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.
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
"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"
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is proven to bring health improvements; improve independence; reduces the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
"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."
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."