The numbers of people in Australia who suffer from an Acquired Brain Injury are staggering.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 338 700 Australians (1.9% of the total Australian population) have an acquired brain injury. Out of the 338 700 people, 160 200 were severely affected by the injury and required daily help or support.
An ABI (as it is known) can arise from many different contributing factors, the most notable being a traumatic event such as a road accident. Unfortunately for many people who sustain such an injury, they find themselves caught in-between funding models pre-occupied with intellectual disability and mental illness. Hence, the road to recovery can be a difficult path to navigate.
In this Feature Podcast, Dan Toombs talks with Sue Gordon and Pam Meacle. Sue’s son Dean suffered an ABI at age 28 during a football match and Pam, was struck by a motor vehicle at aged 44 and similarly suffered.
Their stories are incredibly powerful and reveal both the resilient, courageous and painful journey back and an insight into the “hidden” disability.