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					August 4, 2010

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  Brain Injury Awareness Week Expo in Geelong
ARCsupport, a branch of Geelong-based disability services provider Karingal,
will be hosting a free expo providing information about services and supports for
individuals with a brain injury on Monday August 16.

The expo will be held at the State Government Offices on the corner of Fenwick
and Little Malop Streets, Geelong from 9am – 4pm. The event is part of Brain
Injury Awareness Week, which runs from August 16 – 22.

An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that has occurred after
birth as a result of accident, trauma, stroke, brain infection, alcohol or drug
abuse or by disease to the brain. Over 500,000 Australians have an Acquired
Brain Injury, which equates to approximately 1 in 45 people. As many as two
out of three of these people acquired their brain injury before the age of 25, and
three out of four people with an acquired brain injury are men.

The theme of the 2010 week is ‘Falls related traumatic brain injury’. The week
will also feature the Brain Injury Prevention Program in schools throughout the
Geelong region.

Keynote speaker at this program is 28-year-old Grayden Moore, former
Australian top ten tennis player and doubles partner of Samantha Stosur, who
fell from his skateboard in 2004 and sustained a catastrophic brain injury.

ARCsupport Manager Jacqui Pierce said it wasn’t only the injured person who
faced challenges but also their families, friends and carers.

“This expo will be a one-stop-shop for anyone seeking information about
anything brain-injury - from employment services to respite,” she said. “I
strongly encourage anyone who may have a brain injury, or know someone with
a brain injury, to pop in sometime during the day.”

ARCsupport manager, Jacqui Pierce and Grayden Moore are available for interview.

Media contact: Melissa Farrell, Ph: 5229 8733 / 0423 783 146 / mfarrell@karingal.org.au

				
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