The Palaszczuk Government is delivering an extra $14.6 million to support Queenslanders living with brain injuries.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced the new funding for the Transitional Rehabilitation Service during Brain Injury Awareness Week (17-23 August).
Mr Pitt said the State Government’s Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) would facilitate funding for the five year pilot service.
“Brain injury can happen to anyone, whether it’s the result of a stroke, a car accident, an incident on the sporting field or another trauma,” he said.
“According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, around 1 in 12 Queenslanders are living with an acquired brain injury and many of them require a high level of support and rehabilitation.
“The Palaszczuk Government is delivering this new funding to give these Queenslanders the care and support they need on their path to recovery.
“The new service will target improved inpatient rehabilitation, with a focus on helping patients transition back into work and the community.
“It will be headquartered at Princess Alexandra Hospital’s renowned Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, with services to be up and running from early 2016.”
Health Minister Cameron Dick said the new service reflected the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to high quality health care for all Queenslanders.
“Similar rehabilitation service pilot programs for spinal injuries and paediatric services have had very positive results and are now funded via Queensland Health,” he said.
“These types of programs typically achieve greater benefits for individuals including increased independence, community participation and improved ability to work.
“Queensland has some of the world’s best brain injury clinicians and we’re very excited they’ll be delivering this important new service.”
Jennifer Cullen, CEO of brain injury support group Synapse, has welcomed the new funding.
“Brain Injury is called the ‘invisible disability” because there are often no physical signs that someone may have ongoing issues,” she said.
“As Brain Injury can be a complex disorder, early intervention and rehabilitation services are vital to help patients reconnect to their home and families as soon as possible.”