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.
- 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 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.
How Can You Help Someone With ABI:
- ABI can lead to social isolation, which impacts on all aspects of daily living.
- Stress and frustration caused by ABI can trigger epilepsy and anger.
- People with ABI – as with any injury – need patience and understanding.
Read more about issues associated with ABI and how you can help.