Awareness




Raising awareness on all issues relating to Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is a central goal for Headwest. 
 

Systemic Awareness and Advocacy

Headwest can assist by identifying and addressing issues which may concern large groups of people with an ABI, for example we can lobby government to ensure that gaps in services are addressed, or that legislation to protect the rights of people living with an ABI is promoted.

 

If you have an issue related to disability and Acquired Brain Injury that you believe needs to be brought to the attention of the wider community please contact us. 

Community Awareness 

Headwest is available to give presentations and talks at schools and colleges, in order to raise student awareness on how best to reduce the risks of acquiring a brain injury. Our presentations are fun and interactive - please give us a call to find out more.

  
Headwest contact details: Tel: (08) 9330 6370, Freecall: 1800 626 370 or email: admin@headwest.asn.au

Headwest is always willing to (often in conjunction with other organisations) conduct health promotion activities that will contribute to a reduction in the incidence of brain injury. 

Headwest has developed an Ambassador Program where individuals with an ABI work with us to deliver our message through presentations and talks. The presentations include basic brain anatomy and functions, caring for your brain and a talk from an ABI injury survivor (Headwest Ambassador). 

Here are some of the events Headwest are involved with:

 

The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) Program is an injury prevention program that is run at Royal Perth Hospital.

Once a week during the school year, a group of young adults aged 14-18 are invited in to Royal Perth Hospital to learn about trauma. The purpose of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program is to provide useful, relevant information to young people about injury, which will enable the participants to recognise potential injury-producing situations, to make informed prevention-oriented choices and to adopt behaviours and actions that minimise risk. 


Through a variety of teaching techniques including lectures, videos, simulated trauma resuscitation, tours of the Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department and rehabilitation wards, and interaction with injury survivors, students see first-hand what it would be like to be injured.

Please visit the Royal Perth Hospital site for further information: 

 

Safety in Schools Week

Safety in Schools week is organised by Kidsafe WA. Headwest is continuing its involvement in this important and successful program. If you would like Headwest to give a presentation at your school, please dont hesitate to contact us.

 

bstreetsmart, Perth Arena


Each year thousands of students in Year 10, 11 and 12 join the RAC, WA Police, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, St John Ambulance and Royal Perth Hospital to promote the importance of road safety through bstreetsmart.

 

Headwest has been delighted to to provide an interactive display that encouraged young people to be aware of the issues associated with risky driving behaviours. The display consisted of tactile fake brains showing what parts of the brain are damaged after a car crash or Traumatic Brain Injury and the use of FATAL VISION goggles; explaining to students what is happening to their brain and cognitive skills when drinking alcohol. Headwest also had a station where young people could test their knowledge and pour standard drinks, this was to raise awareness of how easy it is to be over the limit after just a few drinks especially with wine & spirits.

The importance of highlighting the impact of risky behaviour cannot be overlooked. According to Royal Perth Hospital Trauma Register Report 2009:

  • young men aged 15-24 were over represented in all trauma incidents
  • 48% of trauma incidents involved motor vehicle accidents
  • 420 individuals were admitted to Royal Perth Hospital in 2009 with head injuries.

Headwest presenter, Jaimen Hudson gave his lived experience talk about the injuries he sustained as a result of a dirt bike accident in 2006 which has resulted in him having a spinal cord injury. Taking centre stage Jaimen explained to the 5,000 plus students how his accident happened, the medical process he is going through and how his life has changed and adjusted since the accident. One student commented “Jaimen was the highlight of the day, it was sad to hear about his accident but his talk was great and really funny.”

Headwest is looking forward to participating in Bstreetsmart 2014!

 

 

Please contact us if you would like support in organising a community activity that will contribute to greater awareness in Acquired Brain Injury.


Tel: (08) 9330 6370, Freecall: 1800 626 370 or email: admin@headwest.asn.au