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About the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Network

The NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Network researches, develops and delivers best practice inpatient, transitional and community-based rehabilitation to people with acquired brain injury in NSW.

The Network comprises the 15 specialist Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs (BIRPs) in NSW in collaboration with consumers, families, researchers, managers, other clinicians and representatives from government and non-government services.

Network executive

The Network is coordinated by a team at ACI, under the clinical direction of the Executive Committee.

We welcome consumers, partners and clinicians from both the private and public sectors to join the Network to contribute to projects and remain up to date with Network activities.

Adeline Hodgkinson

Adeline Hodgkinson, Co-Chair
Director, Brain Injury Unit
Liverpol Hospital
South West Sydney Local Health District

Cassandra Carswell

Cassandra Carswell, Co-Chair
Service Manager
Mid North Coast Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service
Mid North Coast Local Health District


Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program

NSW has seven NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs (BIRPs) located in Sydney and Newcastle metropolitan areas with eight BIRPs in key regional centres. Contact information and links to websites.


Network priorities

  • Monitor the NSW model of care for the rehabilitation of people with severe brain injury and ensure it remains consistent with current world best practice and NSW Ministry of Health priorities.
  • Ensure quality and equity of access to brain injury rehabilitation services by:
    • establishing formal referral and support pathways across metropolitan and regional services
    • promoting culturally aware service models and environments
    • delivering integrated care through working collaboratively with other local government and non-government services and agencies.
  • Ensure consumer and family perspectives, experiences and needs are central to service evaluation and development.
  • Implement a consistent evidence-based approach to measuring outcomes for people admitted to the NSW BIRP.
  • Support clinicians working in the BIRP services by developing strategies to translate research knowledge into therapy practice.
  • Develop evidence-based education resources and to provide training opportunities for clinicians.
  • Advocate for the continued development and delivery of rehabilitation services to people with severe brain injury.