A collaborative approach to rehabilitation

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

It was a busy trip over the Tasman recently for Adelene Yap, Quality Outcomes Coordinator for Brightwater Disability Services. Adelene visited Wellington, New Zealand to attend the 42nd Annual Brain Impairment Conference - 2019, jointly hosted for the first time by the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) and the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA).

While in the country, Adelene took the opportunity to travel to Auckland to visit ABI Rehabilitation Specialists, to showcase our Oats Street model of care, with a focus on our functional, ‘real life’ approach to brain injury rehabilitation.

The purpose of Adelene’s visit was to learn more about their acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation approach, and how we can learn from one another to adopt similar processes and outcome measures. Potential future collaboration opportunities were discussed with the Rehabilitation Services Manager and Research Director, to see how our individual strengths can be adopted in future practice.

(L-R) Standing - Allison Foster, Research Director, ABI Rehabilitation Specialists (ABI Rehab) and Adelene Yap. Sitting - Meagan, Senior Speech Pathologist and Helene, Senior Occupational Therapist at ABI Rehab. 

Adelene also visited the Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation Centre, which helps support people who are affected by brain injury, stroke, spinal injury, post-surgical recovery and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. 

“We are learning each other’s processes and systems to see which ones we could adapt and adopt for our Brightwater Oats Street Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service”, said Adelene.

To learn more about the Oats Street brain injury rehabilitation program, watch this video.