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1 Nick Rushworth Executive Officer Brain Injury Australia Broadest -minded Leadership: Scouting for Acquired Brain Injury SCOUTS AUSTRALIA SPECIAL NEEDS-DISABILITIES CONFERENCE, SYDNEY, MAY 2009

2 …peak of peaks BIA member organisations members

3 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, A Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Brain Injury Australia works to ensure that all people living with an ABI have access to supports and resources each person requires to optimise their social and economic participation. …advocacy for Australian Government program allocations and policies that reflect the needs and priorities of people with an ABI and their families. …the provision of effective and timely input into policy, legislation and program development through active contact with Australian Government ministers, parliamentary representatives, Australian Government departments and agencies, and national disability organisations.

4 Nick Rushworth Executive Officer Brain Injury Australia Its never just about the numbers, but… Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY (ABI) any damage to the brain that occurs after birth stroke brain infection alcohol or other drug abuse neurological diseases like Huntington's disease accident or trauma

5 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Topics of Discussion State the main ideas youll be talking about Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) results from external force applied to the head from a motor vehicle accident, a fall or an assault

6 Nick Rushworth Executive Officer Brain Injury Australia Its never just about the numbers, but… Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Over 500,000 Australians have an Acquired Brain Injury 3 out every 4 of them are aged less than 65, and half of them between 15 and 34 years of age

7 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, As many as 2 out of every 3 acquired their brain injury before they turned out every 4 are men, boys. Around 25,000 are children (aged 0-14 years).

8 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, What This Means Add a strong statement that summarizes how you feel or think about this topic Summarize key points you want your audience to remember Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, PHYSICAL headaches fatigue seizures poor balance and coordination vision and hearing disturbance chronic pain paralysis

9 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Next Steps Summarize any actions required of your audience Summarize any follow up action items required of you Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, What This Means Add a strong statement that summarizes how you feel or think about this topic Summarize key points you want your audience to remember Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, COGNITIVE DISABILITY poor memory and concentration reduced ability - to learn - to plan and - to solve problems

10 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, BEHAVIOUR increased irritability poor impulse control verbal and physical aggression

11 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, in 4 reported 4 or more disability groups, compared with 1 in 18 of all people with disability 1 in 3 people with an ABI reported 5 or more health conditions, compared with about 1 in 8 of all people with disability 9 out every 10 children who identified as having an ABI had severe or profound core activity limitations 10 times more common than spinal cord injury and produces, on average, 3 times the level of disability Only 10,219 of them accessed Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA)-funded services in

12 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, prime of life men, boys low socio-economic status poor housing low workforce participation poor levels of education large family size histories of abuse and neglect marital breakdown parental alcohol or other drug abuse mental illness

13 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, BENEFIT? understanding re-integrating identity acceptance restructuring

14 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, BENEFIT? combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) addiction recovery vision impairment "delinquent" youth mental illness people with learning difficulties personal development with corporate groups "you get to do things you can't otherwise try" I looked at other people and how they coped. I could see they were satisfied. Ive probably learned to be satisfied with what Ive got

15 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, (MUTUAL) BENEFIT? projection of a positive - and modern - community message positive publicity, media exposure increased revenue/ donation potential re-invigorate/energise your service enhance leadership skills, instruction techniques fidelity to vision, mission

16 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, …some starting points avoid participation in strenuous physical activity or contact sports for months after Acquired Brain Injury all sport and recreation except high risk of further trauma to the head participation safer by wearing helmets and other protective gear medical clearance not generally necessary use existing policies and guidelines such as pre-exercise screening and medical history forms use existing policies or guidelines to manage related medical conditions, such as epilepsy

17 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, …no two are the same, but take the time to learn about the person and their abilities seek guidance from those who know the person best work within the persons physical and mental activity levels identify and anticipate problems that may occur as a result of injury put a limit on the choice of activities vary the physical and mental demands of activities repetition is the key program rest periods

18 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, provide assistance to help with memory provide feedback on behaviour and performance, both good and bad be consistent with times, dates, venues and staff be consistent with instruction and instruction technique be consistent with setting standards of acceptable behaviour keep the environment as simple as possible demonstrate the activity structured activity

19 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM, Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/3/2014 Brain Injury Network of South Australia AGM,


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