Brain Injury Awareness Week (BIAW) is held annually during the 3rd week of August. For 2016 BIAW will be August 15th- 21st and we would love you to get involved! Please call Raelene on 08 9330 6370 to find out more.
Here are some of the BIAW events from 2015:
BIAW commenced with the Launch being held at
the South of Perth Yacht Club. Three guest speakers; Dr Sudhakar Rao, Brain
Injury Awareness Ambassador and State Director of Trauma Royal Perth Hospital, Ms
Claire Eaton, ROC Teen Workshop Facilitator and Brain Injury Awareness Week
Young Ambassador Elias Koutsoukos all provided the guests with an informative
BIAW commenced with the Launch being held at the South of Perth Yacht Club. Three guest speakers; Dr Sudhakar Rao, Brain Injury Awareness Ambassador and State Director of Trauma Royal Perth Hospital, Ms Claire Eaton, ROC Teen Workshop Facilitator and Brain Injury Awareness Week Young Ambassador Elias Koutsoukos all provided the guests with an informative presentation.
Elias gave an insight into his lived experience of a traumatic brain injury. Ally Molony a Year 10 student from Santa Maria College completed her service hours with Headwest during BIAW, Ally commented; “I really enjoyed listening to the guest speakers and in particular the 16 year old telling his own story, the pain he was in, that he was only 13 years old. It made it so real, especially because I am also 16. You always think things like that happen to other people, but it could happen to me, my best friend, or anyone, which makes this injury more real and horrifying”.
Elias giving his compelling TBI story at BIAW Launch
Claire Eaton Roc Teen Coordinator, Tracy Foulds Headwest CEO and Dr Sudhakar Rao BIAW Ambassador, State Director of Trauma RPH
Other events and activities included:
Look After Your Brain It’s the Only One You’ve Got – Wear a Helmet: an incursion presented to the students at Booragoon Primary School.
Interactive Hospital Displays: Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gardner Hospital and Armadale Hospital.
Family and friends afternoon tea at Marangaroo, Brightwater.
BIAW finished with a Free Family Community Day on Saturday 22nd August at the Fremantle Town Hall. What a fantastic day, we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day! Main Event Hire arrived early and put up the marque out the front of the Town Hall, Fremantle Rotary members arrived and the BBQs began sizzling. The Rotarians cooked up a storm and provided a free sausage in a roll to the people of Fremantle.
Charisse Parnell and her talented group of dancers from The Dance Collective gave a stunning flash mob performance, showing our community what a healthy brain can do and invited the community to follow them inside the Town Hall for healthy brain activities. These included awesome Circus WA workshops, the beautiful voices of the Spirits of the Street Choir, lots of healthy brain information and activities.
The Dance Collective dancing with healthy brains
Headwest's concussion goggle activities
The Spirit of the Streets Choir
Circus WA perfoming!
Headwest would like to acknowledge the following supporters whom have contributed to make Brain Injury Awareness Week possible.