Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury often leads to a variety of complex cognitive difficulties that can impact on a person's ability to return to their previous vocational, domestic and social roles. The degree that it affects someone in these areas can vary widely, and depends on the severity of their injury (i.e. mild, moderate or severe), type of cognitive impairment, and whether any behavioural or emotional difficulties also exist. A person's cognitive and psychological adjustment to a traumatic brain injury is best helped in the early stages of the injury, to assist in educating the person and family as to the effects of the injury, and providing strategies and psychological support throughout their recovery.

Neuropsychological assessments are currently the best practice in cognitive assessment, and can provide the best indicator of a person's ability to return to work and other life roles (e.g. parenting, financial management, domestic duties etc.). They are also used to determine the longer term cognitive effects of a traumatic brain injury in medicolegal compensation cases.

Current changes to the NSW Greenslip structure now incorporates a levy to provide lifetime care for those seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, and who require longer term care. For details relating to the lifetime care and support authority, eligibility criteria, and services that are funded, please visit:

www.lifetimecare.nsw.gov.au

Please do not hesitate to contact us for free initial advice in relation to any queries surrounding traumatic brain injury and cognitive, behavioural or psychological difficulties.