History of arbias

In January 1989, Ms. Marilyn Hage convened a meeting at the St. Vincent’s Department of Community Medicine. In attendance were a group of people who shared a vision to establish a service that supported people with alcohol related brain injury.

The Reference Group included:

  • Ms. Christine Clifford
  • Rev. Tim Costello
  • Mr. Les Drew
  • Ms. Marilyn Hage
  • Ms. Margaret Hamilton AO
  • Ms. Jennifer Lee
  • Ms. Maureen Molloy
  • Mr. Ian Paxton
  • Ms. Pat Wilkinson
  • Ms. Beverley Wood

In the beginning, the primary focus of arbias was to provide accommodation and support for homeless people with alcohol related brain injury.

By mid 1990, a management committee was formed. Staff were appointed in August 1990 and services commenced in September 1990. In October 1990, arbias moved into its first premises located at 226 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.

Over the course of 25 years, arbias has grown to an internationally recognised leader in the provision of services to people with an acquired brain injury, and high complex needs and specialising in the area of alcohol & other drug related brain injury. Many if not most of the people we engage with experience comorbidities of mental health and alcohol and other drug issues.

In our present day, arbias had around 70 employees in the area of neuropsychology, service coordination (case management), flexible support, housing options, community integration and reintegration research & training, capacity building and education & information services.

arbias provides information, consultancy and training nationally.

In 2010, arbias opened state-wide services in New South Wales, providing specialist assessment, case management and intervention, and training services to people with an acquired brain injury and high complex needs.

In 2014 arbias (in joint venture with ACSO-AAJV) was successful in its tender bid to deliver Initial Transitional Support (ITS) state-wide to medium high and high risk offenders. Many or most of this group have high complex needs including ABI, mental health, disability and alcohol and drug issues and is funded by Corrections NSW.