LECTURE ONE: Experiences of Volunteering Following Acquired Brain Injury
DATE: WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH
PRESENTER: Suzana Hercegovac (2016 Allen Martin Scholarship Winner) occupational therapist at AvantiCare, University of South Australia Honours graduate.
ABOUT THE LECTURE
Most Breakfast Club audience members will already be aware of the challenges people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) face during the rehabilitation process. Many are unable to return to pre-injury functionality because of ongoing changes in physical and cognitive function. Our first Breakfast Club lecture for the year explores the role that volunteering plays as a means of re-entering a productive role following an acquired brain injury.
Research has highlighted the health benefits to resuming a productive role post-ABI, but there is little research around the role of volunteering as a rehabilitation tool. Suzana will share the findings of her honours thesis through detailing four case studies who took part in her study.
The lecture will consider the potential implications for neurorehabilitation and longer term recovery. It will touch on the importance of productivity in the lives of people with ABI during rehabilitation and recovery, as well as some of the challenges for services and health professionals involved.
Suzana will also discuss the perspective of close loved ones, paid carers and community workers who provided ongoing support during the volunteering activities.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Suzana Hercegovac is an Honours graduate in the Occupational Therapy program from the University of South Australia. During her community and clinical placements Suzana worked across numerous settings and with various client groups including people with intellectual disability, in a sub-acute neurorehabilitation setting, and in community rehabilitation working with people with mental illness and older people. Suzana is now working with clients in residential aged care facilities and primarily assists with the management of chronic pain using a holistic and restorative approach.
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