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How TBI caregivers can get the support they need

Caregivers of TBI

Let me tell you the story about Mary and Joe, a couple who have been married for 15 years. Mary, a former project manager, had made an appointment with me because she was concerned about the drastic changes that had occurred in her relationship with Joe since his discharge from the hospital 18 months earlier. She worried that Joe had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when the driver of a dump truck dozed off and struck Joe’s car head-on,


Brain Games for People with TBI: Pros and Cons

Computer brain games can be fun and stimulate the brain, but should be used in conjunction with cognitive rehab — and interacting with people and the world.

Celeste Campbell, PsyD, Dr. Celeste Campbell is a neuropsychologist in the Polytrauma Program at the Washington, DC Veterans Administration Medical Center. She has a long Celeste Campbell PsyD
history of providing cognitive psychotherapy and developing residential behavioral management programs for children and adults. 

My Traumatic Brain Injury… Meet Diego

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.


Calls to better support women with acquired brain injuries caused by domestic violence

Domestic violence support workers are calling for greater recognition and help for the hidden number of women suffering from acquired brain injury after being abused.


The number of children in protection in Australia is rising and support groups say that could be a result of an epidemic of undiagnosed acquired brain injury.

They say with better awareness, diagnosis and therapy, women would not have to suffer the loss of their children as a result of domestic violence injuries.


Adding quality of life back to their previous life pattern.

New TAC home in Lilydale lets residents enjoy better quality of life

LONG-TIME Castella St resident Cherie Cuffe only moved a few doors down to a new unit, but describes the shift as “life-changing”.

TAC home in Lilydale

Ms Cuffe, 43, was the first to move into a group of units specially designed for adult victims of past road trauma.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Holiday Challenges With a Brain Injury

Holiday Challenges With a Brain Injury

We are now in the middle of the holiday season which can challenge those of us with an injured brain.    It is a time when so much more is expected of us than most other times of the year.    We along with our loved ones, friends and caregivers should all remember that it’s best to simplify so we can enjoy things more.     It’s been nearly 9 years since my brain injury and I’m doing much better but I have to remind myself to keep things simple instead of doing  all the things I “should” do, or the things I did before my injury.


Glowing Christmas Tree in Snow

Can you find Happiness with a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Can you find Happiness with a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Some define it as simply “feeling good.” Others describe happiness as being an infinitely more complex, scientifically quantifiable emotion; an equation that includes pleasure, engagement and meaning experienced in both the short and long term. Still others, like Mahatma Ghandi, describe happiness as a state of being where, “What you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”

Happiness can stem from our own actions and sense of purpose.  It may be a seed planted by someone else’s generosity or come from achieving goals or even from viewing a work of art.  Happiness can be elusive and enigmatic for some people, while others seem to know just how and where to find it.   Ultimately, happiness is subjective.  Finding happiness is up to each of us as individuals.

can you have happiness

But what if you’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury?  Is attaining the most basic definition of happiness possible?  Is happiness achievable when you’re no longer the same person you were before your injury? Continue reading

Do you Have a Difficult time with Change?

Author Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA writes

I have my friend. Through my process I have learned some thing that I would like to share with you. I have written an article to share what I gained through my struggle and acceptance of change.

Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to have you around my table. I have been thinking about the topic of acceptance with action. I like the quote, by Mary Engelbreit; ”If you do not like some thing change it. If you can not change it, change the way you think about it.” By considering this quote I am reminded that I have choices in life. I am not a victim. I am empowered by what occurs in my life. I am give the opportunity to consider the possibilities in what is, regardless of whether I may like it or not. Consequently, I no longer have to feel isolated or defeated by what I may not like, as I live my life.


United Brains Presentation Kit

United Brains working with Brain Injury Matters (BIM) has a presentation kit available for all member groups to use as a template.
The kit is an adaptable Power Point presentation that can be printed to distribute to select audiences. It is speaker personalised and is tailored for the audience to be addressed. By audience tailoring we can have relevant presentations to professional and community awareness raising.


In the presentation all ways of acquiring brain injury are shown, from stroke ABI to accident TBI.

Changes in a persons life is shown and can be detailed as required by the presenter.
Email for further information about the Presentation Kit and further instructions for its use.