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Insight: A Hidden Injury

South west Sydney researcher provides expert perspective on Insight


South west Sydney researcher, Associate Professor Grahame Simpson joined a panel of consumers, experts, and community members for Insight on SBS this week. A/Prof Simpson is a member of the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, Brain Injury and Rehabilitation group and Senior Social Worker – Clinical Specialist at Liverpool Hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit. He was featured on Insight to add his opinion and expertise regarding Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) to the program discussions.

“The brain is such a complex organism and so it depends what parts of the brain are damaged, it depends on the type of damage that occurs, how much recovery the brain can make.” A/Prof Simpson said.

Over  700,000 Australians have a brain injury and some estimates suggest the cost of looking after someone with a brain injury for their lifetime can be up to $5 million.

Some of these injuries occur after birth – strokes, falls, accidents, assaults and more – and are known as acquired brain injuries (ABIs). The majority of people with these injuries acquired them before turning 25, and in many cases the primary responsibility of care has fallen up on their nearest and dearest.

In the program this week, A Hidden Injury, Insight explored what an acquired brain injury can mean for families, friendships, and future opportunities. Specifically, the panel of guests, and the participating audience discussed one primary issue faced by people with ABI. Often, ABI will go largely unnoticed by those who are not familiar with a person who has acquired the injury. For families, changes in behaviour and personality may be devastating and “like losing a familiar, beloved person in their life”.

Families joined medical experts this week to discuss all sides of the issue of this hidden injury.


You can see the whole program of Insight: A Hidden Injury here.


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A/Prof Grahame Simpson is Senior Research Fellow and Research Group Leader of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research in Liverpool and Senior Social Worker – Clinical Specialist at the Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Liverpool Hospital. The Ingham Institute and South Western Sydney LHD are members of South West Sydney Research.

Read more about A/Prof Simpson and his research on our “Find a Researcher” page here.