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  Brain Injury SA News – Dec 2017  
 
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Nahtanha Davey

An Update from
Nahtanha Davey, CEO
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What people are asking about NDIS

What people are asking
about NDIS 
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Brain Injury SA on Film

Brain Injury SA on Film
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Gill Hicks Captivates at IDPwD

Gill Hicks Captivates
at IDPwD
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RTP: Lachlan's Story

RTP: Lachlan's Story
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Centrelink Wait Times

Centrelink Wait Times
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SSAYiT Heads West
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ABI Training Course Returns in 2018

ABI Training Course
Returns in 2018
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Anderson’s Solicitors

Anderson’s Solicitors
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An Update from Nahtanha Davey, CEO

     
 
Nahtanha Davey

We are almost at the end of another year, which has been a significant one for the disability sector – the NDIS has well and truly arrived.

The NDIS has brought tremendous change to the sector but above all it has brought choice and control to people living with disability.

We have worked really hard at Brain Injury SA to be NDIS ready. Anyone living with brain injury who has a NDIS plan or is in the pre-planning for one, can talk to our wonderful team to access Brain Injury SA’s high-quality services.

We know there are more 40,000 South Australians living with brain injury – that is a huge proportion of our population, and we want to ensure all of these people, their families and carers have the support they need.

Brain injury can affect anyone at anytime, and am I so proud of our services, programs and wonderful social groups that help people living with ABI achieve their goals and, importantly, inclusiveness.

I was so excited with more than 70 health and disability sector professionals who joined us earlier this month to hear about our cutting-edge therapy program Rewire. We were joined by leading neurotherapy expert Dr Richard Clark, who is a key member of the Rewire team. If you missed the session and would like more information, give our team at Brain Injury SA a call.

I am pleased to have recently joined a study tour to New South Wales to learn more about the NDIS, gaining invaluable insight from many organisations that support people with disability. I look forward to sharing more from the tour with the Brain Injury SA board and staff over the coming weeks.

I wish you and your loved ones a very safe and happy Christmas and start to 2018.

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Nahtanha Davey
Chief Executive Officer

 
     
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What people are asking about NDIS

     
 

Our office continues to be flooded with enquiries about the NDIS, what it means for them and what it means for the services provided by Brain Injury SA.

The good news is, we are NDIS ready and many of the services that we provide are now registered within the NDIS and you may access them through your NDIS plan.

You might find that some of the terminology we use for our services and programs is slightly different, but rest assured, we are providing the same high quality services, delivered by our skilled team.

The NDIS is new for all of us, and like any major change, it can be a little daunting. We know that many people, particularly within the ABI community, have questions about what it means for them. Our team is available to help you through every step of the way.

One of the most common questions we are hearing is how compensation money might impact on someone’s ability to access NDIS services. This is going to differ for each person, so we recommend that you apply for the services and supports you require, and the NDIS will be able to determine what applies for each case.

NDIS Ready – I support the NDIS

It has been terrific to receive so many plans for existing Brain Injury SA participants, and we are thrilled to be supporting them through their planning process.

Of course, any member of the ABI community is welcome to access our services. Whether it’s therapeutic supports or skills development you need, and regardless of whether you have NDIS plan or would like help with the pre-planning of one, our team is available to help you through.

For more information about the NDIS at Brain Injury SA, you can contact our team at anytime from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 8217 7600 or for country callers 1300 733 049. You can also email us at info@braininjurysa.org.au.

> www.braininjurysa.org.au/ndis

 

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Brain Injury SA on Film

     
 

At Brain Injury SA, we have finished the creation of a suite of videos that showcase the programs and services we provide to people living with ABI – and we are thrilled with the results.

The videos feature some of the inspirational people we support, so that you can hear firsthand the life-changing results of their achievements and about the programs we deliver.

If you have a few spare minutes during your day, we invite you to watch our new videos and see the heartwarming results for yourself.

> WATCH VIDEOS

 

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Gill Hicks Captivates at IDPwD

     
 

We were thrilled to have world-renowned advocate for peace Gill Hicks join us to deliver a captivating speech at this year’s International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) event held in Victoria Square on Friday December 1.

The bleak weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who joined us to hear Gill and celebrate the United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to increase awareness and understanding of people living with disability.

Our sincere thanks to His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC for his inspiring speech, and the Honourable Russell Wortley MLC who represented the Minister for Disabilities.

Our entertainment line-up included the tumbling acrobatics of Lolly Jar Circus, and music by The Sisters of Invention and Carl Williams Junior. Amanda Blair was our very entertaining Master of Ceremonies.

We were joined by dozens of local organisations that showcased the services they provide people with disability. We thank them and our wonderful partners, PQSA, Lifetime Support Authority, and the Institute of Public Administration Australia – our excellent collaboration created an enormously fun and rewarding day for people living with disability.

Images: above – Gill Hicks, world-renowned advocate for peace.
below – Brain Injury SA team in action at IDPwD.

 

 
     
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RTP: Lachlan's Story

     
 
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In October 2013, Lachlan Miller sustained a serious brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, which left him in a coma for six weeks.

Lachlan’s injuries were so severe that following his accident he was unable to walk, dress or feed himself. Although he relearned these tasks, Lachlan continues to impressively improve his spells of concentration and lives a full life, Lachlan continued to struggle socially and to feel the same as others.

In November, Lachlan completed our 10-week RTP program for people aged 26 to 65 that helps people with traumatic brain injury, sustained from motor vehicle accidents or road trauma, to make a healthy adjustment to living with their injury.

