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Assault and Brain Injuries (AaBI) Project: Exploring the psychosocial needs of families and caregivers who experience a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as the result of an assault or an alleged assau

While other violent crimes within Australia are decreasing, the number of assaults is increasing (Bricknell, 2008). Severe assault-related Traumatic Brain Injuries form approximately 12 per cent of admissions to hospitals (Morisse et al., 2014) and the financial costs associated with this type of injury are significant (Piccenna et al., 2014). There is minimal research evidence regarding how family members or informal carers support a person who has this type of injury navigate the health and criminal justice systems.

This research project was part of a larger study that includes quantitative and retrospective data collection. This exploratory research investigated the psychosocial stressors on family members caring for a person who has sustained a traumatic brain injury because of an assault.

The AASW grant enabled a Senior Social Worker at the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, to have time off-line to complete 7 qualitative interviews with informal carers, transcription of the interviews and commencement of the data analysis.

Dr Annerley Bates
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Queensland Health and Griffith University, QLD

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers