Spreading the word

Northland branch founding member founding member Alex Stewart

A Northland brain injury support group is celebrating 20 years of providing advocacy, support and information to the injured and their caregivers.

Around 36,000 people in New Zealand suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year and Brain Injury Association Northland provide a liason service to assist those with brain injuries and their families to find appropriate professional help.

The group hold monthly support group meetings every third Thursday of the month at Dargaville Hospital.

Northland branch founding member, Alex Stewart, first became involved in advocating for those with brain injuries when his son was involved in a car accident in Australia.

Mr Stewart and his wife Mary brought their son back to New Zealand after his accident, where they became involved in forming the Head Injury Society in Auckland in 1981. Later they changed the name to the Brain Injury Association.

The couple moved to Ruawai in 1998 and founded the Northland branch of the Brain Injury Association which covers from Wellsford to the cape.

“It’s very important we have liaison officers because they are the link between the brain injured person, their family and the support services,” Mr Stewart said. 

The group will also be arranging some events during Brain Injury Awareness week from March 19-23. More information will be made available closer to the time. 

For more information contact northland@brain-injury.org.nz.


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