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.

BIRS includes;

  • 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.