- Acquired Brain Injury An introduction for people new to brain injury
- What is acquired brain injury? Understanding the essence of acquired brain injury
- Causes of acquired brain injury The many possible causes of brain injury
- Injury, effects and impacts Injuries to the brain have effects in the brain that lead to impacts in people's lives
- Rehabilitation The rehabilitation process from injury to living in the community
- People with ABI People's experiences of having acquired brain injury
- Attendant care challenges Challenges for people with brain injury getting attendant care
People with ABI
Eight video stories of people with ABI
There are 8 video stories. They range in viewing time from 3 minutes to 11 minutes. Each is a stand alone short story.
1. Jonathan (11 mins)
Jonathan was hit by a car when he was 12 years old. He had a severe traumatic brain injury. At the time of the injury he had a very poor prognosis -unlikely to regain any previous function. He had extensive rehabilitation. He is now in his mid 20's living with his family. He is learning to drive and has several part time jobs.
2. Ian (9.5 mins)
Ian was an electrician. He has two children. He had a stroke while at work about 20 years ago. He is now in his 50s'. He has spasticity down the right side of his body and memory and speech problems. He now lives by himself in supported accommodation. His parents are also an important support.
3. Gabby (3.5 mins)
Gabby worked in workers compensation. She was a tri-athlete. She is in her mid 30s. She was training on her bike for her first iron man triathlon and was hit by a car 10 months ago. She has optical, memory and concentration issues. She lives with her parents.
4. Ray (5 mins)
Ray had a heart attack in a fun run and suffered hypoxic brain injury. He was in his mid 40s. He is now 50. He has returned to work and driving. He has some cognitive impairments. He was married. He now lives by himself.
5. Gabrielle (11 mins)
About two and a half years ago Gabrielle went to a beach party and then back to her friend's unit. She fell over a balcony railing onto a concrete garage roof four floors below. She was in a Brain Injury Unit for about 7 months. She is 18, living at home and finishing Year 12.
6. Scott (5 mins)
Four and a half years ago at the age of 25 Scott suffered an hypoxic brain injury. He had an extremely severe brain injury. He has severe mobility and communication problems. His muscles have atrophied. He is now confined to a wheelchair and has 24 hour support.
7. Andrew (4 mins)
Andrew is in his 40s. He was a pedestrian in a car accident about five years ago. He had a partner. He has children. He has cognitive and behaviour issues. He now lives in supported accommodation with 24 hour support.
8. Wazza (10 mins)
Wazza was in a car accident about 30 years ago. He was in hospital for a number of years. He has mobility and memory problems. He can't walk for long periods. He now lives in supported accommodation with another person who also has a brain injury. He gives talks in the community to educate people about the impact of driving offences causing accidents.