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2013 Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Family Sensitive Practice Innovation Grant Awarded

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2013 Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Family Sensitive Practice Innovation Grant Awarded

Posted 27th May 2013

Family Therapy Mental Health

Five students who completed the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy with a focus on acquired brain injury were recognised for their work in improving services for families at the Victorian Coalition of ABI Workers meeting held at The Bouverie Centre on Wednesday 22nd May, 2013.

As part of their studies, students who are successful in obtaining DHS-Disability funded positions in the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy course implement workplace projects aimed at services for families.

“The inclusion of workplace projects focused on improving family sensitive practice in ABI has been an important extension of our graduate course. It offers students an opportunity to put their learning into practice and to make a real difference to the delivery of services to families in their workplace", says Dr Jeff Young, Director, The Bouverie Centre.

Projects in 2012 included training to improve awareness of ABI in a rural Service (John Leckie); improving culturally sensitive practice in ABI for case managers (Frank Xu); raising awareness of the unique needs associated with ABI vs intellectual disability in paediatric disability (Ramona Arnold); identifying information needs for families dealing with brain injury and substance abuse (Leanne Ardossi) and improving access to counselling services and ABI awareness for Indigenous families (Anja Tanhane). 

The 6 DHS-ABI funded places in the Graduate Certificate Course, offered since 2004, have played an integral role in supporting workers to improve their skills in responding to complex family issues following ABI.  The workplace projects extend the benefits for students into their workplace by impacting everyday practice in ways that improve services for families affected by ABI.

The 2013 ABI Family Sensitive Practice Innovation Grant (valued at $3000) was awarded to Anja Tanhane, from EACH for her work with the Indigenous community. 

Eastern Access Community Health worker Anja Tahane graduated from The Bouverie Centre's Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy course in 2012.  Anja was awarded the 2nd Annual ABI Family Sensitive Practice Innovation Grant for guidelines she produced as part of the course.
 

For more information please contact:
Nella Charles
Phone: (03) 9385 5100
Email: n.charles@latrobe.edu.au

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