The Concussion Service has been established to provide early access and timely assessment for people who have sustained a mild (concussion) or moderate traumatic brain injury or have post concussion syndrome.
We ensure we look after the client through their journey from early triage through to their independence, study or work goals utilising our range of services alongside our Concussion service if required.
For ACC to fund a referral to the Concussion Service, the client needs to be between 10 days and 12 months post injury, have an accepted ACC claim and be referred by their GP, Accident and Medical Centre or ACC Case Manager.
Following a concussion or moderate brain injury people commonly experience a range of symptoms including:
All of these symptoms can affect the clients ability to return to work or study, and to manage their usual activities.
Once a referral is received, an experienced therapist meets with the client to carry out an initial interview to gather more information about the accident and ongoing symptoms and difficulties. The client will be provided with information and advice about brain injury, and how the client can manage symptoms to ensure they are on the right path for recovery.
A treatment and rehabilitation plan is developed and forwarded to the ACC Case Manager. This can include any of the following, depending upon the clients needs: