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Understanding Brain Injuries in Queensland: Causes, Effects, and Support

Brain injuries can have profound and far-reaching effects on individuals and their families. In Queensland alone, over 11,000 people acquire a brain injury each year. Understanding the causes, effects, and available support is crucial in addressing this significant health issue.

How Common Are Brain Injuries in Queensland?

According to Queensland Health, more than 11,000 Queenslanders suffer from a brain injury annually. Traumatic brain injuries are notably prevalent, with approximately 70% resulting from motor vehicle accidents. Alarmingly, the majority of these injuries affect individuals aged 16-24, highlighting the vulnerability of young drivers and passengers.

The Effects of a Brain Injury

A brain injury can impact various aspects of an individual's life, leading to cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges:

  • Cognitive Difficulties: Individuals may struggle with memory, concentration, and communication skills.
  • Physical Difficulties: Symptoms can include paralysis, slurred or slow speech, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, and impairments in vision, hearing, or balance.
  • Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Depression and other emotional issues are common among those who have experienced a brain injury.

Treatment Options for Brain Injuries

The treatment for brain injuries varies based on the severity and cause of the injury. Common treatments include:

  • Surgery: Often necessary to address physical damage to the brain.
  • Radiological Investigations: Imaging techniques help in diagnosing and planning treatment.
  • Therapies: Occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and neuropsychologists play vital roles in the rehabilitation process.

The Role of the Brain Injury Foundation

The Brain Injury Foundation (BIF) is dedicated to providing care, assistance, and guidance to those affected by brain injuries and their families. BIF offers funding exclusively to Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registered organizations, supporting a range of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of individuals with brain injuries.

Who Have We Helped So Far?

The Foundation has funded various projects, including:

  • The purchase of medical equipment for early diagnosis.
  • Hiring music therapists and recreational officers for rehabilitation.
  • Scholarships for research into brain injury treatment.
  • One-on-one tuition for children with traumatic brain injuries.
  • Social workers to support children born with brain injuries and their families.


Brain injuries present significant challenges, but with proper treatment and support, individuals can lead fulfilling lives. The Brain Injury Foundation continues to play a pivotal role in providing the necessary resources and support to those affected. For more information on how you can help or to make a donation, please visit our website at