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About Us

The Headway ABI Story

Care with dignity.
Support with respect.
Progress with pride.

Our Story

Headway ABI began when a group of people on the Gold Coast, each with a family member who acquired a brain injury (ABI), recognized the need for specialized care and support for their loved ones. Incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act 1981, the group launched as Headway Gold Coast Inc in July 1986, changing to Headway ABI Australia in October 2017.

Headway ABI provides services from Coolangatta to South Brisbane. Our participants are referred to us from various sources, including Gold Coast and Brisbane hospitals, community and disability services, clinics, family, friends and self-referrals.

People with complex disabilities, caused by an ABI, require long-term physical and neurological rehabilitation to improve their capacity to return to the community and/or family. Headway ABI recognized a lack of specialized services and support after discharge from hospital. We established the first transitional disability ABI accommodation on the Gold Coast as well as the Wings Wellbeing Centre, which provides cognitive and functional rehabilitation through exercise therapy.

To improve our services, resources and support for our participants, their families, carers, friends and the Gold Coast community, we regularly undertake fundraising activities.

Headway ABI‘s Board of Directors are responsible for overseeing our strategic direction and governance. This voluntary group is committed to serving the Headway ABI community through professional, dignified, relevant and sector-leading service. The participants’ needs, goals and choices are the first priority when our Board makes decisions.

A New Start

Transitioning from hospital

Leaving hospital is an important step in your ABI journey. Here on the Gold Coast, Headway ABI helps you to make this transition and prepare for the challenges to come.

For example, should you still require assistance with everyday tasks, it might mean you are not quite ready to return to the family home. Don’t worry, that is all part of transitioning from hospital. The good news is that Headway ABI will determine the care and support you need, and ensure arrangements are in place in a safe, caring and respectful environment.

This process begins in the lead-up to your departure from hospital as Headway ABI works with you, your carer or social worker. We will then develop a service agreement tailored for you.

Our support services include:

Support Coordination

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Support Accommodation

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In-Home Support

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Social And Community Participation

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Making a difference

Your goals are our priority

Headway ABI has access to services, staff and support systems that can make a huge difference in setting and achieving your goals post-ABI. Whatever your aspirations – be it greater independence, getting and keeping a job, learning new skills, enrolling in education, becoming more active in the community, improving your relationships, making new friends – Headway ABI is here for you. We have helped so many people to achieve their goals. We would love to do the same for you.

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The Right Fit

Support you can rely on, relationships you can trust

How has Acquired Brain Injury affected your family? Are you supporting your son or daughter in the family home? Are you wondering what other assistance/options may be available, whether short or long-term?

In terms of support personnel, it is reassuring to know that Headway ABI specialises in matching support staff to you, your child or loved one. This combination of the professional and the personal creates a perfect match of support that can achieve great outcomes and build strong and inspiring relationships.

Our professional, friendly and dedicated staff create an inclusive environment that welcomes family connections, respects choice, and prioritises safety and dignity. We also have a range of accommodation options and will help you find the one best suited to your needs and circumstances. Before making any decision, you are welcome to visit our residences and meet other tenants.

For more information, call us on 07 5574 4311 or click on the following:

Allied Health

Therapies tailored for you

Complementing the support services already offered by Headway ABI for individuals, families, carers and more, we also have access to highest quality Allied Health professionals. They will work with you during your rehabilitation/recovery and will help you to develop and implement your long-term health goals. We have a range of Allied Health therapies to suit your needs.

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Your NDIS Registered Provider

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was created to support Australians living with a disability. Headway ABI is proud to be a fully certified NDIS Registered Provider.

For information about accessing Headway ABI‘s services through the NDIS, go to the NDIS Myplace Portal. We realise that this may be difficult for some people so please contact us via email or on 07 5574 431 if you require assistance in navigating the NDIS, including:

  • Any questions you may have about the NDIS
  • Identifying your needs, goals and aspirations
  • Completing your NDIS Planning Workbook
  • Planning meetings with your Local Area Coordinator