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Brain Injury NZ

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Brain Injury NZ
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PO Box 10210
Te Mai
Whangarei 0142
Northland, Waitemata, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairawhiti, Taranaki, Whanganui, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, MidCentral, Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley, Nelson Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Southern (Otago), Southern (Southland)
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Living with a brain injury can be challenging. Many of the actions we take for granted can suddenly become overwhelming; out of reach, or just unachievable.

Brain Injury NZ offers support and resources to those who are affected – whether it be their own injury, or the injury of a loved one. We understand the daily struggles and the constant readjustments required, and we have the resources and links you need to begin enjoying life again! We are here to help and support you.
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Service Description
New Zealand brain injury support services

The Brain Injury Associations were formed to provide a link between those suffering from the effects of a brain injury, and the available brain injury support services in their area. We act as a support service for those who need advice, direction, and assistance with their day-to-day management of a brain injury.

While we don’t provide any treatments or in-house rehabilitation services, we do act as facilitators; helping with the control of finances, interview processes, meetings, paperwork and documentation. Our Liaison Officers work out in the community to assist patients with the practicalities of living with a brain injury; ensuring that the right support systems, care groups and resources are connected with each and every client.

Brain injury support groups: knowing what’s available in your region

The support groups available to those living with a brain injury differ from region to region: this is why we have dedicated regional offices. Each office has their own connections with local brain injury support groups, ensuring an appropriate match for those attending. We also arrange for fundraising events and social events throughout the year, bringing people together and providing a network of contacts for those in need.

Information and resources for your condition: understanding your brain injury

While the manifestation of your brain injury will be unique to each client, we are able to provide information regarding the healing process of brain injuries in general. We have the New Zealand’s most up-to-date resources and breaking research on brain injuries; and we can help those living with a brain injury better understand their own condition.

Our resources include a range of downloadable documents, resource sheets and fact sheets, covering everything from learning to live with a brain injury through to re-entering the workplace and educational facilities.

Updated: 10 Jun 2022

Brain Injury New Zealand: there’s help on hand

The Brain Injury Association was founded in the early 1990’s by the Stewart family, who were struck by the lack of support available for those affected by brain injuries. In their quest to find information and support for their son, who himself suffered from a brain injury, the Stewart family began to realise just how imperative it was to provide a support service for those affected. With this in mind, they opened The Stewart Centre, a day centre where those with brain injuries could come together for workshops, for skill gaining and for socialisation. From these humble beginnings sprang the network of regional Brain Injury Associations throughout New Zealand, providing support and resources to brain injury patients, their families, and their loved ones.

The silent epidemic – brain injuries occurring daily in NZ

With brain injuries occurring every 15 minutes in New Zealand, the statistics are showing that more kiwis are affected by brain injuries than by cancer. The ongoing effects of living with a brain injury can be hard to quantify: with each injury affecting each patient differently. The Brain Injury New Zealand helps those directly impacted by a brain injury continue living a life they’ll enjoy; through connecting the right services and support to those who need them the most.

The Brain Injury Association: 14 regional offices to help those in need

While each office works independently of the others, our 14 regional Brain Injury Associations all act as information and education hubs for those suffering from a brain injury. Our Liaison Officers work from each office and out in the community to help reconnect patients with a life they’ll enjoy living; assisting with meetings, paperwork, interviews and general day-to-day formalities. We focus on smoothing the transition back into a meaningful life, while providing the connections and information needed to support both the injured person and their families and loved ones through their journey.

Updated: 10 Jun 2022