He says his participation in RTP has improved his life.

“After the crash I felt different and almost an outsider, however, physically I looked nearly the same as I did before the crash. I struggled immensely mentally to be the same as others,” he said.

“Through the RTP, I made relationships with people who I could understand and who understood me. I have been able to not feel like an outsider knowing there are others with similar injuries who face the same challenges as me.”

“RTP has changed my life by allowing me to chat with people who can help share experiences and stories that improve my own understanding of my injury and the problems that I face.”

“I was able to invite family and close friends to attend the program, which meant they could better understand what I was experiencing and it helped me to reconnect with them – they said they could better support me after being equipped with the knowledge they gained.”

Lachlan now shares his experience and knowledge with the participants of yRTP, a slightly shorter program, designed for people aged 16 to 25.

The RTP programs are generously funded by the Lifetime Support Authority, enabling Brain Injury SA to deliver quality programs at no cost to participants.

Lifetime Support Authority logo

The RTP programs are generously funded by the Lifetime Support Authority, enabling Brain Injury SA to deliver quality programs at no cost to participants.

The RTP programs are run several times through the year, so keep an eye on our website for 2018 dates or give our team a call on 8217 7600.

> www.braininjurysa.org.au/rtp

 

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Centrelink Wait Times

     
 

A significant issue for people that we support continues to be Centrelink wait times regarding a Disability Support Pension (DSP) application.

Brain Injury SA’s Manager Community Programs, Lisa Minervini, said there are some things people can do to help with the process.

“Unfortunately, we have no influence over the application once it has been submitted to Centrelink, but by ensuring we have supplied as much supporting material as possible, it will go a long way to helping the process.”

“It is crucial when we are helping people with their application that they provide us with clear and current evidence of their disability. This might be in the form of medical or neuropsychological reports. This material is needed to help Centrelink to verify each claim.”

“It is really important that people understand that they are never going to be able to avoid wait times altogether – in many cases, it is several months before the application process is finalised.”

If you need support to access Centrelink services or matters including financial, legal or accommodation issues, our Advocate can help you. Give them a call on 8217 7600 or for country callers 1300 733 049.

Image above: Lisa Minervini, Manager Community Programs

 
     
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SSAYiT Heads West

     
 
Graduation Ceremony
SSAYiT

Our successful SSAYiT program is heading to the West of Adelaide, with the latest program about to get underway at The Brocas in St Clair – there are still a few places available for this program and it’s not too late to register and participate.

We would love to hear from anyone aged 15–24 years old living with a disability that impacts on their cognitive function, such as ABI, intellectual or learning disability or autism.

The 10-week program aims to assist young people to understand their needs, consider how employment or life in general may be affected by their disability and help them towards a positive path for achieving their career and/or education goals.

Our SSAYiT team has just finished up two programs in the south of Adelaide – one at Christies Beach High School and the other at Christie Downs Community Centre. We are planning a graduation that will celebrate the success of all of these participants at the end of the year.

We are very proud of all SSAYiT participants – they are incredibly inspiring individuals.

Department of Employment Empowering YOUth Initiative and City of Charles Sturt Logos

Dozens of young people have now successfully gone through the program, and we are super proud that every participant of the first SSAYiT program are either employed, enrolled in TAFE SA or linked with an Employment Service Provider. Some are now sharing their experiences as SSAYiT mentors – a wonderful achievement!

We extend a huge thanks to the good people at the City of Charles Sturt for use of their youth-focussed The Brocas venue, at no cost, for the new program.

SSAYiT is made possible thanks to a Department of Employment Empowering YOUth Initiative grant.

Image: photo above – Graduation Ceremony.
Group photo below (left to right) – Alyssa Tiegler: Outstanding Effort Award recipient and Lisa Minervini: Manager Community Programs.


 

SSAYiT Outstanding Achievement Award
 
     
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ABI Training Course Returns in 2018

     
 
ABI Training – Register Today!

We are thrilled to once again be supporting a four-day training program on rehabilitation following ABI. The program was held early in 2017 and is back by popular demand from 20–23 February 2018 at Flinders University.

The course will study best practice approaches, and participants will learn about and better understand what is necessary to prepare individualised plans with their clients, considering key elements of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Along with Brain Injury SA many organisations are now equipped to provide support and services within the NDIS and this excellent course will help ready participants to support and guide people living with ABI.

The intensive course will feature experts in the area of rehabilitation, including Professor Barry Willer from Buffalo University in the United States, and Libby Callaway, a registered occupational therapist with 23 years experience in the field of neurological rehabilitation in Australia and the United Stated.

Registrations are welcome from practitioners and professionals working in the area of brain injury, as well as family and carers of people living with ABI.

Early bird registration closes on December 22.

> Download the course brochure for more information

If you want to know more about Brain Injury SA and the services we provide within the NDIS, call our team today on 8217 7600 or for country callers 1300 733 049. You can also email us: info@braininjurysa.org.au

 
     
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Anderson’s Solicitors

     
 
Anderson’s Solicitors

Brain Injury SA sponsor, Anderson’s, write about topical issues and relevant changes in the legal world in their LawTalk Blog.

From time to time, we provide a link to an article that might be of interest to Brain Injury SA’s audience. In this edition, we have highlighted their May piece on workers compensation claims for psychological injuries, which may be of interest.

> Worker’s Compensation Lump Sum payments

 

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