Here at MATRIX we aim to ensure you receive a seamless service because we think this is important. We know how frightening and daunting it can be when a child or young person, who has been so desperately ill, is discharged from hospital with a life-changing condition. We believe that you should not have to go searching for the information and support that you need; you should have been made aware of what ongoing support will be provided and who will be providing it.
Wherever possible we aim to work closely with hospital clinicians and become a valuable part of the discharge planning process to try to ensure the service you receive is seamless. You or your clinician(s) can contact us directly at any time to discuss your ongoing support needs. You can access our services at the point of discharge or can be referred to us at any out-patient appointments or services that you may be accessing.
Should our services be recommended to you, will arrange to meet you at a suitable time and place for you, to commence the support planning process as soon as possible.
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and have conflicting priorities"
"Brain development is complex and prolonged. Brain plasticity is influenced by a range of factors. Plasticity provides a base for neuro-rehab therapies and treatment"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"Different 'experts' involved in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
"Parent-supported interventions after paediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we deliver neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."