Quita Docking (right) pictured with best friend Cody Hollingsworth before her accident. (Supplied: Gladys Docking)
It’s the silent, unspoken killer amongst us, striking from nowhere, changing everything in a single heartbeat.
The rugby tackle that was too high. A joyride gone awry. An accident on the farm. Simply running out of luck.
Acquired brain injury is the leading killer of people under 45 years in Australia. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Recent research indicates that the adult brain can show experience-dependent recovery of neural circuits. This finding has three important implications, as follows:
- A lack of use and stimulation of the brain, may prevent experience-dependent recovery.
- People may develop secondary or additional social, cognitive and behavioural disabilities.
- Depression and other emotional disorders.
There are five common forms of recovery and adjustment following a brain injury FIND OUT MORE HERE
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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