Supporting people with acquired brain injury and their families

About acquired brain injury

In Victoria each year, approximately 2,000 people receive an injury to their brain or acquired brain injury (ABI). For many, an ABI carries lifelong effects.

ABI Causes:

  • Most of the people who receive an injury to the brain are males aged 18 to 30 years. Headway supports people with ABI aged between 18 and 64.
  • ABI can be caused by accidents, alcohol and drug use, hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain), brain tumor, infectious disease or degenerative neurological conditions.
    Read more about the causes.

ABI Effects:

  • ABI can affect a person's cognitive, behavioural, physical and sensory abilities.
  • ABI is often called a hidden disability because its long-term disabilities are usually in areas of thinking and behaviour, meaning the injury is difficult to see and recognise.
  • People with ABI often find their difficulties are ignored or misunderstood.
  • Brain injury affects each person differently. No two people have the same injury or consequences.
  • Up to 5% of people who acquire a brain injury go on to develop epilepsy.
    Read more about the effects of ABI.

Clients-Old-Gippstown.jpgHow Can You Help Someone With ABI: