A NEW BRAIN INJURY OCCURS EVERY 15 MINUTES IN NZ. We empower people affected by brain injury through advocacy, support and education
‘Blackout for Brain Injury’ Awareness Week 18 to 24 March
Brain Injury Awareness Week 2019 has a national focus on falls awareness and prevention. You don’t have to blackout to have concussion
How you can help us raise awareness of brain injury:
Create a fun event at your office, work place or family gathering, wear black and support us by making a donation. Share your photos to our Facebook page.
37.7% of all traumatic brain injuries in New Zealand are due to a fall. Not everyone fully recovers. A mild injury does not mean mild in consequences and could prevent you from doing the things you love.
Some symptoms of a brain injury may not be evident until days or weeks after the injury. It is imperative you seek immediate medical attention and register your injury, even if you don’t lose consciousness. Early medical diagnosis and treatment improves your chances of recovering. Brain injury can change your thinking, behaviour, mood, memory, problem solving, relationships and physical functioning.
Falls are the most common cause of injury in older people (>65 years) and children (0-14 years).
Falls account for 40% of ACC claims for those aged 65-69 years and 60% of all claims for the over 85 years old.
Falls related injury are the number one cause of child hospitalisations for the 0-14 years. ACC claim costs from child falls are on average around $45 million per year.
However, falls can happen at any age.
Look after your brain – look after your life
Brain Injury does not discriminate, it can happen to anyone – anytime –anywhere.
We provide advocacy, support, information and education to people who have sustained a brain injury, their family/whanau and caregivers. We raise awareness and promote prevention of brain injury in the community.
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