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State Head Injury Unit Patient Services

Case Coordination

Case coordinators (CC) work with you (the patient) and your support network to coordinate care services and rehabilitation to work towards your goals once you are home and returning to the community. This includes assessment and regular contact either via phone or face to face (in the home or SHIU office) to help develop and put into action, the rehabilitation plan. The CC works closely with your health care professionals and advocates for health care needs to assist with achieving your goals. The CC will refer you to SHIU Therapy Services (or external services) based on the needs and goals identified.


Occupational Therapy

SHIU Occupational Therapy (OT) provides individual assessment and rehabilitation programs which are tailored to your goals. This may include:

  • Assessment of your thinking, planning, problem solving, attention, and memory skills to guide rehab programs in the home, community or at work. This assessment may be a formal assessment; or the OT may assess how you are managing your activities of daily living.
  • Increasing independence with self-care such as dressing, eating, showering and looking at the use of aids and equipment to assist with doing these tasks.
  • Fatigue and sleep management education
  • Functional rehabilitation of home management tasks e.g. domestic tasks; financial management; organisational skills
  • Upper limb rehabilitation
  • Assistance with returning to work, returning to driving and other meaningful activities following acquired brain injury (ABI).



SHIU Physiotherapy provides ABI-specific assessment and goal based rehabilitation programs in outpatient, home or community setting following an ABI. The service covers:

  • Neuro-physical (ABI-specific) rehabilitation and assessment looking at mobility, balance, vertigo/dizziness, fatigue, falls and exercise tolerance
  • Functional mobility and gait rehabilitation (how you move) including transfer training, hydrotherapy, return to sports, running etc.
  • Provision of home exercise programs in the home and community (local gym, park etc.) to assist with returning to day to day activities and accessing the community.
  • Vestibular assessment and treatment
  • Linkage with community and / or outpatient programs
  • Post-concussion assessment and management


Clinical Psychology

SHIU Clinical Psychology focusses on:

  • Support during adjustment to ABI and changing health, including patient and family / support
  • Education to families and other people who are central to your, the patient’s, lives
  • Assessment of mental illness and psychological difficulties
  • Provision of ABI specific interventions for ABI related mental illness and psychological problems
  • Referral to appropriate psychology services in the community for non ABI-specific interventions
  • Assessment and behavioural management of challenging behaviours following ABI.


Social Work

SHIU Social Work (SW) aim to provide support for immediate and long term psychosocial issues following your brain injury, to ensure, as best as practicable, your safety within the community. The SHIU SW role is broad, with support provided across a number of areas relevant to recovery following ABI:

  • Centrelink support and advocacy
  • Applications for Administration and Guardianship
  • Referrals to appropriate agencies and support services, including NDIS
  • Emotional support
  • Carers education, support and referral
  • Assistance with financial matters and linking with financial counselling services
  • Legal matters – whilst SHIU SW do not have a legal background, they are able to assist with referrals to community legal centres; and applications for criminal compensation, should the patient be eligible.


Speech Pathology

SHIU Speech Pathology assesses your communication ability – speaking, understanding, reading, writing and non-verbal skills – and develops a rehabilitation program appropriate to your needs. The focus is on functional recovery and community re-integration – improving your communication skills within the home and community. You are assisted to maximise your skills and to learn strategies to communicate more effectively.

SHIU Speech Pathology can also assist you should you experience swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) following your ABI by assessing and developing treatment plans with you and your family / carers.


Allied Health Assistant

Allied Health Assistants support both the therapist and you, the patient, to safely and effectively undertake your rehabilitation program in the most appropriate setting.

Understanding Acquired Brain Injury Seminar

The SHIU offers a 2 hour group education session on a monthly basis to assist you and your family to improve your knowledge and understanding of acquired brain injury (ABI).

Some of the topics covered in the session include: 

  • Information about causes of an ABI
  • Introduction to brain function
  • The effects of injury and the phases of recovery
  • Strategies to deal with some of the common difficulties experienced

Attendance at the seminar is highly recommended as part of your SHIU program and to assist your family with providing supporting for you. You will generally receive an invitation at point of referral to the service, unless further information is required. Should this occur, invitation may occur following commencement of your program. The SHIU also have options available for receiving the education should you be unable to attend in person.

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Last Updated: 24/05/2022