The Brain Injury Association of NSW is the peak advocacy organisation for people affected by brain injury in NSW – including people with brain injury, family members, friends, professionals, and the broader community.
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Member Update: BIA NSW Annual General Meeting
3 December 2014 - Heritage Centre, Parramatta
BIA NSW has an elected Board of nine members. This year we have two members retiring at the 2014 AGM, and a vacancy following resignation of one member during the year. At the 2014 AGM, three Board positions will be declared vacant.
All current members are eligible to nominate for Board membership. The term is for three years, from the 2014 AGM until the 2017 AGM.
If we receive more than three nominations, we will have an election to allow members to choose which three nominees will join the Board.
Nominations for all positions close at 5pm on Tuesday 4 November 2014.
|Board Member Statement of Skills 2014||Board Member Nomination Form 2014||
(Contained in Schedule 1)
Do you want to become a leader in your community? Do you want to learn a new skill? Do you just want some information?
My Leadership Matters is a leadership training program for people with disability and family members. Learning new skills and knowledge, whilst sharing and learning with others, participants will be challenged to reflect, grow and create change, and take charge of their own life. Do you want to take more control of your own life? Do you want to become a leader in your community? Apply to take part in the My Leadership Matters Program! My Leadership Matters will run in 12 regions across NSW over the next 18 months and aims to develop180 new leaders who will go on to inspire and change their communities. My Choice Matters provide the support people need to take part in the program such as transport, AUSLAN interpreters, alternative formats, personal care and learning support.
Run Projects can support you to develop more skills so you can exercise more choice, voice and control in your life. My Choice Matters can assist you to make an application, can provide funding (up to $5,000) to make your project happen, and can provide guidance or support while you are running your project. Reach out to Run Projects today.
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 National Disability Insurance Scheme. See My Choice Matters for more information, and to sign up for regular newsletters. Check out the My Choice Matters What's On page for details of upcoming information workshops.
This year's theme for Brain Injury Awareness Week was assault-related traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as "king hits"/ "coward punches", and "alcohol-fuelled violence".
Brain Injury Australia has compiled a backgrounder of some key research and statistics relating to this year's theme, and issued a Brain Injury Awareness Week MEDIA RELEASE. DOWNLOAD BACKGROUNDER or see our Resources page.
We are pleased to be officially sponsored by law firm, Turner Freeman Lawyers. Turner Freeman Lawyers is a highly specialised national law firm, with offices throughout New South Wales. They have a long history and exemplary track record of achieving maximum results for ordinary people and their families. Turner Freeman acts on a "no win, no fee" basis in negligence cases. They offer home and hospital visits and an obligation-free consultation. Staff at Turner Freeman have undergone in house training in brain injury awareness.
If you would like advice on your legal rights, contact Sally Gleeson, Partner at Turner Freeman Lawyers on 02 8833 2500 or toll free 1800 800 088.
You can also ask a question online - CLICK LOGO at right.
BIA NSW Brokerage Program
Are you living in NSW? Do you have a brain injury? Small packages of up to $2,500 are available through the BIA NSW Brokerage Program that can help you meet a goal. See more...
National Disability Insurance Scheme's "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 a brain injury. 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....
National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now run by a federal government agency known as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The National Disability Insurance scheme 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.ndis.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 National Disability Insurance Scheme's 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.
Contact us at BIA NSW if you need help accessing any of this information, or if you would like to access Brain Injury Australia's consultation outcomes.