WEL221 Acquired Brain Injury (8)

The aim of this subject is to provide an in-depth introduction to the impairments, disabilities and handicaps associated with acquired brain injury. The subject will focus on developing effective work practices for students to assist people with acquired brain injury and their family/carers. Students will develop an understanding of the various aspects of acquired brain injury, the psychosocial impact of acquired brain injury leading to the outcome of effective work practices when working in the community setting.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • explain what is meant by acquired brain injury (ABI);
  • identify the range of causes and epidemiology of ABI;
  • describe the basic anatomy of the brain and its functions;
  • describe the various pathologies that result from both disease and trauma;
  • describe the range of impairments and disabilities associated with ABI;
  • recognise the difference between ABI and other disabilities;
  • describe the recovery process and the role of rehabilitation;
  • define the roles of various rehabilitation staff;
  • explain the particular psychosocial issues associated with ABI;
  • recognise the common long term outcomes for people with ABI;
  • explain the obstacles for people with ABI reentering community life;
  • describe the impact of ABI on the family unit;
  • recognise the effect of ABI on sexuality and relationships;
  • describe the major issues involved in working with clients from varying cultures;
  • explain common legal and financial issues relating to ABI;
  • demonstrate knowledge of key principles and practical strategies in assisting a person who has had an ABI;
  • identify a range of specific ABI and generic disability and community services and their individual roles e.g., health, respite care, accommodation support, attendant care, recreation, advocacy, vocational services;
  • explain the various approaches to case management
  • use case studies to:
  • identify individual client needs
  • demonstrate skill in negotiating goals with the client
  • describe appropriate strategies to assist the client
  • identify the roles of other agencies.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Module 1: Understanding acquired brain injury * Definition and cause of acquired brain injury. Differences between ABI and other types of disabilities * The people affected by ABI, prevalence and incidence of ABI * Brain structure and types of injury * Recovery paths and prognosis from ABI * Impairments and disabilities associated with ABI * Case studies Module 2: The psychosocial impact of ABI * What is meant by psycho-social? * Community perceptions of ABI; * Impact of ABI on behaviour and psychological status; * Impact of ABI on family relationships; * Vocational and educational issues; * Psychosocial outcome following ABI. Module 3: Effective work practices in the community setting * Principles of effective work practices * The service network * An introduction to practical approaches for specific problems * Case studies


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.