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Synapse - Australia's Brain Injury Organisation

Synapse - Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of support services for people who have been impacted by brain injury and disability, and promotes quality of life, self-determination and choice through information, specialist support and targeted research activities.

Brain injury refers to any type of brain disorder or injury which is acquired rather than developmental. The primary causes of brain injury includes stroke/aneurism; degenerative diseases such as dementia, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis; trauma; hypoxic/anoxic injuries (lack of oxygen to the brain); infections and diseases such as meningitis, encephalitis, brain tumours or brain cancer; fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; or alcohol and/or drug misuse.

Vison and mission

Synapse seeks to focus both government and public support to realise funding for specialist brain injury services.

Synapse’s mission is to ensure the rights of people impacted by brain injury, by connecting knowledge, policy, services and systems.

How Synapse can help

  • Information and referral
  • NDIS support coordination
  • Advocacy
  • Support and housing
  • Brain injury support groups

Information / help lines

  • Call 1800673074 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST if you need advice, support or information.

Programs, apps and tools

Recommended links

Last reviewed: June 2020

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Impact of Brain Injury on Families and Carers - Synapse

Caring for a person with a brain injury is one of the most difficult challenges that can confront a family especially for those providing direct care.

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Steps to a healthier brain - Synapse

The brain needs exercise to stay in optimum health, just like our body. Practising skills will lead to better performance.

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Reactions and responses to a child's brain injury - Synapse

Brain injury in a child causes many different reactions in the family. The ongoing emotional stress can be very difficult.

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Building social skills - Synapse

Children and young people with a brain injury may have difficulty with the social skills that most of us take for granted.

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Sleeping issues after a brain injury - Synapse

Lack of sleep has a negative effect on our cognition, mood, energy levels and appetite. These effects are multiplied many times by brain injury.

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Epilepsy - Synapse

Epilepsy is recurring brief episodes of abnormal electrical activity in the brain leading to uncontrolled convulsions and unconsciousness, or a momentary loss of awareness.

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Memory Problems and Tips - Synapse

Memory problems can occur with most brain disorders. However they are particularly common with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Sensory and perceptual problems - Synapse

Sensory and perceptual problems can arise from damage to the right side of the brain or the parietal and occipital lobes of the brain.

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Family and Carers - Synapse

Impact on Families Coping with grief and ambiguous loss Grieving who the person used to be can be confusing, as the injured person can be physically present but psychologically absent

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Respite for Carers - Synapse

Respite care is an essential part of the overall support that families may need. It can be provided in the client's home or in a out of home setting.

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