Did you know that 160,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year?
Brain Injury Defined
What is a brain injury?
An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain which is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. An ABI is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth and may have been caused by a traumatic or non-traumatic event.
- A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by an external force such as:
- a sports injury
- a motor vehicle crash
- a fall
- an assualt
- a gunshot wound
- A Non-Traumatic Brain Injury is an internal injury to the brain itself which can be the result of occurrences such as:
- a stroke
- loss of oxygen to the brain (hypoxic brain injury)
- meningitis; infection
- a brain tumour
Note: The official definitions of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury are those adopted by the Brain Injury Association of Canada.
Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Symposium on Brain Injury
In partnership with Pushor Mitchell LLP, we've been holding this annual educational event in Kelowna for over 25 years. Known as the 'go-to' opportunity for learning, inspiration, and best practices around brain injury, this symposium is well-attended by medical professionals, non-profit support workers, caregivers, families, and individuals dealing with brain injury.
Each year we bring in a line-up of qualified, professional speakers who address a variety of topics.
Join our newsletter to be sure you receive details and updates about this year's symposium being held on June 1, 2017.
Community Education Workshops
We offer education workshops by request to community partners and professionals including various streams at Okanagan College (Human Service Workers, Therapy Assistants, Homecare Aides, etc.). Workshop curriculum is tailored and can include:
- Mechanisms of Injury
- Compensatory Strategy Training
- Family Reactions and Support
- Competent Community Practices
Please contact us if you are interested in having an education workshop delivered to your group.
Want to learn more about brain injury? Here are some of our favourite resources.
pushormitchell.com - an archive of articles written about brain injury by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
preventable.ca - information from a nation-wide, multi-partner organization designed to raise awareness, transform attitudes, and ultimately change behaviour
brainline.org - preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injury
brainstreams.ca - brain injury information and resources in B.C.
tbi.org - public awareness and knowledge of acquired/traumatic brain injury
stopconcussions.com - an educational portal that players, parents, coaches, and officials can visit to seek information regarding concussions
neuroskills.com - traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and resources
injuryresearch.bc.ca - supports the integration of prevention practice into the daily lives of British Columbians