Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services
The Brain Injury
Rehabilitation Services (BIRS) is a South Australian statewide specialist
rehabilitation service, which covers South Australia and also provides
services for clients from western New South Wales, western Victoria and
the Northern Territory.
- the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) which provides inpatient rehabilitation programmes for individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) who require medical and nursing care. The unit has a 28-bed capacity. BIRU is located within Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.
- the Home and Community Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services which offer community and home-based rehabilitation programs from sites based at Felixstow and Fullarton.
- the Brain Injury Tele-Rehabilitation Service is available to rural and remote country SA clients. Adelaide based practitioners and therapists work with the country patients, family carers and therapists utilising video-conference equipment.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services provide specialised rehabilitation programs for adults with traumatic and non-traumatic acquired brain injuries (ABI). Non-traumatic causes of ABI, include cerebrovascular disease, hypoxic brain injury etc.
The Rehabilitation Programs include;
- Interdisciplinary team approach (including occupational therapy, neuropsychology and psychology, neurophysiotherapy, nursing, social work, dietetics, medical, speech pathology, aquatic physiotherapy, recreational/vocational/educational and driver retraining services);
- Individual and family focussed programs designed to meet every day life goals;
- Learning new and modified skills within the home and community environments;
- Support, education and counselling for individuals and their families;
- Access to therapies and professional staff of all disciplines;
- Community support by active liaison with community resources;
- Spasticity Clinic for inpatients and outpatients focussing on issues related to spasticity and other sequelae of acquired brain injury.
Medical Director, SA Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, Dr Miranda Jelbart.