‘How to’ return to work
Road traffic accidents, falls, and strokes can all cause acquired brain injury (ABI). But it is increasingly recognised that Covid-19 can also cause a range of neurological issues. Image: Shutterstock
Returning to work following an acquired brain injury (ABI) should not be rushed and requires delicate planning around the survivor, their job role and the work environment.
Common forms of ABI include traumatic brain injury (often from road traffic accidents, falls or assaults), and stroke
The myth of “a phased return to work after brain injury or stroke is similar to other health conditions”.
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It has been almost ten years since traumatic brain injury (TBI) crashed into our lives, changing our family forever. People always ask, “How is your son Paul doing now? How are you, your husband, the other kids? How has your family survived?” I usually give my polite, standard answer: “Oh…thanks for asking, we’re all doing fine. And you?” But the reality is — unless you have experienced the loss, the heartache, and the ripple effects that brain injury can inflict — TO READ WHAT THE REALITY IS CLICK HERE
The force of the impact was incredible. Glass shattered around me, raining down everywhere. The sickening, crunching sound of metal was deafening and I felt myself spinning.
I saw the taillights in front of me disappear and then the headlights of the cars that were behind me were heading at me; and so nit continued. I was spinning forever, it seemed. I was saying a silent prayer. I was wishing blessings on my family and friends because I knew I was about to die. There was no pain, I was surprised. That would come later, I was to learn. It was amazing just how many thoughts went through my head in that seemingly very small amount of time. The noise stopped and the spinning stopped. It was quiet; too quiet. My thoughts were thrust into darkness, and then they drifted to a simpler time, one filled with comforting memories of a lifetime of striving for the ultimate goal of Olympic gold. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Alfred Health’s Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre opened at Caulfield Hospital in September 2014 and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) has been there every step of the way to support new research that promises to advance care for patients, like 29-year-old Diego Mercado.
The driving forces behind rehabilitation research at the Centre are researchers like Associate Professor Natasha Lannin, from La Trobe University and Alfred Health, and staff at the Centre such as Katrina Neave, Nurse Manager. Their desire to make interventions for people with Acquired Brain Injury even better, allowing many more people to resume the activities they did before they had the injury. This is inspirational research and both say their motivation comes from the patients who will benefit from the research. Patients like Diego Mercado.
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