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Paediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team

 

The Paediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team (PBIRT) provides specialist multidisciplinary assessment and case management for children and young people with acquired brain injuries.


Services provided
  • Support for child and family with transition from the acute hospital setting into the community
  • Multidisciplinary medically led rehabilitation clinics
  • Initial rehabilitation care planning
  • Provision of time limited, goal focused multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs
  • Psychosocial support
  • Referral to Botulinum Toxin Clinic where indicated
  • Consultation on therapy regimes
  • Liaison with education and school support staff
  • Home / school programmes
  • Referral to and ongoing liaison with local community services
  • Support for health professionals caring for children living in regional and remote locations including via TeleHealth
  • Outreach clinics to Tamworth and Taree

 

Who provides services?
  • Medical Specialist
  • Nursing staff
  • Allied Health staff including Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Social Work, Psychology, Art Therapy and Music Therapy

 

Staff
  • Dr Robert Smith – Staff Specialist
  • Jenny Harben / Ella Aitchison – CNC
  • Marney Leeson / Melissa Smith – Physio
  • Noni Payling / Katrina Dathan-Horder – OT
  • Teigan Keating – SP
  • Harriet Ferguson – Social Work
  • Wendy McConnell – Clinical Psychologist
  • Julie Nichols – Art Therapy
  • Sean Nolan – Music Therapy
  • Michelle Pietroboni – Child Life Therapy
  • Louise Konz - Dietitian
  • Donna Jones / Janet Zacharko – Allied Health Assistant
  • Connie Carlyon - Administration Officer

 

Referral Requirements

Children must:

  • Have a diagnosis of acquired brain injury after birth with an identified need for a multidisciplinary assessment of function.
  • Be aged 0-18 years.
  • New referrals for children aged 16 to 18 years will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine allocation to paediatric or adult services.
  • Reside within the Child Health Network - Northern
  • Require a multidisciplinary assessment, medical and therapeutic interventions (i.e. not a referral for a specific discipline or maintenance)

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