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Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) refers to a physical injury that has occurred to the brain after birth. An ABI can have a long term effect on a person’s physical, sensory and cognitive functioning. 

We acknowledge the following causes of ABI: 

  1. accident or trauma
  2. infection 
  3. stroke 
  4. diseases of the brain 
  5. alcohol or other drugs

 

ABI is one of the most common causes of disability in Australia. It is estimated that more than 57,440 people in Western Australia identify as having an ABI, with the majority being under the age of 65 and potentially needing support. Please see our Research and Statistics page for more information.

Within Western Australia there has been a dramatic increase in head injury admissions to Royal Perth Hospital with a jump of 32.6% between 2009 and 2011. The main cause of this significant increase for trauma in head injury patients was because of vehicle related trauma - 40% in 2010; 47% in 2011. This was followed by falls, 37% in 2010; 32% in 2011, and next most significant group was “struck by object”, 15% in 2010 and 14% in 2011. (RHP, 2010-2011).

Headwest training and education programs can assist by providing appropriate support to all types of organisations including:

  • Not for profit
  • Health personnel 
  • Allied health and support workers 
  • Government departments 
  • Community rehabilitation 
  • Disability services 
  • Courts and Justice

An Introduction to ABI (4 hours)

This training session can be tailored to meet your organisations or groups specific needs. After completion participants should be able to:

  • Explain what is an Acquired Brain Injury is
  • Understand basic brain anatomy
  • Know the causes, prevalence and long term effects of an ABI
  • Understand basic relevant medical terminology


Working with Individuals with an ABI (7 hours)

This training day can be tailored to meet your organisations or groups specific needs. It covers the ‘An Introduction to ABI’ contents and then moves on to work through real life scenarios enabling participants to take away strategies that will assist in the workplace.

After completion participants should be able to:

  • Explain what is an Acquired Brain Injury is
  • Understand basic brain anatomy
  • Know the causes, prevalence and long term effects of an ABI
  • Understand basic relevant medical terminology
  • Understanding challenging behaviours and management strategies
  • Be equipped with ideas and tips for supporting individuals with an ABI


ABI and Challenging Behaviours (4 hours)

The main cause of behavioural changes that follow an acquired brain injury stems from the inability of the person to control their behaviour due to the cognitive effects of their injury. These behaviours can cause stress for those with a brain injury and/or their carers. People are judged by their behaviour and those who act outside the socially accepted boundaries are often excluded.

This half day training covers an Introduction to ABI and Challenging Behaviours.

After completion participants should be able to:

  • Understand ABI’s impact upon challenging behaviour Identify causes of challenging behaviour 
  • Identify challenging behaviour analysis
  • Identify challenging behaviour and communication strategies 
  • Be equipped with possible approaches and strategies for change
  • Develop a behaviour management plan


Additional training available includes:

  • Guide for parents with children with an ABI
  • Professional Development for primary and secondary school teachers
For more information on how we can assist your organisation please call Raelene on (08) 9330 6370 or admin@headwest.asn.au