At the BIA we understand a brain injury affects not only the injured person but the whole family – from financial challenges, to social upheaval, isolation and job loss. It creates stress and pressure on those with the injury and their loved ones. The BIA is the only community based organisation who is independent, available and keen to support individuals and families.

What do we provide across the Otago Region?

  • The BIA promotes an understanding of all aspects of brain injury, focusing not just on the impact on the individual but also on their families and others who care for them. Experience has shown education is the key to managing many of the issues that arise.
  • Our Liaison Officer is happy to provide education and guidance, to source and access other services which will assist in dealing with the pressures.
  • Individual support around accessing services and support i.e. ACC, Work and Income, and other government organisations or community agencies. Our clients find it extremely helpful to have someone who is knowledgeable on entitlements and the systems they have to deal with, who is able to speak up on their behalf if required.
  • Our Liaison Service is based in Community House in Dunedin where we have a library of relevant books for clients to borrow along with other pamphlets, factsheets and information.
  • Support – a non-judgemental, listening ear, information and education to understand and manage the effects of the injury, support groups to encourage confidence, avoid isolation and integrate back into the community in a comfortable and supportive environment.
  • Free confidential, personal advice, all questions whatever they maybe are important and need answering. Having someone to help navigate the various systems you have to deal with helps.

Becoming a Member

While the liaison service is provided free of charge, we like to encourage people to become a member to help fund our services. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us.

The Brain Injury Association Otago are grateful to our generous funding partners, sponsors, members and other contributors for our funding:

 

DCC Community Grant     Ministry of Health     Healthcare Charitable Trust