Brain injury rehab service opens in the south

Going through the motions: Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade is shown rehabilitation exercises.
Going through the motions: Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade is shown rehabilitation exercises.

Southern Adelaide residents with brain injuries will now have access to a new rehab service which opened on Tuesday, July 9.

The service which is operated by Brain Injury SA in conjunction with the Flinders University will be undertaken at Flinders University's Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program on Alexander Kelly Drive.

The program which is titled Rewire was previously only available in the city, the opening of the new service will give patients access to a range of health professionals including speech pathologists, psychologists, physiotherapists and more.

Associate Professor Chris Brebner, Dean of Education at Flinders University's College of Nursing and health Sciences said the expansion of our BISA collaboration to the southern suburbs provides more opportunities to continue excellence in specialist services for people living with brain injury and neurological conditions.

"It also enhances the opportunities for exchanging knowledge and ideas between our University and the disability service sector, which will potentially support future research," he said.

Acquired Brain Injury refers to the multiple disabilities that follow damage to the brain after birth, which result in deteriorated cognitive, physical, emotional or independent functioning. Causes include accidents, stroke, brain tumours, infection, poisoning and more.

Liz Forsyth, CEO of BISA said the understanding of how the brain can change and rewire is growing all the time. For example, previously it was thought that the adult brain was 'hard-wired' with limited capacity for change, but we now know this is not the case - however recovery does take time and the right inputs.

"The Rewire program uses evidence-based therapy techniques to drive neuroplastic change and demand is expanding under the NDIS, but it's vital these services are accessible. Getting to the city is often just not possible for people managing disability who also have family and other commitments."