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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We are pleased to announce our newly formed association with law firm, Turner Freeman Lawyers. Learn more and ask a question...
BIA NSW will continue to provide public venue training for service providers throughout the state.
Service Provider Training
When: Monday 12th May 9am - 4.30pm
What: Service Provider Training - Brain Injury: An Overview followed by Understanding Behavioural Changes after Brain Injury
Where: Sydney City DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION
We are also coming to Broken Hill in June! Keep an eye on this space for more information.
Do you want to become a leader in your community?
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. Round 1 - Sydney, Central Coast and Southern NSW start end May/June, and applications close 22 April 2014. Ballina, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo start in July and applications close 31 May 2014.
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.
Do you live in Blacktown? Are you aged between 10 and 20 years?
Brain Injury Australia is a partner in a project funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, to be conducted by researchers at the University of South Australia in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and Victoria University. Called “Digital Enterprise”, the project “aims to foster personal initiative, reduce isolation, develop entrepreneurial skills and promote participation in further education and employment” through “high-tech computer learning programs, game‐making, technology competitions and digital design activities”. It will involve four groups of children and young people – aged between 10 and 20 years in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Darwin - with autism spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities, starting in May 2014.
Specific to NSW, they are seeking young participants (10 to 20 years of age) with brain injury, cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities who are residents of the Sydney suburb of Blacktown. For more information go to Digital Enterprise or download Digital Enterprise information sheet.
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 know 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.
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.