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Synapse - Australia's Brain Injury Organisation

Synapse - Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of support services for people who have been impacted by brain injury and disability, and promotes quality of life, self-determination and choice through information, specialist support and targeted research activities.

Brain injury refers to any type of brain disorder or injury which is acquired rather than developmental. The primary causes of brain injury includes stroke/aneurism; degenerative diseases such as dementia, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis; trauma; hypoxic/anoxic injuries (lack of oxygen to the brain); infections and diseases such as meningitis, encephalitis, brain tumours or brain cancer; fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; or alcohol and/or drug misuse.

Vison and mission

Synapse seeks to focus both government and public support to realise funding for specialist brain injury services.

Synapse’s mission is to ensure the rights of people impacted by brain injury, by connecting knowledge, policy, services and systems.

How Synapse can help

  • Information and referral
  • NDIS support coordination
  • Advocacy
  • Support and housing
  • Brain injury support groups

Information / help lines

  • Call 1800673074 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST if you need advice, support or information.

Programs, apps and tools

Recommended links

This information was originally published on healthdirect - Synapse - Australia's Brain Injury Organisation.

Last reviewed: November 2021

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - Synapse

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a range of impairments that can develop in an individual due to exposure to alcohol in the womb.

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Concussion / Mild TBI - Synapse

Concussion is the most common form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), affecting around 42 million people worldwide each year. It is the result of a physical blow or sudden jolt that forces the brain to move within the skull.

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A Parents Guide - Synapse

Raising a child brings challenges to all parents, and for parents of a child with a brain injury, those challenges can be magnified.  

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What is Brain Injury? - Synapse

Brain injury includes a number of conditions and disorders that result in impairment to the brain and its functions.

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Challenging behaviour in children - Synapse

Regardless of the effects of a brain injury, parents can still bring out their children’s strengths, help them build resilience, and enable them to develop to their full potential.

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Protecting your family's wellbeing - Synapse

In the aftermath of your child acquiring a brain injury it can be easy to neglect your family. Caring for a child with a brain injury can take a great deal of time and energy. It ’s easy for everyone else’s needs to get side-lined, and can be difficult to get the balance right.

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Family and Carers - Synapse

A Parents Guide Parenting a Child with Brain Injury The early days after your child’s brain injury

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Your Child's Development - Synapse

A brain injury can disrupt the long and complicated process which is moving from childhood through to being a mature adult.

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Epilepsy and Other Seizures - Synapse

Epilepsy is recurring brief episodes of abnormal electrical activity in the brain leading to uncontrolled convulsions and unconsciousness, or a momentary loss of awareness.

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