Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit - BIRU

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) is a 28 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit for adults with an acquired brain injury.

BIRU is the inpatient rehabilitation service of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services (BIRS). BIRS is a South Australian state-wide specialty service, which is part of Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, Royal Adelaide Hospital. Prior to 2001, BIRS was managed by Julia Farr Services.
BIRU offers an interdisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation. The rehabilitation team includes Medical and Nursing Staff, Client Coordinator, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Dietitian, Recreation Officers and Rehabilitation Assistants.

The client and the family are an integral part of the therapy team, actively participating in decision-making and the therapy process.
What is a brain injury?

A brain injury may result from trauma, hypoxia, infection, tumour, substance abuse, degenerative neurological disease or strokes.
Following a brain injury, people may experience a variety of difficulties including changes to their:

  • Physical functioning
  • Cognition (thinking skills)
  • Communication
  • Emotions and relationships
  • Control of behaviours
  • Ability to do everyday activities.

What does Rehabilitation Involve?

Rehabilitation programs are individualised for each client.

Following a period of initial assessment, rehabilitation goals are negotiated with clients to address their specific issues and needs.
Team members work closely with clients as they strive to meet their goals and work towards a return to community living. This may involve:

  • Improving function
  • Promoting independence and safety
  • Learning new strategies and modified skills

Progress in physical and cognitive therapy and progress towards achieving a successful discharge are reviewed regularly with the client and family. Support, education and counseling form an integral part of our service.

Once medically and practically possible, time at home will be encouraged as part of the rehabilitation process.

The rehabilitation team liaises with relevant community agencies and assists clients to explore any issues around accommodation, equipment and support as a part of planning for discharge.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for BIRU, a person must:

  • Be over 18 years of age and have an acquired brain injury.
  • Require a 24 hour residential facility
  • Have identified rehabilitation goals focusing on promoting independence and quality of life in the community or in supported accommodation
  • Be medically and psychiatrically stable

How to Refer?

Referrals are made through the BIRU Liaison Nurse
(08) 8222 1688 (direct line) or 0403 149 302