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)
accidents while driving
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.
Working together to reduce traumatic brain injuries
We’ve put together a traumatic brain injury strategy and action plan focusing on:
treatment and rehabilitation
better outcomes for patients and whanau
helping people who have a TBI get back into the workforce.