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Has your family been impacted by acquired brain injury (ABI)? 

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The ABI Family to Family Link Up program offers families the opportunity to meet with one or two other families in order to share their experiences and wisdoms, and to offer and receive support and understanding about brain injury issues and life with ABI.

Who can attend?

All family members are welcome to attend, including the person with the ABI.

How much does it cost?

Participation in the ABI Family to Family Link Up program is free.

How do I arrange a "link up" with another family? 

Family to Family Link Ups are arranged by trained ABI  facilitators within your community. These same facilitators will be present at your link up to help guide the process.

For more information about meeting a family through this program, please contact The Bouverie Centre on (03) 9385 5100 and ask to speak with a member of our ABI team.

The Family to Family Link Up program is funded by The Department of Human Services, Disability Services, in partnership with The Bouverie Centre and ABI Services

Myself and my family finally feel that we are getting help after 2 & 1/2 years of living in limbo and feeling like I am going crazy … the service is very worthwhile, it has helped me gain strength and perspective. ~ Partner

Helped me to understand our situation through different eyes. It helps to talk about the situation with someone who has experienced it or is experiencing it. ~ Person with an ABI

For us the meeting broke down some of the isolation we have experienced since our son’s ABI. We found that we easily spoke the “same language” and felt less of the victims we have often felt. ~ Parent

I felt relieved to be able to share our experiences. I also felt hopeful for our future. ~ Partner

The facilitator was able to guide the session successfully, had a calming influence and empathy for me and my family.


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