The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Team was established at The Bouverie Centre in 1984 to provide a specialist service to families and professionals across Victoria who support people with an ABI. With the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2018, services previously provided by The Bouverie Centre to families and people with brain injuries will now be provided through the NDIS.
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a condition affecting people who have sustained an injury to the brain. This injury may be the result of a traffic, sport or work accident, a medical condition such as a brain tumour, brain bleed or stroke, excessive long term abuse of alcohol / drugs, or any other condition which has interrupted the flow of oxygen or blood to the brain.
ABI affects all family members including the injured person, partners, parents, children, siblings, extended family members and community networks. Distress, concern and changes in relationships are common in families adjusting to the long-term effects of ABI.
The majority of people with ABI return to the care of their families. Family members face unique challenges and can often benefit from professional support that recognises the importance of relationships and the different roles and complex challenges for each person within the family.
Families and family members can access counselling through a range of services including:
• Counselling under a GP Mental Health Care Plan (with accredited psychologists and social workers in private practice)
• Counselling through community health centres
• Family, individual counselling and a range of other supports through Carers Victoria, funded through Department of Social Services Phone : 1800 242 636
• Families with a member with an ABI with co-existing mental health issues may be eligible for family counselling at Bouverie through the adult and child mental health program. Enquiries about referrals can be made through the Intake Worker on (03) 9385 5100.
The Department of Human Services provides a wide range of resources and services for persons with a disability and their carers. Information is available in diverse languages and accessible formats and can be viewed by visiting www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/disability.
The Bouverie Centre continues to provide a range of family sensitive training workshops and consultation to service providers throughout Victoria who are working with non-compensable clients and families affected by ABI. This includes services that offer:
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