Acquired Brain Injury

ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY

Members of our community with an acquired brain injury (ABI) experience a 60% chance of developing a severe and persistent mental health challenges during the course of their lifetime, with 1 in 5 attempting suicide (Australian Brain Institute, 2014). Despite these alarming statistics, individuals with an ABI and their families often experience major barriers in accessing appropriate wrap around supports which address physical, mental and social needs, with an aim to improve daily functioning, engagement with the community, and quality of life.

In the absence of fully funded disability care packages, individuals are often considered ineligible for a range of services due to the inherent complexities of dual diagnoses. Support services within these sectors can be restrained by a range of factors including alternative assessment and treatment frameworks and complications in addressing single components of a dynamically interrelated variety of complex needs. This often leads to difficulties in integrating service delivery which challenges the service sector and ultimately limits the effective support provided to individuals.

Partners in Recovery has established a care coordination group to directly target these issues through the development of a collaborative response across the disability and mental health sectors. There is currently a strong level of interest and commitment from within the community mental health sectors as well as from key organisations in the disability sector, such as ABIOS, Synapse, and Disability Services Queensland. These stakeholders are critical in developing a mutual understanding across the sectors, organisations, and workers to deliver a higher standard of support for this target population.

The care coordination meetings aim to provide wide ranging, wrap around support for individuals with dual diagnoses of ABI and mental health challenges. This is being achieved by improving the access for this population to support across the service sector and strengthening referral and assessment pathways for clients and carers wishing to access assistance. An ongoing benefit of these meetings will be the opportunity for workers and organisations to network, develop a greater understanding of other sectors, and access professional development and training to add value to the support provided to their clients.

The meetings have now become registered within the Mental Health Professionals Network and will be advertised through their mailing lists. There are currently four meetings planned through the year with the potential for more to develop as required.

Further Information

If you are interested in discussing the project further and/or Footprints involvement, please feel free to contact Ryan O’Leary; Partners in Recovery Coordinator on 3252 3488 or ryano@footprintsinc.org.au 

 

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