Although CG has continued on, through its various nodes – it’s at this point that our CG Plan will be Updated. Inclusion of the 2 following points is essential, considering the current world situations. At least 2 other Admin’s will be listed in the next Edition of the Plan, which should also be acknowledging the various CG Members from our initial days using only our eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, political affiliation or beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression
Promote a particular religious affiliation, dogma, or doctrine as part of its mission or in exchange for its services (being affiliated with a religious organization is not in itself disqualifying)
Currently, Leela Alvarez & Andrea Osadnick are the Administrators of our LinkedIn & Facebook sites. As discussed previously, our Group of Members who have contributed in any of the Planning each deserve to be Credited! We’ll try to request any of the names that should be added into these Credits…
We take our responsibility to the health and safety of our employees and the people we work with seriously.
In light of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, we are taking measures across all programs and services to ensure we minimise the risk to our community. These measures will remain in place until further notice. As the current situation develops we will reassess and update you on our plans.
As a precautionary measure we are restricting all work-related travel and client visits to reduce the risk of exposure, both to Synapse staff and to the people we work with. We will however remain fully contactable via phone and other online options to minimise, as far as possible, any impact on essential services. Our Housing and Direct Support services will not be affected by these changes.
Our phone-based information and referral services continue to operate and be available nationally.
We will be cancelling our planned in-person peer support group sessions to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for both our staff and those who attend these gatherings.
However, you can join in with our community online in a number of ways:
Synapse Brain Injury Forum
Our online forum to discuss all aspects of living with or supporting someone with a brain injury.
In the last few days of Australia’s Parliament, AusPol have announced that a Royal Commission into Disabilities is being drafted. While many political commentators view this as amongst the Liberal-National Party Coalition’s last ditch efforts to get some undecided votes at the approaching Election in May 19, vastly outstanding differences of the Labour Party will mean that LNP should keep the conditions of this RC precise.
We’ve also been reminded on news channels that ALP have been requesting many of LNP’s eventual decisions, for years. Particularly following ALP’s Budget Reply, many much-needed plans will quickly be brought into effect.
From surviving the ‘serious car crash’ in 1998, many forms of Social Media have been taken further since then. While certain ‘Official Dates’ may appear after this 1998 date, a lifelong change-in-direction was experienced. Various Surnames, Address, Administrative, Capacity & Legal changes have occured in this time. Most of these are now stable, yet the Administrative, Capacity & Legal matters have only begun ‘rearing their heads’…
To help me get my own understanding around the complex nature my own Private Session with Royal Commission & family disruptions had started to reveal, numerous Counsellors had been spoken with & an Introduction-Summary was drafted. Perhaps I expected that this would’ve been as complex, as it was turning out to be, yet it was proof that everyone (if able to) should ‘unload’ their history – even if it is to a notepad/typewriter/computer (‘Cathartic reliefs’).
As a further promotion within our BISG Network & beyond, it’s being suggested that we also begin in Advertising-Marketing. FB provide Advert Manager, which is as effective as other Adverts I’ve used. I look forward to your POV on this, as a pay-per-click, etc idea…
To help reduce the stress on a marriage following traumatic brain injury to a spouse, the Brain Injury Association of America offers the following tips:
Patiently listen to your partner and show a positive attitude. Are there parts of what he/she is saying that you can agree with?
When your partners makes a statement be cautious about disagreeing. Edit your thoughts to avoid saying only negative things that come to mind.
Be willing to compromise.
To avoid misunderstandings have an honest discussion and make a list of who is in charge of what.
Once a list is agreed upon, expect that your partner will attend to his/her jobs perhaps in a different way or in a different time frame than you would like. Even when you think something should be done differently, avoid being critical.
Always express real appreciation for the things that your spouse does, even small things. People who feel appreciated are more likely to contribute their time and energy to help out each other.
A change in priorities.
Make a commitment to having a good relationship, something you did well when you first met one another.
Plan times when you and your partner can enjoy something fun-a movie on television, a board game, a walk-and make this an activity that can’t be pushed aside for something else.
Focus on the positives in your new life. Couples that are happiest make five positive statements about their relationship or their partner for every one negative statement. So, even if you are having a bad day, make sure to point out one or two good things about your spouse or relationship and say them out loud.
Emotional and Personality Changes
Look for opportunities to laugh with your spouse. Sometimes at first laughter can feel forced. The more you try to have a good time with your partner, the more natural having fun together will feel. Couples who laugh together are lots happier.
When your spouse says something you don’t expect, see if there is a different way to look at it. Rather than feel embarrassed, hurt, or angry, see if you can find a reason to smile.
It is ok to expect and demand that your partner treats you with respect. Please do not tolerate hurtful behavior, even if it seems to make things easier for a short time. If your spouse says something or does something hurtful, calmly state “I will not allow you to treat me this way” and then leave the situation.
Remember, brain injury or not, many couples do not agree on everything.
There is no doubt that following a traumatic brain injury remaining married and happy within that marriage is a challenge for most couples with or without brain injury. Whatever your situation is know that you can have a positive and healthy relationship by understanding the challenges that the brain injury of your spouse will present to the marriage. Lastly, if the problems seem more difficult than you can handle alone, seek the assistance of a local marriage counselor who has some understanding of traumatic brain injury.
While there may not have been the desired number of attendees at our recent 10th year Anniversary, we were able to continue & Share some good habits. As Communication & Interaction were again highlighted by some attendees’ comprehension difficulties.
Of good outcomes were the sharing of some of our magazines, posters, leaflets & brochures from the supporting Local (Brisbane) bodies: Princess Alexandra Hospital (Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit), Multiple Sclerosis Qld & Synapse (previous Brain Injury Association Qld). Coffees & treats were kindly sponsored by Zarraffas Coffee Shop in Toowong Village.