Reducing traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect a large number of people in New Zealand. We want to create awareness and reduce the number, severity and impact of TBIs.

A traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time. Around 36,000 people in New Zealand suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year. Of these, we only treat 14,000, so most people aren’t getting their injury checked by a health provider.

Most traumatic brain injuries are caused by:

  • recreation or playing sport (this makes up 20% of injuries)
  • falls
  • using machinery
  • accidents while driving
  • assault.

How traumatic brain injuries can impact lives

Deane’s story is the same for many people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. He had a significant injury in 2014 which has affected his life and whānau in a very real way. The future is looking up for Deane, but it’s been a long road.

We're working to educate people on what a traumatic brain injury is and how it happens. We want more people to get the treatment, help and care they need.

If you have a TBI, we have many resources to help with your recovery.

Find our TBI Resources

We also fund the book Head Space from the New Zealand Spinal Trust for people who have a claim with us for a TBI.

Request a copy through the NZ Spinal Trust website

Working together to reduce traumatic brain injuries

We’ve put together a traumatic brain injury strategy and action plan focusing on:

  • prevention
  • improving diagnosis
  • treatment and rehabilitation
  • better outcomes for patients and whanau
  • helping people who have a TBI get back into the workforce.

Traumatic brain injury strategy and action plan

Who we’re working with

Over the next five years, we’re working with government agencies to help us carry out the strategy. These include:

  • Ministry of Justice
  • Department of Corrections
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry for Vulnerable Children (Oranga Tamariki)
  • New Zealand Police. 
Last published: 9 December 2020