Brain Injury Waikato In The Media


1 March 2017, Hamilton Press
A brain injury can occur every 15 minutes in New Zealand and is often referred to as the silent epidemic.

The effects go largely unseen and have long term consequences.

But there is support available, especially in the Waikato where a regional advocacy group has just undergone a name change ahead of its 30th anniversary.

Head Injury Society Waikato is now known as Brain Injury Waikato. The change was to make the organisation easier to identify with and would be more inclusive with its national body, Brain Injury New Zealand.

Chairwoman Isy Kennedy said in the beginning people who had sustained a brain injury and their families attended support group meetings, but realised there was a need for an advocate. After discussions, the Head Injury Society Waikato was established.

“June is our Brain Injury Awareness month. We will have displays in various towns, with the cross street banners in Hamilton and Cambridge”, Kennedy said.

Seminars by a range of specialists including Neurologists, Neuropsychologists and professionals in rehabilitation will be organised.

“This year we will also invite people from the public to attend.”


Hamilton News – 10 June 2016 Edition

Brain injury is called the silent epidemic because it goes largely unseen and in many cases has long term consequences for the person and their family, requiring a wide range of support and medical services. The estimated cost on the health system is $100 million a year, but it is expected that this figure will rise significantly. Brain injuries, including stroke and traumatic brain injury, are the leading cause of disability and death in New Zealand.

However, the real cost in terms of rehabilitation, family impact and far reaching social implications for people whose head injury lasts a lifetime, is incalculable.

Brain injury does not discriminate; it can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Statistics show that those under the age of 34 make up 70% of all brain injuries. The consequences of a mild brain injury which includes a concussion may not be mild at all. (Prof Valery Feigin AUT, 2012

Brain Injury Waikato The Head Injury Network for Kiwis provides information, support, advocacy, education and raise awareness of brain injury in the community. The goal of Brain Injury Waikato is to increase the awareness and prevention of head injury throughout Waikato.

Brain Injury Waikato has organised a community based seminar focused on the many aspects of Living with a Brain Injury irrespective of the cause. Topics include: defining brain injury, behavioural issues, relationships and coping strategies, working with brain injury in the community. A wide range of specialist speakers including a Neurologist, Neuropsychologist, Senior Research Fellow, Social Worker, Speech Language Therapist, and a panel of family members sharing their perspectives of a person with a brain injury.

This seminar will bring a range of community providers, health providers and people who live with brain injury together to gain knowledge, network and share their experience.

To find out more contact Ella Scheepers, Manager,

Seminar: Living with a brain injury, 24 June 2016, Hamilton Gardens

Join Brain Injury Waikato for their balloon release to help raise awareness for all survivors, and loved ones lost to traumatic brain injury. This event will take place on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 at 12pm at the Brain Injury Waikato office, 11 Somerset Street, Hamilton. Contact Ella on 8391191


Hamilton News – June 2015 Edition

Brain injury does not discriminate; it can happen to ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

Did you know a brain injury could change your way of thinking, your behaviour/personality and stop you from going to work, participating in sport or taking care of those you love? June is Head Injury Awareness month and Brain Injury Waikato The Head Injury Network for Kiwis is working hard to increase awareness of brain injury in the community. With more than 36,000 new brain injuries occurring every year in New Zealand (Brain Injury Outcomes New Zealand In the Community study, published in international medical journal The Lancet on 22 Nov 2012) it is important people are aware that brain injury impacts on the person, their family and the community as a whole, says Manager, Ella Scheepers. If you have any concerns after a knock on the head, see your doctor.

Displays with home made baking in Cambridge on Friday, 12th June and Matamata on Tuesday, 16th June.

‘Living with a Brain Injury’ Seminar with the topic Concussion / Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is on Friday, 19th June at Hamilton Gardens. Cost is $75 and all welcome to attend.

‘Hats on Friday” event on Friday, 26th June. Businesses, community groups and schools are invited to participate in this event by wear a fun hat to raise awareness of brain injury. Donations are appreciated.

Contact the Brain Injury Waikato office on 07 839 1191 or email for support and information.