Otago Brain Injury Association's mission is to provide direction, choice, and independence for people affected by brain injury.
They provide a free and independent service throughout the entire Otago area. The service provides an ongoing link for people in the community as they rebuild their lives after brain injury.
Individuals, agencies and medical providers can refer to the service.
The services they provide are:
- The BIA promotes an understanding of all aspects of brain injury, focusing not just on the impact on the individual but also on their families and others who care for them. Experience has shown education is the key to managing many of the issues that arise.
- Their Liaison Officer is happy to provide education and guidance, to source and access other services which will assist in dealing with the pressures.
- Individual support around accessing services and support i.e. ACC, Work and Income, and other government organisations or community agencies. Their clients find it extremely helpful to have someone who is knowledgeable on entitlements and the systems they have to deal with, who is able to speak up on their behalf if required.
- Their Liaison Service is based in Community House in Dunedin where we have a library of relevant books for clients to borrow along with other pamphlets, factsheets and information.
- Support – a non-judgemental, listening ear, information and education to understand and manage the effects of the injury, support groups to encourage confidence, avoid isolation and integrate back into the community in a comfortable and supportive environment.
- Free confidential, personal advice, all questions whatever they maybe are important and need answering. Having someone to help navigate the various systems you have to deal with helps.