New Charity of the Year announced

Headwest_Logo_CMYK-New_08_2013St John of God Murdoch Hospital announced its new Charity of the Year, Headwest Brain Injury Association of WA, at its annual Ball.

Headwest is a not for profit organisation set up to give help and support to people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

An ABI refers to a physical injury that occurs to the brain after birth. The main causes are Traumatic Brain Injury, infection, disease, stroke, drugs and alcohol. An Acquired Brain Injury can affect cognitive, physical, emotional and independent functioning. A brain injury can happen to anyone at any time.

Acting Executive Officer Sue McLennan from Headwest says there were estimated to be 57,440 Western Australian individuals living with an ABI in 2013.

“Of these individuals, we know the 15-24 year old age group, especially males, exhibit risk taking behaviours that can end in catastrophic consequences,” says Ms McLennan.

“In WA, there has been an increase of 32.6 per cent between 2009 and 2011 in head injury admissions to Royal Perth Hospital.”

Headwest provides a specialist advocacy service for people living with an ABI, their carers and family. They provide solutions to assist with the emotional, behavioural, cognitive and physical changes that exist after an ABI.

They offer information, links and referral to relevant services, facilitating positive outcomes and assisting individuals to self-advocate.

Funds raised by the hospital over the next year will have a profound impact on the services Headwest provides the community.


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