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MEDIA RELEASE: Maximising community connection after brain injury

Feeling socially isolated or excluded is a frequent and enduring problem for many people who survive severe brain injury.

On Wednesday 23 November Professor Jacinta Douglas, La Trobe University Professor and Summer Foundation Research Chair (Living Well with Acquired Brain Injury), will present the Allen Martin Memorial Lecture on “Maximising community connection after brain injury: a multi-component program”.

The focus of this year’s lecture will be the power of relationships and community belonging in the lives of people with severe brain injury.

“For as many as one in every two survivors, life after brain injury is likely to be characterised by declining interpersonal relationships, increasing social isolation and ongoing depression,” Professor Douglas said.

Professor Douglas will describe a new multi-component community connection program (M-Comm Connect) that is currently being trialled.

The free public lecture for clinicians, health professionals, carers and family members of people with an acquired brain injury will be held at the Kew Golf Club.

The recipient of the 2016 Allen Martin Research Scholarship for research in the field of recovery following acquired brain injury will also be announced on the evening.


The Allen Martin Memorial Lecture:

The lecture is held each year in memory of Allen Martin, Founder of the Victorian Brain Injury Recovery Association (VBIRA). The Summer Foundation has presented the Allen Martin Lecture and Scholarship Announcement since the dissolution of VBIRA in 2014.

Bookings are required. Book now at www.trybooking.com/NFNN

For further comment or information, please contact:

Francesca Trimboli, PR and Marketing Manager on 03 9894 7006 or 0438 222 402 or send an email to: francesca.trimboli@summerfoundation.org.au

About the Summer Foundation:

The Summer Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation on research regarding young people in nursing homes. The mission of the Summer Foundation is to resolve the issue of young people living in nursing homes in Australia.

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