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.
- State Disability Plan
- International Day of People with Disability
- Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide
- The National Companion Card Scheme