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Brain Injury Awareness 2012 – The ‘Hidden disability’


You can’t always see what it’s like to live with a brain injury.

Each year over 2000 people in Northern Ireland sustain a brain injury. Brain injuries can be caused by a number of different reasons including falls, road traffic accidents and assault. This can have a life changing effect on the individual, their families and carers.

This week (14 – 20 May 2012), RABIIG, the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group, will be promoting Brain Injury Awareness 2012 and its theme – The ‘Hidden Disability’.

RABIIG has been working since 2010 to improve brain injury services for users and carers. It is chaired by the Health and Social Care Board in conjunction with the Public Health Agency and has membership from statutory and voluntary organisations, users of services, parents and carers.

Health Minister, Edwin Poots said: “I am delighted to launch the events that RABIIG has organised to support Brain Injury Awareness Week. It is important to raise people’s awareness about the hidden symptoms and challenges that brain injury can bring such as memory loss, mobility problems and personality changes”.

This week will help to raise public awareness and provide training opportunities through a range of events delivered throughout the five Health and Social Care Trust areas. It will highlight the range of health and social care support available for individuals with brain injuries, their families and carers. A series of posters and leaflets on ‘The Hidden Disability’ has also been prepared by RABIIG to support the activities.

RABIIG has made excellent progress in improving brain injury services. Last year, a local guide was produced providing valuable information for users of services and their families. In addition, standards and care pathways were introduced to ensure that care is delivered to the same standard throughout Northern Ireland regardless of age or postcode.

For further information about Brain Injury Awareness 2012 or the work of RABIIG please get in touch with Bronagh Macauley, Service Improvement Project Manager, Tel: 028 9032 1313 or bronagh.macauley@hscni.net

Further information is also available on the Health and Social Care Board website; www.hscboard.hscni.net/RABIIG