The Brain Injury Association of NSW is the peak advocacy organisation for people affected by acquired brain injury in NSW – including people with acquired brain injury, family members, friends, professionals, and the broader community.
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Think about joining a Support Group!
We are pleased to announce our newly formed association with law firm, Turner Freeman Lawyers. Learn more...
BIA NSW will continue to provide service provider training at numerous venues throughout the state.
We are coming to Armidale in March (11th, 12th, 13th and 14th)!
Get Together - Come and Connect!
A get together for anyone and everyone affected by brain injury
When: Tuesday 11th March 2014 5pm - 7pm
Who: People with acquired brain injury, carers, friends and service providers; as well as interested others.
Where: Armidale Bowling Club - 92-96 Dumaresq Street, Armidale.
Members and Friends Forum
BIA NSW Members and Friends Forum
When: Wednesday 12th March 10am - 4pm
Who: People with acquired brain injury, their carers, family and friends
Where: Armidale Bowling Club - Dangarsleigh Room - Dumaresq Street, Armidale
Service Provider Training
When: Thursday 13th March 9am - 4pm
What: Service Provider Training -Acquired Brain Injury: An Overview followed by ABI & Goal Directed Service Delivery
Where: Armidale Bowling Club - Dangarsleigh Room - Dumaraesq Street, Armidale.
Shhhh. We have a secret!
Block out these dates in your calendar Monday, 7 April 2014 to Thursday, 10 April 2014 and watch this space for more information.
BIA NSW Brokerage Program
Are you living in NSW? Do you have an ABI? Small packages of up to $2,500 are available through the BIA NSW Brokerage Program that can help you meet a goal. See more...
DisabiltyCare Australia "Practical Design Fund" Report on Indigenous ABI
In early 2013, Brain Injury Australia was funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme's (NDIS) Practical Design Fund to develop a culturally appropriate NDIS assessment process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons living with an acquired brain injury (ABI). This project was co-managed by Brain Injury Australia and Synapse (Brain Injury Association of Queensland, Inc.). The research was undertaken by researchers from James Cook University.
A report has now been released and can be downloaded from our Resources page.
BIA NSW Strategic Plan: BIA NSW 2015: Making visible an invisible disability
The BIA NSW draft strategic plan is now available. The BIA NSW Board and Staff have prepared this draft plan, and now invite input from members and other stakeholders. See more....
My Choice Matters
My Choice Matters, the NSW Consumer Development Fund, is an initiative of the New South Wales Government to assist people with disability and family members to prepare for and get the most out of individualised supports, portable funding, and the DisabilityCare Australia. See My Choice Matters for more information, and to sign up for regular newsletters.
Disability Care Australia
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now run by a federal government agency know as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
DisabilityCare Australia (DCA) launched in Newcastle (for NSW) on 1 July 2013.
People who live within the Newcastle Local Government Area who currently receive Ageing Disability & Home Care (ADHC) funded services will be contacted by NDIA. You will then be asked to attend an assessment and planning meeting with NDIA staff. BIA NSW will assist with this process if you wish and can arrange for an advocate to be with you during the assessment and planning process.
Those people who do not receive ADHC services currently should go to https://myaccesschecker.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au/ to see if they are likely to qualify for services.
If you meet the access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme. As a participant, you will be able to access DisabilityCare Australia community linkages and individualised planning processes to identify the reasonable and necessary supports you need to enable you to achieve your goals. You will be given a reference number and you should contact the NDIA office at Charlestown (1800 800 110). BIA NSW will assist with this process if you wish and can arrange for an advocate to be with you during the assessment and planning process.
If you do not meet the access requirements, and you live in a launch site, NDIA may be able to provide you with information about other supports that could be of benefit to you and assist in referral to these supports.
The following is the link to the fact sheet for the Hunter region.
See more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme including Brain Injury Australia's consultation outcomes...
Contact us at BIA NSW if you need help accessing any of this information.