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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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ABI The Facts - A guide to understanding acquired brain injury - Synapse

ABI The Facts is a practical guide for families and professionals to understand and respond to brain injury at every stage of the journey

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About Brain Injury - Synapse

Brain injury includes a number of conditions and disorders that result in impairment to the brain and its functions.

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Behavioural - Synapse

Brain injuries can have significant effects on behaviour. These effects stem from damage to areas of the brain that regulate emotions and impulse.

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A Parents Guide - Synapse

Raising a child brings challenges to all parents, and for parents of a child with a brain injury, those challenges can be magnified.  

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Adult Children - Synapse

A brain injury can be a devastating experience for the parents of an injured adult child. Parents can experience many emotions.

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Anger - Synapse

Anger is a common emotional response after a brain injury and can be directly related to impairments caused by the injury.

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Alcohol & Drug Related Brain Injury - Synapse

Alcohol can cause physical injury to the brain. This is known as Alcohol Related Brain Injury. Other drugs can also lead to impairments.

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Attention and concentration problems - Synapse

A brain injury can affect attention or concentration abilities, leading to problems with work, study and everyday living.

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Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injury (lack of oxygen) - Synapse

Brain injury can occur when there is a reduction in (hypoxic) or complete lack of (anoxic) oxygen supply to the brain.

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Avoiding boredom after a brain injury - Synapse

If a person finishes rehabilitation and is not yet ready to return to work or study, they can easily become bored or depressed. 

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