Injury and personal rehabilitation outcomes pathway

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The personal experience of brain injury specialist rehabilitation is unique for each person. Brain injury specialist rehabilitation enables the person to work on achieving goals that are meaningful to them. The person works on the specific areas that are relevant and may include physical difficulty, thinking or cognitive processing, perception, social skills and relationships and goals meaningful to them that enable returning to work, getting about in the community, and adjusting to changes the person may experience following a brain injury.

This pathway is unique for every person with a brain injury.

The goal is for the person to be independent as they possibly can.

To understand the person's recovery and rehabilitation outcomes pathway, it is important to understand:

  • their life before the injury
  • the injury and the impairments it causes
  • the wide impacts caused by the impairments
  • the recovery and rehabilitation pathway for achieving outcomes to address the impairments and impacts, including surviving, relearning skills, returning to school and work and reconnecting with community.

Figure 1: Personal outcomes pathway

Life before the injury

The injury

Getting immediate help


Ambulance, emergency department



Neurosurgery, intensive care, inpatient therapy

Re-learning skills

Hospital rehabilitation, transitional living

Brain injury or general rehabilitation unit


Discharge planning

Assessments, care planning, funding management, case management

Back into the community

Living in community

Support services, case management

Continuing to re-learn

In the community with rehabilitation

Supported accommodation, outpatient services, case management

Living in the community

In community for life

Community services, case management, schools, workplaces

Discharged from the community team

Back at work


The person
Community services settings
Health services settings
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