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arbias has streamlined its Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) function for NSW and Victoria (and those enquiries from all other states and territories’) to have one point of access for referrals and enquiries.
This will give future referrers, and potential service users and their families a standardised, simpler level of access to our service irrespective of where you are with a consistent supportive response and follow up.
Some of the services provided include:
When you call on the numbers listed below you will be greeted by a team member who will assist you.
In the event that you call out of business hours, leave a message and a team member will as a ‘service guarantee’ get back to you on the next business day.
If you contact arbias on existing telephone numbers in either Victoria or NSW, that service will re-direct your call to our new hotline.
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)
1800 272 427
arbias has always placed a strong emphasis on the importance of an accurate diagnosis of ABI. It is equally important to identify how an ABI is impacting on a person’s thinking, behaviour and personality. Neuropsychological assessment makes it possible to better understand a person and then to work effectively with them towards achievement of their goals.
Neuropsychologists have specialist training in how the brain works and how it controls behaviour, thinking and personality. A neuropsychological assessment includes an interview, followed by a range of tasks designed to test specific areas of thinking such as memory, attention, concentration, learning, planning and problem solving, the ability to make decisions and to subsequently carry them through. The assessment includes completion of an interview, answering questions, paper and pencil tasks, puzzles and tests of memory.
A neuropsychological assessment usually takes two-and-a half to three hours to complete. Breaks are taken during the session and the pace can be varied to suit the individual.
After the completion of the assessment, the neuropsychologist will evaluate the results, taking into consideration the person’s age, background, history and reason for referral. A report is written that outlines the findings of the assessment, plus recommendations for what the person will benefit from. These results may then be discussed at another time during a ‘feedback session’ with the person and the original referrer and/or those people supporting the person.
More detailed information about neuropsychological assessments can be found in the arbias Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment for clients and family members (Download Adobe PDF 385kb).
Each person with an ABI is different with varying level of needs, due to the severity and complexity of their neurological impairments, the impact this has on their activity levels and hence their ability to participate in daily activities.
The neurobehavioural approach is a person-centred approach which helps clients achieve the best of their ability through their community setting. It aims to reduce the needs for supports aiming to make a person more independent by working towards their goals.
In addition to a neurobehavioural assessment, arbias uses the invaluable information obtained from neuropsychological assessment to determine how best to tailor support and intervention to individuals with an ABI. In cases where behaviours of concern are impacting on a person’s or other people’s safety within the community, neuropsychological assessment assists in the development of behaviour support plans and interventions.
Brain Injury Awareness Week 11 – 17 August 2014
As part of Brain Injury Awareness Week arbias would like to offer interested parties free posters to promote awareness of alcohol related acquired brain injury. There are 4 types of awareness raising posters available in size A1:
- A hangover for life
- Is it worth a punt
- How little is too much
- Every binge drinking session is causing you damage