Acquired Brain Injury
Learn about acquired brain injuries and how MS Queensland can provide assistance and support.
About acquired brain injuries
Acquired brain injury refers to any damage to the brain that occurs after birth. Common causes of brain injury include accidents, trauma, stroke, tumour, infection, poisoning, alcohol or other drug abuse, lack of oxygen, and brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
Adjusting to life with an acquired brain injury
People with brain injuries can experience deterioration in cognitive and physical functioning including concentration problems, memory loss, behaviour and personality disorders, and speech language impairment. Emotional functioning and the ability to function independently may also be impacted. This can result in loss of employment, lack of social opportunities, and isolation and withdrawal.
Each person’s symptoms will vary and adjustments to social, physical, and work environments may continue to change over time.
You may also require assistance with:
- Enhancing independence, including help around the home
- Visiting and maintaining contact with family and friends
- Participating in social and recreational activities
- Employment advice and placement
- Exercise and health programs
- Access to therapy support, aids or equipment to keep you safe and maintain your independence
- Mental health support
How MS Queensland can help
MS Queensland has a long history of helping people with MS and other progressive neurological diseases such as an acquired brain injury. We know that many of the symptoms of and treatments for MS are also common to other PNDs and we offer our knowledge, expertise and understanding in this field to a broad range of people. Some of our services include:
- Service coordination
- NDIS access assistance
- Employment services