1.9 What types of services are available?

i) Types of services

Service networks can include the following types of services. The specific examples listed are services available in New South Wales. Similar services are available in other states.

State peak brain injury consumer or advocacy organisations

Brain Injury Association of NSW Carers Association of NSW.

Rehabilitation services

Department of Health in each state; NSW BIRP; local/private hospital rehabilitation departments; private therapists.

Vocational rehabilitation

Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (CRS); BTP Employment Solutions; Head 2 Work.

Community support/case management

Home Care of NSW; NSW BIRP community case managers; private case management services; Community options programs.

Avocational, day activity, community access, clubhouse programs

Headway – Adult Development Program; Liverpool Brain Injury Respite Program; North West Disability Services Inc (NWDS); Attendant Care Agencies (for individual paid worker support).

Respite programs

Hunter Brain Injury Respite Options; Gemhill Cottage (NWDS).

Support groups, Self-help groups

BIA of NSW support groups.

Counselling services

Lifeline; private therapists; NSW BIRP therapists; Drug and Alcohol Counselling Services.

Accommodation services

Aged care facilities (nursing homes); ABI Services.

Other services (eg. crisis, legal, financial etc)

NSW Office of the Public Guardian; NSW Office of the Protective Commission; Centrelink; Commonwealth carer respite centres.


ii) Services in NSW    

In 2010 the Pathways and Protocols Working Group, a sub-group of the Steering Committee for the Interagency Agreement on the Care and Support Pathways for People with an ABI prepared: "Care and Support Pathways for People with an Acquired Brain Injury, PDF Referral and Service Options in NSW". May 2011 (3.1 Meg)

This document includes both sample pathways and lists of services.

The lists of services include:

1 Information and service directory for people with an ABI
2: Rehabilitation in NSW health for adults
3: ADHC program options for adults with an ABI
4: Home and Community Care Program (HACC) options
5: ABI rehabilitation assessments and interventions
6: Housing NSW product options
7: Mental health program options
8: Drug and alcohol referral options
9: Lifetime Care and Support Scheme
10: Corrective Services NSW
11: Other services