South Australia Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service (BIRS)
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services (BIRS) is a South Australian statewide specialist rehabilitation service for people in South Australia, which also provides services for clients from western New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
A brain injury may result from trauma, hypoxia, infection, tumour, substance abuse, degenerative neurological disease or strokes.
Following a brain injury, people may experience a variety of difficulties including changes to their:
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Community and Home (BIRCH) is a South Australian statewide specialist rehabilitation service based at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. It has been operating since 1987.
BIRCH is the community section of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services and is part of the broader Central Adelaide Rehabilitation Service. Prior to 2001 BIRS was managed by Julia Farr Services.
skilled therapy teams which address an individual’s physical, psychological, cognitive, independent living, vocational, educational and leisure needs
an interdisciplinary, holistic approach
skills training in a variety of settings
support for families and caregivers
a driver assessment and retraining program
a return to bike riding program
support, education and counselling for individuals and their families.
Therapy aims to facilitate recovery and adjustment to changes and to promote independence and a positive lifestyle in the community. Therapists work closely with people to work towards goals that have been identified by the individual.
Therapy may occur in a variety of settings including:
the person’s home
in his or her community
at one of our rehabilitation facilities.
BIRCH eligibility criteria
To access BIRCH, you must:
se over 18 years of age
have experienced an acquired brain injury
require a period of specialised interdisciplinary rehabilitation to facilitate recovery and adjustment to changes and to promote independence and a positive lifestyle in the community.
BIRCH referral information
BIRCH receives referrals from major metropolitan and subacute facilities; country centres and interstate facilities. Referrals are reviewed and triaged by the team.
Contact (08) 8222 1888 for a referral form or download below:
Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre 207-235 Hampstead Road, Lightsview SA 5085
Repat Health Precinct 216 Daws Road, Daw Park SA 5041
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) is a 25 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit for adults with an acquired brain injury.
BIRU is the inpatient rehabilitation service of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services (BIRS).
BIRU offers an interdisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation. The client and the family are an integral part of the therapy team, actively participating in decision-making and the therapy process.
Team members work closely with clients as they strive to meet their goals and work towards a return to community living. This may involve:
Promoting independence and safety
Learning new strategies and modified skills
Progress in physical and cognitive therapy and progress towards achieving a successful discharge are reviewed regularly with the client and family. Support, education and counselling form an integral part of our service.
Once medically and practically possible, time at home will be encouraged as part of the rehabilitation process.
The rehabilitation team liaises with relevant community agencies and assists clients to explore any issues around accommodation, equipment and support as a part of planning.
BIRU eligibility criteria
To be eligible for BIRU, you must:
Be over 18 years of age
Have an acquired brain injury
Require a 24 hour residential facility
Have identified rehabilitation goals focusing on promoting independence and quality of life in the community or in supported accommodation
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