After Trang's injury, he spent some time in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit in the Liverpool Health Service. On discharge, Trang went home with some equipment provided by government funding to be cared for by his family who chose to take him home and provide the 24 hour care that he needed. Trang led a very restricted life with no access to the community. With the onset of the NDIS, Trang has been provided with a tablet and training. Trang's NDIS plan also includes some support to help him get out into the community and participate in activities he enjoys. Trang's world has now opened and he has gained a new, life changing level of independence.


Matthew Prahin, Occupational Therapist, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Hospital: You should have seen your face when you had that milkshake for the first time in a long time. It's a bit like this face now. [laughs]

Dr Adeline Hodgkinson, Director, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Hospital: I first met Trang in 1998 when he had his injury and he spent some time in the brain injury unit here. We were able finally to discharge him home with some equipment provided by government funding, to be cared for by his mother and family. Normally someone of Trang's level of disability would have gone to a nursing home but his family chose to to take him home and provide the 24-hour care that he needed. He has to be fed, changed, showered, moved in bed.

Trang: I just stayed at home, never had a chance to access the community of go outside the house.

Dr Hodgkinson: He led a very restricted life, so he rarely went out of the house.

Overlay: A call to Matt, Occupational Therapist at Liverpool Hospital, led to Trang getting upgraded equipment through Enable NSW.

Matthew Prahin: He was sitting in the kitchen and he moved the chair across the floor and I'll never forget his face. It's the first time Trang actually had control of his environment and was able to do something for himself and the look on his face was incredible, I can't describe it.

Overlay: His social worker Helen Zahra helped with his application for support through NSW Ageing Disability and Home Care in 2013. Trang applied to the NDIS in 2016.

Matthew Prahin: The thing that NDIS provided that we wouldn't have got otherwise in previous funding models was the provision of a tablet, then the hours to help Trang learn how to use that tablet, so he can access his portal and manage his own affairs. He could start making phone calls, sending emails, looking at the internet. That broadened his world even further and now I can see everything about the world on my tablet.

Dr Adeline Hodgkinson: With the onset of NDIS he's now able to access some care that enables him to get out into the community.

Trang: I go to the movies and eating shopping and go to beach and go to the temple. Now I have learned to use the iPad.

Helen Zahra, Social Worker, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Hospital: Trang calls me to ask me to assist him with making an arrangement for his medical appointments. [On phone] Oh hi Trang, how are are you going?

Trang: I'm fine, thank you.

Helen Zahra: The most rewarding thing was seeing Trang sending me an email or making a phone call.

Trang: I want to see Matt and Helen.

Helen Zahra: [on phone] What about Thursday at 10 o'clock?

Trang: Yes.

Helen Zahra: I think that gives Trang the level of independence in time of the service he receives and planning for his future.

Trang: I would like to thank the NDIS. My life is more independent.


Overlay: With thanks to Trang and the team at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Hospital. South Western Sydney Local Health District.

This video has been produced by NSW Health with funding support by the NDIS through the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) - ILC National Readiness Grants.

Current as at: Wednesday 8 May 2019
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