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October 2014

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Caulfield Hospital ABI Rehabilitation Centre opening guest speaker Anj Barker provided a unique insight into a young person’s experiences in living with an ABI.

Caulfield’s $36 million rehabilitation centre opens

Caulfield Hospital’s new Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre will provide Victorian patients with state-of-the-art rehabilitation services.

Opening the 42-bed facility and the nearby off-site four-bed transitional living facility, Minister for Health David Davis said the $36 million Caulfield Hospital ABI Rehabilitation Centre was a new, much-needed and purpose-built inpatient and rehabilitation facility.

‘The centre will provide a specialist rehabilitation service accessible to brain injury patients across Victoria and will be complementary to other state-wide specialist rehabilitation services.

The new facility will set a benchmark in the standard of care for ABI patients requiring longer-term, slow-stream rehabilitation and recovery from their injuries.

It will deliver extended periods of rehabilitation for people who have experienced a moderate to severe or catastrophic brain injury.

Mr Davis said that about every four days someone in Victoria suffered a severe brain injury in a road crash, which resulted in profound and irreversible changes to their lives.

‘Apart from the physical and emotional distress, a severe ABI can cost about $2.2 million in care over a lifetime,’ Mr Davis said.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has contributed $9 million towards the new facility and the Commonwealth Government had provided $27 million.

Caulfield Hospital is managed by Alfred Health which is receiving $693.92 million in Government funding for 2014–15 – up by $31.85 million on the previous year.