A little help is all we need...
At the end of last year we launched our Christmas Appeal, Philip’s Story that showed that Brain injury is not something that happens to other people. It could happen to you or someone you love. A road traffic accident, a fall, an assault, an infection or a stroke can all lead to life changing injuries.
Recovering from such an injury and learning how to cope with new circumstances takes patience and determination and a great deal of support from carers and brain injury specialists.
At BrainLink Services we want to be able to help everyone who needs it in 2018 and beyond.
- Imagine what life would be like if no one answered the call when an individual with brain injury or family member needs help and support.
- Imagine there being no information or resources for individuals who have sustained brain injuries.
BrainLink runs the 'BrainLink Community Liaison' program across the neurosurgical wards in 2 major hospitals. It started out as a pilot project funded through philanthropic grants. However, the need for the service is so great that BrainLink has decided to continue on this much need service.
This service is in the hospital setting which has multiple benefits for those recently admitted and treated for acquired brain injuries and for their families or carers. Such an event or situation leading to an acquired brain injury rarely involves an individual in isolation, therefore it is crucial to take account of the needs of the whole family unit or significant others surrounding the individual.
The very nature and shock of dealing with an unexpected event of an acquired brain injury presents unknown and unfamiliar conditions that must be understood and dealt with by a patient, family or carer. Families have informed BrainLink that the earliest possible support has helped them to adapt and come to terms with an acquired brain injury incident and for many it has achieved better long-term outcomes for both the patient and family.
• BrainLink has assisted over 1,200 families and carers since the pilot program.
• 5% of those affected are below the age of 16 years of age.
• 22% reside in regional and rural Victoria.
• Around 10% are younger carers looking after parents.
• Projected intake each year is 500 families and carers.
Whether you choose to give $50, $20 or $2 , every dollar you give will make a difference.
We thank you for your support.