and relationships with friends and family.
The RTP aims to help people cope with these changes and with their day to day life.
One of the unique aspects of the RTP is the help of mentors; people who have themselves experienced a brain injury and know firsthand the challenges of recovery and navigating re-engagement in life.
Program sessions include:
- Living with an Acquired Brain Injury
- Challenges and Tips
- Personal Goals and Strengths
- Interpersonal Relationships and communication
- Moods and Feelings
- Self Talk
- Stress Management
- Networks and relationships with the community
The program is free for all participants.
- Tuesdays 10am – 12pm, starting March 6th 2012
- Wednesdays 10am – 12pm, starting March 7th 2012