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Brain Injury Service

The Brain Injury Service operates within the Rehabilitation Department of The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

The Brain Injury Service currently cares for approximately 550 children and young people in NSW who have sustained an acquired brain injury from trauma (motor vehicle accident, fall or non-accidental injury), stroke or other disease processes such as encephalitis.

The Brain Injury Service supports and assists children and young people who have sustained a brain injury, to make the best possible recovery and reach their full potential in all areas of development. The multi-disciplinary inpatient and outpatient services provide assistance with the variety of physical, cognitive, behavioural, emotional and communication problems which may result from a brain injury.

Who We Are

The Brain Injury Service Team is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team which includes:

During the rehabilitation process, the team works directly with the child or young person and their family as well as others involved with their care such as teachers and local therapists.

Why We See Children Long Term

Many children and young people who have sustained an acquired brain injury may experience long term difficulties. These difficulties can be influenced by factors such as recovery, growth and developmental progress. Therapy and other needs may arise at any stage but particularly at times of rapid growth and change. For this reason, clients of the Brain Injury Service may be monitored from the time of their injury until school leaving age or when they have reached a period of having no significant needs. Starting school or transferring to high school are particularly important times of transition which require careful planning with the child, family and school.

Making A Referral

If you would like to make a referral to the Brain Injury Service, please go to referrals for more information.

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This document was updated on Friday, 1 April 2011.

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